Recognizing dying in terminal illness

Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2011 Aug;72(8):446-50. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2011.72.8.446.


Recognizing dying in terminally ill patients is a complex clinical skill. This article outlines the approach to the decision, common difficulties encountered in patients with both malignant and non-malignant disease, and a simple approach to considering the question 'Is this patient dying?'

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Death
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Communication
  • Death*
  • Decision Making
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care
  • Terminal Care / methods*
  • Terminally Ill*