Improving early recognition


Early recognition of End of Life care needs across a population can be shown to bring benefit to the individual by facilitating improved choices about care.


The Cohort Model suggests that:

  • Without the drive to early recognition only 480 out of the 2,000 adults who die each year will have these needs recognised before their last days - and just over half of these will be people with cancer (compared to less than a quarter of deaths having a sole cause of death as cancer).
  • That with a drive toward early recognition that this number could double, with the consequence that improved choice at end of life will be facilitated.

How to use the model:

Use the Cohort Model to explore:

  • How this early identification might impact on improving choice at the end of life;
  • How many people might be added to an end of life care register or similar each year in a typical 200,000 population.

To use the Cohort Model to explore the impact of improved early recognition, follow the step-by-step guide in the Cohort Model tutorial.

Go to the Whole Systems Partnership Cohort Model

Case Studies

Case studies illustrating possible applications for the tools:

Community Supportive Care Pathway in Solihull NHS Care Trust

End of Life Care Profiles
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