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Palliative care needs to be provided on basis of need rather than diagnosis

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:123

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. Irene J Higginson, Professor of palliative care and policy.,
  2. Julia M Addington-Hall, Senior lecturer
  1. Department of Palliative Care and Policy, King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London SE5 9PJ

    EDITOR—Williams et al and Russon and Alison raise important debates about extending palliative care beyond the initial remit of cancer. 1 2 The example of anorexia nervosa in their debate is a rare example of a potential role for palliative care. But good evidence suggests that people with progressive circulatory and neurological disorders have problems that require a palliative approach.3

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