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Specialist palliative care and non-malignant diseases

Robert Dunlop

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/9780192629609.003.0016
Specialist palliative care and non-malignant diseases

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This chapter reviews the current role of specialist palliative care services in caring for patients with non-malignant diseases, and outlines challenges for the future. The needs of patients with progressive incurable non-malignant disease and the needs of their families are similar to the problems of patients with advanced cancer. However, thirty years after the founding of the modern hospice movement, only a small minority of patients access specialist palliative care services. There is a significant difference in the depth of coverage between the UK and the US. This reflects, in large part, the availability of government money for the care of terminally ill non-cancer patients. There are several challenges to be overcome if the inequalities of service provision are to be addressed: more funding, greater commitment, better education, and further research are some of the most important. Greater political awareness and lobbying will also be needed.

Keywords: patient care; specialist palliative care services; UK; US; government funding

Chapter.  4695 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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