Characteristics of a palliative care consultation service with a focus on pain in a German university hospital

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2014,13:45

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The aim of the study is to investigate the profile and spectrum of a palliative care consultation service (PCCS) at a German university hospital with special reference to pain therapy.  The article concludes that for a consultation service to support patients with incurable or advanced disease, a multi-disciplinary approach is necessary to meet the complex requirements of a needs-adapted palliative care in inpatient or outpatient settings. Timely integration of palliative expertise may support symptom control and may give the required advice to patients, their carers, and their families.

Length of publication: 7 pages

 

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