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In search of a good death: Primary healthcare teams work in new framework for better care of the dying at home

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:223
  1. Keri Thomas, national clinical lead palliative care, Cancer Services Collaborative (
  1. Shrewsbury SY1 1TH

    EDITOR—Improving the care of the dying in the community is a crucial if neglected area of care, with a significant and far reaching impact. As the Audit Commission's report confirms,1 too many people are staying too long in hospitals and better community palliative care could prevent inappropriate admissions, reducing hospital pressures and enabling more people to die at home. Ellershaw and Ward point …

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