What is the evidence that palliative care teams improve outcomes for cancer patients and their families?

Source: The Cancer Journal

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Date of publication: September/October 2010

Publication type: Article.

In a nutshell: A systematic review of how specialist palliative care services have developed to meet the complex needs of advanced cancer sufferers.  The evidence demonstrated that home, hospital, and inpatient specialist palliative care significantly improved patient outcomes in relation to pain and symptom control, anxiety, and reduced hospital admissions. The results suggest that specialist palliative care should be part of care for cancer patients

Length of publication: 14 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement:  Palliative Care Journal Club

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