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‘How can patient and carers’ experiences shape services?’ The Royal Society of Medicine palliative care competition
  1. Sasha Murdoch
  1. University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD2 4BF, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sasha Murdoch, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD2 4BF, UK; swmurdoch{at}


Quality improvement can be difficult to assess and monitor in palliative care due to the nature of the specialty. This essay investigates ways in which this is currently carried out by assessing the benefits of patient-centred outcome measures. Potential technological improvements which could be implemented in the future are also discussed. This is an award-winning essay which subsequently complemented a separate project which analysed the use of the Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale in an inpatient palliative care unit.

  • end of life care
  • hospice care
  • quality of life
  • service evaluation
  • terminal care
  • symptoms and symptom management

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  • Contributors Due to the confines of the condition of the RSM competition, I was unable to seek any advice from colleagues, friends or family. With that said, a number of people both professionally and personally have supported my studies thus far.

  • Funding As part of a passionate project at university, I opted to enter this essay competition as a means to further enhance my studies in a field of medicine which I am looking to pursue as a career in the future. As a result, this was self-funded.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval No ethical approval was required for this non–researched-based essay. However, subsequent Caldicott approval was required and granted for the aforementioned project.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.