What ‘best practice’ could be in Palliative Care: an analysis of statements of practice and ethics expressed by the main Health Organizations

Title: What ‘best practice’ could be in Palliative Care: an analysis of statements of practice and ethics by the main Health Organizations

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2010.9:1

Follow this link for the abstract

Date: January 2010

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: In the absence of a general model for palliative care, an analysis was undertaken of official documents relating to palliative care by the most representative health organisations in 4 countries (Australia, UK, US and Canada). The documents were analysed through a framework of the components of end-of-life care derived from literature, which composed of 4 main ‘areas’ and 12 ‘sub-areas’. The article concludes that a general, integrated model was lacking in the documents. It could be argued that the lack of a fixed and coherent model is due to the unavoidable context issues in palliative care such as specific-cultural settings, patient-centred variables and family specificity which means staff have to contiuously adapt their model of caring to the specific needs and values of each patient rather than apply a fixed, comprehensive care model.

Publication Length: 21 Pages

Acknowledgements: BioMed Central

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