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Discussion

Julia Addington-Hall and Irene 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/9780192629609.003.0024
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This final chapter reflects on the future of palliative care provision for non-cancer patients, in the light of the varied, challenging, and influential views expressed in the book. The question of how best to extend palliative care to non-cancer patients highlights a number of critical issues which have implications for hospice and palliative care in general, as well as for non-cancer palliative care in particular. These include changes in the age structure of industrialised countries which will impact on both the demand for palliative care and the availability of informal carers to provide care, and the growing heterogeneity in palliative care provision which raises questions about the fundamental values of hospice and palliative care.

Keywords: patient care; end of life care; ageing society; informal carers; hospice care

Chapter.  4803 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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