'Checklist for dying' will improve end-of-life care

GPs may soon have a routine checklist of imminent death with the adaption of a new screening tool that helps predict whether an elderly patient will die within three months.

Dubbed CriSTAL (the Criteria for Screening and Triaging to Appropriate aLternative care), the tick-box tool will help doctors identity patients with whom to discuss end-of-life care and who may be steered into palliative care rather than futile and invasive end-of-life treatment, according to its creators at the University of