Clear communication with the person and their family allows them to plan and make decisions in line with their preferences and situation. Communication requires skills in giving and receiving information, but for many people discussing end-of-life issues can be a challenge. Knowing how to start the conversation can help.
How to discuss prognosis and end-of-life issues
Examples of phrases that can be used in discussing prognosis (142kb pdf) developed for the End of Life Essentials Project.
CareSearch GP resource on communicating with patients, families and colleagues.
Patient and carer conversations
Page updated 06 November 2019