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Letters Primary palliative care

Palliative care: training the primary care workforce is more important than rebranding

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 13 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4119
  1. Scott A Murray, emeritus professor of primary palliative care1,
  2. Sarah Mitchell, general practitioner and NIHR doctoral research fellow2,
  3. Kirsty Boyd, Macmillan honorary reader in palliative care1,
  4. Sebastien Moine, general practitioner and visiting fellow1
  1. 1Primary Palliative Care Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK
  2. 2Unit of Academic Primary Care, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  1. scott.murray{at}

Our two recent editorials on whether palliative care should be rebranded and the urgent need to pay attention to primary palliative care stimulated debate and two polls on In the first poll, only 50% of readers thought that palliative care should be “rebranded” but in the second, a month later, 89% called for primary care staff to have …

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