GP training DVDs
Dying Matters has produced two DVDs aimed at boosting GPs' confidence in end of life conversations.
The DVDs were put together after evaluation of a pilot scheme run by Dying Matters revealed that increasing GPs' confidence in talking to patients about dying and death can transform their end of life care.
A total of 113 GPs took part in the GP communications pilot workshops in 2010-2011. Afterwards, they were asked whether their practise had changed. When the project commenced, just under half the GPs rated themselves as “not very confident” or “not confident” in end of life conversations. By the end of the four-month training, confidence levels had been transformed, with 94% of GPs rating themselves as either “confident” or “very confident”.
Evaluation of the training also discovered that half of all GP conversations with patients about end of life care during the project led to the GP having a conversation with a patient’s family member too. Furthermore, in 90% of cases, if a GP started the conversation, the patient continued it.
'How long have I got, Doc?' covers end of life care conversations with patients who do not have additional complications.
Watch the 'How long have I got, Doc?' trailer.
'Time to talk, Doc?' focuses on people with dementia at the end of life.
Watch the 'Time to talk, Doc?' trailer.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chair of the Dying Matters Coalition, said: “About half a million people die in England every year. To achieve a good death at home requires patients and doctors to talk openly about end of life care. But talking about death and dying is one of the last remaining taboos in society. As a practising GP, I know how hard it can be tell someone that they are dying. This project supports GPs in having these difficult conversations with their patients."
'How long have I got, Doc?' is available to order from the Dying Matters shop at £29.99 a copy or £49.99 for the DVD plus a comprehensive GP resource pack. Order ‘How long have I got, Doc?’
‘Time to talk, Doc?’ is available to order from the Dying Matters shop at £35.00 a copy or from £45.00 as part of a Dying Matters awareness raising pack. Order ‘Time to talk, Doc?’