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Improving End of Life Care - professional development for physicians

A new report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommends that all hospital doctors, not just palliative care doctors and geriatricians, must be supported to improve the care they give to patients at the end of their lives.

Improving end-of-life care: professional development for physicians, published by the RCP, provides practical toolkits for physicians and recommendations for trusts to improve end of life care. The report recommends that all physicians promptly discuss options for end of life care, which gives patients and their carers time to make choices. Decisions are then more likely to be shared with health professionals.

Please visit the RCP website for a downloadable PDF of the report:
http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/resources/improving-end-life-care-professional-development-physicians

NMSQG Resolution Recovery Audit

The IPEM Nuclear Medicine Software Quality Group has now launched an audit project to look at the use of Resolution Recovery software for reducing administered activity in myocardial perfusion studies. This project will enable nuclear medicine departments to try out manufacturer’s resolution recovery software to see whether it can be used with their own department protocols to reduce administered activity for myocardial perfusion SPECT without compromising clinical results. Any department in then UK that is performing a reasonable number of myocardial perfusion studies can be eligible to participate. It is not necessary for them to have resolution recovery software already installed as manufacturers are cooperating with the NMSQG to allow trial access to the software if users have suitable equipment. Departments will use their own patient data to compare normal and half-count studies, but no repeat acquisitions will be needed as the NMSQG have a facility to generate simulated half-count data from existing studies. Full details can be found on the NMSQG web site (http://nmsqg.org)