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Introduction

Julia M. Addington-Hall and Irene J. Higginson

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins an overview of developments in medicine in the twentieth century and a brief look at the evidence that people with chronic conditions have not always been served well by these. It goes on to describe the development of hospice care to meet the needs of another group ill served by modern medicine: terminally ill cancer patients. It summarizes developments in hospice and palliative care, focusing particularly on the UK, and describes the patients currently served by these services. It then introduces the debate about the appropriate provision of palliative care services for non-cancer patients, and outlines the contents of this book.

Keywords: medicine; hospice care; palliative care; non-cancer patients

Chapter.  5139 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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