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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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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients
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Julia Addington-Hall (Contributor Webpage)

Irene Higginson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0024

This final chapter reflects on the future of palliative care provision for non-cancer patients, in the light of the varied, challenging, and influential views expressed in the book. The question of how best to extend palliative care to non-cancer patients highlights a number of critical issues which have implications for hospice and palliative care in general, as well as for non-cancer palliative care in particular. These include changes in the age structure of industrialised countries which will impact on both the demand for palliative care and the availability of informal carers to provide care, and the growing heterogeneity in palliative care provision which raises questions about the fundamental values of hospice and palliative care.

Keywords:   patient care, end of life care, ageing society, informal carers, hospice care

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