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Evaluation: what is it and why do it?

MARGARET Robbins

in Evaluating Palliative Care

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780192626219
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730016 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192626219.003.0001
Evaluation: what is it and why do it?

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This chapter examines the nature and importance of evaluation of palliative care services. It explains that in times of economic retrenchment and fiscal constraint, evidence concerning the effectiveness and appropriateness of services is important for resource allocation decisions. The chapter also suggests that the link between research and practice is not always as explicit as might be imagined and that the prevailing interpretation of evidence-based practice may be inappropriate.

Keywords: palliative care; evaluation; resource allocation; medical research; medical practice; evidence-based practice

Chapter.  10044 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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