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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients$
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Julia Addington-Hall and Irene Higginson

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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Specialist palliative care and non-malignant diseases

Specialist palliative care and non-malignant diseases

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(p.189) Chapter 15 Specialist palliative care and non-malignant diseases
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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients
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Robert Dunlop

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0016

This chapter reviews the current role of specialist palliative care services in caring for patients with non-malignant diseases, and outlines challenges for the future. The needs of patients with progressive incurable non-malignant disease and the needs of their families are similar to the problems of patients with advanced cancer. However, thirty years after the founding of the modern hospice movement, only a small minority of patients access specialist palliative care services. There is a significant difference in the depth of coverage between the UK and the US. This reflects, in large part, the availability of government money for the care of terminally ill non-cancer patients. There are several challenges to be overcome if the inequalities of service provision are to be addressed: more funding, greater commitment, better education, and further research are some of the most important. Greater political awareness and lobbying will also be needed.

Keywords:   patient care, specialist palliative care services, UK, US, government funding

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