This page provides information and resources to help you to continually improve your skills and expand your knowledge in end-of-life-care.

Last updated: May 2020


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Knowledge and skills

Research papers, articles and books

Alsolamy S. Islamic views on artificial nutrition and hydration in terminally ill patients. Bioethics 2012; 28(2), 96–99.

Barriguinha C, Mourão MT, Martins JC. The speech therapist in palliative care: perspective of patients, families and/or informal caregivers and professional team involved. Revista Portuguesa de Terapia da Fala 2015; 04, 15–20.

Bogaardt H, Veerbeek L, Kelly K, Van der Heide A, Van Zuylen L, Speyer R. Swallowing problems at the end of the palliative phase: incidence and severity in 164 unsedated patients. Dysphagia 2014; 30(2), 145–151.

Boundy EO, Dastjerdi R, Spiegelman D, Fawzi WW, Missmer SA, Lieberman E, Kajeepeta S, Wall S, Chan GJ. Kangaroo mother care and neonatal outcomes: a meta-analysis. Pediatrics [online] 2016; 137(1), e20152238

Bowen P, Mansfield A, King H. Using subcutaneous fluids in end-of-life care Nursing Times [online] 2014

Chahda L, Mathisen BA, Carey, L.B. The role of speech-language pathologists in adult palliative care. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology [online] 2017; 19(1), 58–68

Clark D, Armstrong M, Allan A, Graham F, Carnon A, Isles C. Imminence of death among hospital inpatients: prevalent cohort study. Palliative Medicine [online] 2014; 28(6), 474–479

Eckman S, Roe J. Speech and language therapists in palliative care: what do we have to offer? International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2005; 11(4), 179–181.

Fraser L, Miller M, Hain R, Norman P, Aldridge J, McKinney P, Parslow R. Rising National Prevalence of Life-Limiting Conditions in Children in EnglandWhite Rose Research Online. [online] 201

Gardiner C, Harrison M, Ryan T, Jones A. Provision of palliative and end-of-life care in stroke units: a qualitative study. Palliative Medicine 2013; 27(9), 855–860.

Good P, Richard R, Syrmis W, Jenkins-Marsh S, Stephens J. Medically assisted hydration for adult palliative care patientsCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [online] 2014

Griffith R. Withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration. British Journal of Community Nursing 2017; 22(12), 615–617.

Hawksley R, Ludlow F, Buttimer H, Bloch S. Communication disorders in palliative care: investigating the views, attitudes and beliefs of speech and language therapists. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2017; 23(11), 543–551.

Hughes JC, Jolley D, Jordan A, Sampson EL. Palliative care in dementia: issues and evidence. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment [online] 2007; 13(4), pp.251–260

Hummel P, Cronin J. Home care of the high-risk infant. Advances in Neonatal Care, 2004; 4(6), 354–364.

Jones S, Howard L, Thornicroft G. ‘Diagnostic overshadowing’: worse physical health care for people with mental illness. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica [online] 2008; 118(3), 169–171

Kambarami RA. Kangaroo Care Method (Mother-Baby Skin to Skin Care) : a guide for health workers. Harare: Uz, Dept. Of Paediatrics And Child Health, 1996.

Kelly K, Cumming S, Corry A, Gilsenan K, Tamone C, Vella K, Bogaardt H. The role of speech-language pathologists in palliative care: where are we now? A review of the literature. Progress in Palliative Care 2016; 24(6), pp.315–323.

Kenner C, Mcgrath JM, National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants: a Guide for Health Professionals. Glenview, Il: National Association of Neonatal Nurses, 2010.

Krikheli L, Mathisen BA, Carey LB. Speech–language pathology in paediatric palliative care: a scoping review of role and practice. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2017; 20(5), 541–553.

Lambert H. The allied health care professionalʼs role in assisting medical decision making at the end of life. Topics in Language Disorders [online] 2012; 32(2), 119–136

Levy A, Dominguez-Gasson L, Brown E, Frederick C. (). Managing dysphagia in the adult approaching end of life. ASHA Leader, 2004; 9(13), 1.

Luckett T, Reid, KLP. Speech and Language Therapy in Palliative Care [online]., 2015

Mason J, Scior K. ‘Diagnostic overshadowing’ amongst clinicians working with people with intellectual disabilities in the UK. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities [online] 2004; 17(2), pp.85–90

Mathisen B, Yates P, Crofts P. Palliative care curriculum for speech-language pathology students. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 2011; 46(3), 273–285.

Mckenzie K. Feeding Decisions at the End-of-Life: Law, Ethics and Emotions [online] 2018

Moloney J, Walshe M. Managing and supporting quality‐of‐life issues in dysphagia: a survey of clinical practice patterns and perspectives in the UK, Ireland and South Africa. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 2018; 54(1), 41–49.

Murphy J. Communication strategies of people with ALS and their partners. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Other Motor Neuron Disorders 2004a; 5(2), 121–126.

Murphy J. ‘I prefer contact this close’: perceptions of AAC by people with motor neurone disease and their communication partners. Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2004b; 20(4), 259–271.

Murray SA, Kendall M, Boyd K, Sheikh A. Illness trajectories and palliative care. BMJ 2005; 330(7498), 1007–1011.

Nancarrow SA, Booth A, Ariss S, Smith T, Enderby P, Roots A. (). Ten principles of good interdisciplinary team work. Human Resources for Health 2013; 11(1).

A Narrative for Person-centred Coordinated Care. National Voices [online], 2013

Newman K. Speech and language therapy techniques in end-of-life care. End of Life Journal 2009; 3(1), 8–14.

O’Reilly AC, Walshe M. Perspectives on the role of the speech and language therapist in palliative care: an international survey. Palliative Medicine 2015; 29(8), 756–761.

Parravicini E. Neonatal palliative care. Current Opinion in Pediatrics 2017; 29(2), 135–140.

Pascoe A, Breen LJ, Cocks N. What is needed to prepare speech pathologists to work in adult palliative care? International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 2018; 53(3), 542–549.

Pollens RD. Integrating speech-language pathology services in palliative end-of-life care. Topics in Language Disorders 2012; 32(2), 137–148.

Public Health England. End of Life Care Profiles: February 2018 update [online]. GOV.UK, 2018

Robinson L, Dickinson C, Bamford C, Clark A, Hughes J, Exley C.. A qualitative study: professionals’ experiences of advance care planning in dementia and palliative care, ‘a good idea in theory but ….’ Palliative Medicine 2012; 27(5), 401–408.

Roe J, Leslie P. Beginning of the end? Ending the therapeutic relationship in palliative care [online]. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2010

Salt N, Robertson SJ. A hidden client group? Communication impairment in hospice patients. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, [online] 1998; 33(S1), 96–101

Saunders C, Baines M. Living with dying: the management of terminal disease. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989

Sinuff T, Dodek P, You JJ, Barwich D, Tayler C, Downar J, Hartwick M, Frank C, Stelfox HT, Heyland DK. Improving end-of-life communication and decision making: the development of a conceptual framework and quality indicators. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2015; 49(6), 1070–1080.

Soileau K and Elster N. The hospice patient’s right to oral care. Journal of Palliative Care 2018; 33(2), pp.65–69.

Sue Ryder Care. New Research Reveals the Biggest Concerns People Have When a Loved One is Dying [online]. Sue Ryder, 2018

Taylor H. Legal and ethical issues in end of life care: implications for primary health care. Primary Health Care 2015; 25(5), 34–41.

The Brain Tumour Charity. Losing Myself. The Brain Tumour Charity [online], (2013)

Together for Short Lives. Key Information About Children Who May Need Palliative Care [online], 2019

Toner MA, Shadden BB. End of life. Topics in Language Disorders 2012; 32(2), 111–118.

Tuffrey-Wijne I, Hogg J, Curfs L. End-of-life and palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities who have cancer or other life-limiting illness: a review of the literature and available resources. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 2007; 20(4), 331–344.

Volkmer A. Dealing with Capacity and Other Legal Issues with Adults with Acquired Neurological Conditions, 2016


RCSLT factsheet

Generic end-of-life care resources

Breaking Bad News [online], 2019

Dying Matters. Resources [online], 2019

Resources, Hospice IQ. Hospice UK [online], 2016 Resources – Macmillan Cancer Support [online], 2019

Marie Curie. Publications and Resources [online], 2019 End of Life Care: Resources [online], 2016

Specific end-of-life care resources

RCSLT mouth care guidance – best practice guidelines for SLTs delivering mouth care and collection of useful resources

MND Association. Palliative and End of Life Care. MND Association [online], 2015

Marie Curie. How is Oral Health Affected at the End of Life? [online], 2018

Mouth Care Matters. Mouth Care Matters [online], 2019

Sue Ryder. Practitioners’ Guide: Human Rights and End of Life Care [online], (2019)

Generic end-of-life care guidance

NHS Support Around Death. NHS Support Around Death [online], 2019 Informed about Palliative and End of Life Care [online], 2019

RCN. RCN End of Life Care [online], 2015

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care [online], 2019

Clinical support – identification of dying and toolkit AMBER Care Bundle [online], 2019 Gold Standard Framework – PIG – Proactive Identification Guidance Registration Form, [online], 2016

Clinical support – clinical assessment NHS RightCare: Frailty Toolkit. British Geriatrics Society [online], 2019

cgakit. Rockwood Clinical Frailty Scale – CGA Toolkit Plus [online], 2018

McGuire D. Pain Assessment in Non-Communicative Palliative Care Patients [online]. Grantome, 2008 Palliative Care Outcome Scale (POS) – Home [online], 2019b

Rockwood K. A global clinical measure of fitness and frailty in elderly people. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2005; 173(5), 489–495.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. Future Feeding Planning Pathway. Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability [online], 2017

Clinical support – person-centred care

Connolly M, Perryman J, McKenna Y, Orford J, Thomson L, Shuttleworth J, Cocksedge S. SAGE & THYMETM: A model for training health and social care professionals in patient-focused support. Patient Education and Counseling 2010; 79(1), pp.87–93. ReSPECT Process. [online], 2019

Clinical support – care pathways

Taylor R. Rehabilitative Palliative Care: enabling people to live fully until they dieA challenge for the 21st century. End of Life Care Horizon Scanning [online], 2015

Together for Short Lives. Care Pathways for Seriously-Ill Babies, Children, Young People and Their Families. Together for Short Lives [online], 2019

Supported decision-making

Murphy J. Let’s Talk About Capacity… Talking Mats [online], 2016 Overview: Decision-Making and Mental Capacity. NICE Guidance [online], 2018b

Specific to learning disability Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol [online], 2017

Disability Distress Assessment Tool [online], 2008 Learning Disabilities and Palliative Care Project – Palliative Care Pathway [online], 2014 Resources: PCPLD Network – Palliative Care of People with Learning Disabilities Network [online], 2015

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