Are UK primary care teams formally identifying patients for palliative care before they die?

Source: British Journal of General Practice, 2012 v. 62 (598), pp. e344-e352(9)

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article aims to determine the extent to which practices identify patients for palliative care, including factors influencing early identification and possible effects on place of death. The article concludes that most patients with advanced progressive illnesses, especially those with non-malignant disease, are not being formally identified for a palliative care approach before they die. Those identified are more likely to benefit from coordinated care and may be more likely to die at home.

Length of publication: 9 pages

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

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