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Early involvement of the palliative care team in hospitals can benefit both patients and the public opinion of palliative care as a service. Rather than introducing the palliative care team only in hospices, early integration in the hospital setting helps patients get comfortable with palliative care as just another healthcare service provided by the NHS.
It serves to break the association that palliative care only comes into the picture when nothing else can be done for the patient.
The team would also be able to address the concerns and anxieties of the patient as they arise, following their diagnosis.
This would have an effect on positively improving their quality of life in the long term.