1st December 2010 Best Practice Statement: End of life care following acute stroke

Published: 1 December 2014

A national Best Practice Statement and accompanying Quick Reference Guide has been published today on ‘End of life care following acute stroke’. This statement is designed to support stroke nurses in delivering quality end of life care to stroke patients. The statement will also be of interest to all members of stroke teams.

The statement covers key issues in end of life stroke care including ethics and decision making, symptom management, nutrition and hydration, the role of the multidisciplinary team, spiritual care and family/carer support. 

The project was funded by the National Advisory Committee for Stroke, supported by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and led by Nursing & Health Care, University of Glasgow. The project has worked closely with The Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum who represented and involved in every stage of the process and with a Scotland-wide group of nurses, doctors, AHPs, patient representatives and charities to produce this Best Practice statement, taking on board the Scottish Government’s health priorities.


If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact Professor Lorraine N Smith at lorraine.smith@glasgow.ac.uk

First published: 1 December 2014