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Developing primary palliative care

BMJ 2004; 330 doi: (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:42

Completion of community palliative care management form should be mandatory

  1. Julia Riley, consultant in palliative medicine (
  1. Royal Marsden Hospital, London SW3 6JJ

EDITOR—Murray et al propose that people with terminal conditions should be able to die at home with dignity.1 They fall short of initiating a practical, pragmatic, less idealistic, cost neutral solution.

Once a patient has been identified as requiring palliative care by their criterion “Would I be surprised if my patient were …

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