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Italy sets up national palliative care service

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1481 (Published 15 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1481
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. 1Milan

    Managing pain will be easier for Italian doctors after a long awaited law on palliative care was unanimously approved by the Italian parliament last week.

    The new law, hailed by doctors and patients’ associations as an important milestone, creates two national networks—one for treatment of pain and one for palliative care—with the aim of ensuring that patients all over the country, including children, get the same levels of care.

    Surveys show that Italy lags behind many other countries in palliative care. Consumption of opiates per person is still among the lowest in Europe, …

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