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Evidence based palliative care

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1573

General palliative care should be evaluated

  1. Gordon McLaren, senior registrar in public health medicine (,
  2. Clive Preston, consultant in palliative medicine,
  3. Bob Grant, Macmillan general practitioner facilitator
  1. Fife Health Board, Cupar, Fife KY15 5UP
  2. Fife Palliative Care Service, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 2LF
  3. Fife Cancer Services, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY2 5AH
  4. St Benedict's Hospice, Monkwearmouth Hospital, Sunderland SR5 1NB

    EDITOR—Higginson rightly calls for the development of standards for all services that provide palliative care and for the evaluation of aspects of palliative care that are so far unevaluated.1 Levels of need for palliative care are likely to continue rising, with the increasing incidence of cancer as the population ages and with improved survival from cancer. It is important that we plan to meet the increased need with cost effective measures. In addition to the areas for further attention that Higginson mentions, we would add the whole area of general palliative care, an issue only alluded to in the editorial.1

    Palliative care should be at the core of the work of every health professional. The term “general palliative …

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