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NICE quality standard QS13: End of life care for adults

November 17 2011

This quality standard published by the National Clinical Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) defines clinical best practice in provding end of life care for adults.


It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

This quality standard covers all settings and services in which care is provided by health and social care staff to all adults approaching the end of life. This includes adults who die suddenly or after a very brief illness.

The quality standard does not cover condition-specific management and care, clinical management of specific physical symptoms or emergency planning and mass casualty incidents.

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