What is the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP)?

John Ellershaw and Deborah Murphy

in Care of the Dying

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550838
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730528 | DOI:
What is the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP)?

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This chapter discusses in detail the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP), which was briefly discussed in the introductory chapter. It looks at the LCP Continuous Quality Improvement Programme, which is one of the key programmes found within the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool (MCPCIL) portfolio. It discusses the format and outline of the LCP and introduces the concepts of variance reporting, which tells the ‘story’ of the patient's journey and current condition, and organizational governance. It then moves on to the innovation and change model, the recognition and diagnosis of dying, and the MDT assessment. The latter half of the chapter focuses on the different steps taken in order to complete the LCP.

Keywords: Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient; diagnosis; variance reporting; organizational governance; innovation and change; dying; MDT assessment

Chapter.  5748 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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