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Palliative care in hospitals

Amy S. Kelley, Daniel J. Fischberg and R. Sean Morrison

in A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0060
Palliative care in hospitals

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This chapter discusses hospital-based palliative care programmes. There are rapid advances in medical therapies and, partly as a result, meeting the care needs of patients in palliative care is becoming increasingly complex and technical. Palliative care (or palliative medicine) is increasingly becoming a medical specialty and hospital-based palliative care programmes have, as a result, become more important. The organization of palliative care services in hospitals, with a particular focus on the USA, and its impact on patient outcomes and health care costs, is discussed, as are the challenges hospital palliative care programmes may face in the future.

Keywords: end-of-life care; hospital-based palliative care programmes; palliative care services; health care costs; patient oucomes

Chapter.  5032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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