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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Julia Addington-Hall and Irene Higginson

Abstract

The specialty of palliative care has traditionally grown out of oncology and there has been little research into the needs of patients dying from causes other than cancer. Few non-cancer patients receive hospice in-patient, home care, or day care although a good proportion of hospices say that their services are available to non-cancer patients. As a result, the importance of palliative care for non-cancer patients is now being increasingly recognized internationally, and in the UK a committee reporting to the Department of Health recommended that palliative care should be accessible to all pa ... More

Keywords: palliative care, oncology, non-cancer patients, hospice, home care, day care, stroke, heart disease, dementia, service provision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780192629609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.001.0001

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Julia Addington-Hall, editor
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Irene Higginson, editor
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