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Definitions in palliative care

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:754
  1. I G Finlay, Consultant in palliative medicine,
  2. R V H Jones, Honorary senior lecturer
  1. Holme Tower Marie Curie Centre, Cardiff CF64 3YR
  2. Department of General Practice, Exeter University, Exeter EX2 5DW

    EDITOR,--The recent correspondence about palliative care services for cardiology fails to differentiate between the three distinct yet interacting aspects of palliative care.

    The palliative approach is relevant to all patients with incurable conditions. It emphasises the importance of considering psychosocial and spiritual aspects as well as the purely physical. It includes consideration of family and domestic carers. Most specialties and all general practitioners look after patients with life threatening disease; attention …

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