Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines update

Scottish palliative care guidelines.pngThe Scottish Palliative Care Guideline collection provides practical, evidence-based or best-practice guidance on a range of common clinical issues associated with the management of adults with life limiting illness.  

First published in 2014, the guidelines were developed by multidisciplinary groups of professionals working in the community, hospital and specialist palliative care services across Scotland and are of benefit to both generalist and specialist providers of palliative care. 

A selective update to the guidelines is now complete and revised content was published in March 2019.

The update includes one new guideline on the management of end stage liver disease; a refresh of guidance on the use of the CME T34 Syringe Pumps and a number of new medicine information sheets:

The following symptom management guidelines have been reviewed and refreshed where new evidence or changes in practice indicated this was necessary.

The update has been delivered through the engagement of palliative care professionals across Scotland and overseen by a multidisciplinary steering group supported by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The online guidelines were updated on 29 March 2019 and a revised handbook will follow in June 2019.  Feedback and queries are welcome and will be used to maintain the collection and inform the handbook update. Contact the team on

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