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Palliative care in Europe 

Palliative care in Europe
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Palliative care in Europe
Author(s):

Marianne Jensen Hjermstad

and Stein Kaasa

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0075
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date: 12 November 2018

The purpose of this chapter is to present some of the European experiences with respect to the development, organization, and delivery of palliative care, educational issues, and research. Typical components of palliative care in parts of Europe today include proactive, multidimensional, and quantitative symptom-assessment; communication interventions emphasizing both preparation for the dying process and maintaining hope; and tumor-directed and symptomatic treatment. Quite often specialist palliative care is delivered by specialized palliative care interdisciplinary teams in designated units and is therefore not available to all who may need this level of professional care.

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