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Evaluating Palliative Care
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Evaluating Palliative Care: Establishing the Evidence Base

Margaret Robbins

Abstract

The past 30 years has seen a huge expansion in the provision of palliative care services. Because palliative medicine is a multidisciplinary specialty – combining the expertise of oncologists, anaesthetists, nurses, and many other therapeutic groups – the effectiveness of such treatment can be very difficult to measure. Additionally, research involving terminally ill patients and their carers can also present a number of practical and ethical problems. In spite of this, current health policy demands evidence of the effectiveness and value for money of health service interventions at all levels ... More

Keywords: palliative care, palliative medicine, multidisciplinary specialty, oncologists, anaesthetists, nurses, therapeutic groups, treatment, patients, carers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780192626219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192626219.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Robbins, author
University of Bristol

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