Developing primary palliative care

BMJ 2004; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7481.42-b (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:42

Community palliative care services are not sufficiently funded

  1. Pam Levack, consultant in palliative medicine (pamela.levack@tpct.scot.nhs.uk),
  2. Helen Dryden, Macmillan clinical nurse specialist,
  3. Fiona Paterson, clinical assistant
  1. Ninewells Hospital Palliative Care Team, Dundee DD9 1SY

EDITOR—Murray et al say that community palliative care should be available to more patients, including those with non-malignant disease.1 We report the reality of achieving community care for patients discharged from a cancer centre.

Data from 2000 consecutive patients referred to a hospital palliative care team were collected prospectively. Outcome was categorised as discharge home (patient's or carer's); …

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