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Hospital-based palliative care 

Hospital-based palliative care
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Hospital-based palliative care
Author(s):

Patricia Maani-Fogelman

and Marie A. Bakitas

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0003
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date: 12 November 2018

The structure, clinical processes, and measurement of outcomes of specialized palliative and hospice services, organized as hospital-based palliative care (HBPC) programs, have grown in sophistication in response to documented, poor end-of-life care; growth of the elderly and advanced, chronic illness populations; and documented successes of pilot and maturing clinical palliative care programs. Standards, guidelines, and other resources are now available to assist health systems to develop, sustain, or expand palliative care services for persons of all ages and stages of illness, along the entire care continuum. All hospitals and healthcare systems should develop palliative care services that are consistent with these standards and the mission, size, and scope of the health system.

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