Notes to editors
76 per cent of GPs described their role in end-of-life care as ‘essential, it is an integral part of my job’ and 75 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that GPs should actively encourage patients to plan for their end-of-life care.
48 per cent of GPs said they would value access to ‘support for myself to help me to deal with patients who are at the end of their lives’; 29 per cent disagreed, 7 per cent disagreed strongly, 14 per cent didn’t know and 1 per cent preferred not to answer.
Of the two-thirds of GPs (68 per cent) who haven’t discussed the type of care they would like when they die with either their own doctor, family or friends the two main reasons given were ‘death feels like a long way off’ (43 per cent) and ‘they have just never thought about it’ (42 per cent).
The survey of 501 GPs was conducted by ComRes on behalf of The King’s Fund; fieldwork was conducted online between 4 and 9 November 2009. Full tables are available on the ComRes website
A survey of public attitudes to death by the Dying Matters Coalition published on 13 November 2009 found that only 29 per cent of people had discussed their wishes around dying and just 4 per cent had written advance care plans. For more about The King’s Fund work on end-of-life care please visit The King's Fund's Choice at the End of Life project
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