An introduction to palliative day care: past and present

Julie Hearn

in Palliative Day Care in Practice

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780192631831
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730221 | DOI:
An introduction to palliative day care: past and present

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This chapter holds that palliative day care is the fastest growing but least researched component of palliative care services. There is a wide diversity of provision between services with some being more medical and some more social in emphasis. Palliative day care is a complex service with emphasis on addressing patients' physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs within an environment that acknowledges individuality and the need for flexibility. The impact of palliative day care provision on the use of other palliative care, health, and social services has not been evaluated. Evaluation of palliative day care is not easy but is essential if services are to be targeted effectively and resourced adequately in future.

Keywords: palliative care; day care; health services; social services; spiritual needs

Chapter.  4407 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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