Evaluation: what is it and why do it?
This chapter examines the nature and importance of evaluation of palliative care services. It explains that in times of economic retrenchment and fiscal constraint, evidence concerning the effectiveness and appropriateness of services is important for resource allocation decisions. The chapter also suggests that the link between research and practice is not always as explicit as might be imagined and that the prevailing interpretation of evidence-based practice may be inappropriate.
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