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Hospital-based Palliative Care TeamsThe Hospital/Hospice Interface$
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R. J. Dunlop and J. M. Hockley

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192629807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629807.001.0001

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Setting out to meet the need

Setting out to meet the need

(p.20) 2 Setting out to meet the need
Hospital-based Palliative Care Teams



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This chapter focuses on the different ways specialist palliative care teams have been set up. It also addresses the important issue of evaluation of services. The chapter considers the two principal developments of the hospice movement that have sought to meet these needs: the palliative care unit and the hospital-based palliative care team. The discussion first presents the concept of palliative care units and gives a brief overview based on features of several units. It then details aspects of palliative care teams in the UK and abroad. Effective evaluation of these teams is an important and current issue. The chapter ends with a discussion of current difficulties in the evaluation of these teams in the acute setting.

Keywords:   specialist palliative care, care teams, hospice movement, UK, hospice units

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