End of life

Glossary of terms used about the end of life

Below we explain some words used in this information.

Advance care planning: Thinking about, and planning for, how you want to be cared for at the end of life.

Advance decision to refuse treatment (ADRT): A written document that states any treatments you want to refuse in the future. It is only used if you are unable to express your wishes later on.

Advance statement or preferred priorities of care (PPC): A written document that states what your wishes are for your future care and treatment. This can include where you would like to die and where you would like to be cared for.

Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR): This states your wish to not have doctors attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation if your heart stops.

‘Just in case’ medicines: These are medicines your health care professional prescribes to keep at home so that they can easily be given to you at short notice.

Lasting power of attorney (LPA): This gives another person the right to make certain decisions on your behalf.

Palliative care:  Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible. It is care designed to improve the quality of the person’s life and the lives of those who are close to them.

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Last medically reviewed: March 2018. Due for review: March 2021

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