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The role of the doctor in day care

Julie Hearn

in Palliative Day Care in Practice

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780192631831
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631831.003.0006
The role of the doctor in day care

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This chapter illustrates the practice of the Edenhall Marie Curie Centre, North London, England, where medical care has a significant role. It describes how the number of planned admissions to inpatient care increased through the monitoring activities of a palliative day therapy unit. It demonstrates how a day centre can enhance and extend its ability to support the needs of patients in the community and become an essential component of the ‘package of palliative care’. Palliative day care is often seen as a bridge between the hospice or specialist palliative care inpatient service and the community. The ‘therapeutic’ model of care places value on the role of the doctor in the day care setting whilst putting the medical role into context within the multidisciplinary team. This model provides a role for the doctor in the rehabilitation of palliative care patients.

Keywords: Edenhall Marie Curie Centre; inpatient care; palliative day therapy; planned admissions; hospice

Chapter.  5053 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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