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Letters Palliative care rebranding

Enhanced supportive care is broader than palliative care

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1629 (Published 10 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1629
  1. Richard Berman, clinical lead for enhanced supportive care1,
  2. Andrew Davies, president of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland2
  1. 1The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester M20 4BX, UK
  2. 2Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford GU2 7XX, UK
  1. richard.berman{at}christie.nhs.uk

Boyd and colleagues imply that “enhanced supportive care” is a euphemism for palliative care.1 It is an NHS England initiative that promotes implementation of supportive care in oncology centres.2 Enhanced supportive care was developed in response to the changing demographics in oncology, with more people living longer with …

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