Difficult Conversations for Young Adults: Making it easier to talk about end of life issues with young adults with life-limiting conditions

Difficult Conversations for Young Adults: Making it easier to talk about End of Life issues with young adults with life-limiting conditions

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This guide was developed in response to a gap in health professionals’ skills in having difficult conversations with the growing number of young adults with life-limiting conditions who come in to their care.

This gap was one of the findings of the STEPP research project (a project which looked at examples of positive practice in transition to adult health settings for young adults with life-limiting conditions). It aims to support professionals to improve quality of life and provide peace of mind for young people and their families, by sharing insights from young people themselves and their families about discussing the end of life.

The guide describes feelings they experience when having conversations on this sensitive subject and gives ideas about how to approach it. It also aims to be a useful prompt that young people can use to broach the subject of end of life planning with family, friends and professionals.