Hospices fall well below guidance on psychiatric support for end of life care
Hospice and End of Life Care
Patients in hospices in the UK and the Republic of Ireland may not be receiving appropriate psychiatric services as recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, has found 45 per cent of hospices do not have access to psychiatric or psychological care; however, 86 per cent did have access to complementary therapists.
Dr Max Henderson, a psychiatrist and one of the study