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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:234
  1. Ignasi Agell, specialist registrar in liaison psychiatry (
  1. Leeds General Infirmary

    The title of Lloyd-Williams' book makes for an interesting reflection. Palliative care was born with the hospice movement as a response to a medical service that seemed unable or unwilling to care adequately for dying people and their families, so the concept of psychosocial issues should be embedded in it. However, increasing subspecialisation and advances in medical technology mean that those original values are at risk of disappearing. It is therefore encouraging …

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