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Palliative care in the acute hospital setting: A practical guide

Sara Booth, Polly Edmonds, and Margaret Kendall


Hospital palliative care teams have been established in rapidly increasing numbers over the last twenty, as it has been recognised that hospices can never transfer the philosophy and practice of palliative care into the acute sector by simply existing; they often work as ‘stand alone units’ and remain outside mainstream medicine. However it has become apparent that improving access to palliative care for patients in acute hospitals is not as easy as employing external palliative care specialists as consultants. Even setting up a team of professionals who work solely in a hospital will often no ... More

Keywords: hospital, palliative care, teams, hospices, acute settings, practical approach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199238927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Booth, author
Macmillan Consultant in Palliative Care, Addenbrooke's Palliative Care Team, Cambridge, UK

Polly Edmonds, author
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, King's College London, UK
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Margaret Kendall, author
Consultant Nurse in Palliative Care, Delamere Centre, North Cheshire Hospitals, UK