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Palliative care in the acute hospital settingA practical guide$
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Sara Booth, Polly Edmonds, and Margaret Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238927.001.0001

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Multi-disciplinary working in practice

Multi-disciplinary working in practice

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(p.67) Chapter 5 Multi-disciplinary working in practice
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Palliative care in the acute hospital setting
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Sara Booth

Polly Edmonds (Contributor Webpage)

Margaret Kendall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238927.003.0005

This chapter examines the ideal set-up of a palliative care team in an acute hospital. The 2004 British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Supportive and Palliative Care Guidance research evidence strongly supports specialist palliative care teams working in home, hospitals, and in-patient units or hospices as a means to improve outcomes for cancer patients, such as in pain, symptom control, and satisfaction, and in improving care more widely. The result of a study which conducted a systematic review of the effectiveness of palliative care teams suggests that multi-professional teams were more able to identify and deal with patient/family needs, and provide access to other services.

Keywords:   palliative care team, acute hospital, NICE, Great Britain, medical policy, multi-professional teams

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