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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care$
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Joachim Cohen and Luc Deliens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.001.0001

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Palliative care in hospitals

Palliative care in hospitals

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(p.135) Chapter 11 Palliative care in hospitals
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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care
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Amy S. Kelley

Daniel J. Fischberg

R. Sean Morrison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0060

This chapter discusses hospital-based palliative care programmes. There are rapid advances in medical therapies and, partly as a result, meeting the care needs of patients in palliative care is becoming increasingly complex and technical. Palliative care (or palliative medicine) is increasingly becoming a medical specialty and hospital-based palliative care programmes have, as a result, become more important. The organization of palliative care services in hospitals, with a particular focus on the USA, and its impact on patient outcomes and health care costs, is discussed, as are the challenges hospital palliative care programmes may face in the future.

Keywords:   end-of-life care, hospital-based palliative care programmes, palliative care services, health care costs, patient oucomes

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