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

Source: Biomed Central BMC Palliative Care, 2010, 9(1) doi:10.1186/1472-684X-9-1 

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Date of publication:  January 2010

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell: 

This report seeks to determine if an implicit model of best practice in palliative care currently exists.  The researchers conducted a qualitative analysis of the statements on practice and ethics of palliative care from publications produced by the main health organizations involved in service design and delivery to establish which dimensions of end-of-life care are taken into consideration in developing models of care.  A total of 34 organizations were identified, 7 international organisations, and 27 organisations operating on the national level in four different countries (Australia, Canada, UK and United States).  The report concludes that there is no consensus about what constitutes best practice for end of life care however, examples of best practice are discussed.

Length of publication: 9 page report


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