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Service activity and cost data

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/9780192626219.003.0005
Service activity and cost data

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This chapter examines the impact of palliative care services at the wider-population level. It analyses population-based indicators, such as place of death and patterns of service utilization, and suggests that such indicators are sensitive to the impact of palliative care services. The chapter also contends that it is important to look at total costs when undertaking an overall cost assessment because even charitable funding has an opportunity cost.

Keywords: palliative care; population-based indicators; place of death; service utilization; cost assessment

Chapter.  7642 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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