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Letters Palliative care

Palliative care is not same as end of life care

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2735
  1. Colette M Reid, consultant in palliative medicine1,
  2. Jane Gibbins, specialist registrar in palliative medicine1,
  3. Rachel McCoubrie, consultant in palliative medicine1,
  4. Karen Forbes, consultant and Macmillan professorial teaching fellow in palliative medicine1
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol BS2 8ED, UK
  1. colette.reid{at}

Gott and colleagues’ paper resonates with our research findings from focus groups with ward staff caring for dying patients.1 2

We wonder if terminology is a barrier that was not discussed. The provision of palliative care should depend on need not prognosis.3 However, focus group participants considered palliative care as …

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