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Letters Palliative care beyond cancer

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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5817
  1. John Ellershaw, professor of palliative medicine1,
  2. Steve Dewar, director of research and innovation2,
  3. Deborah Murphy, associate director1
  1. 1Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK
  2. 2Marie Curie Cancer Care, London SE1 7TP
  1. J.E.Ellershaw{at}

The expectation of society is that the training of doctors and nurses incorporates the care of patients in the last hours and days of life and the support of their carers. In reality this is sadly lacking. Many curriculums for medical, nursing, and allied healthcare professionals do …

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