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Palliative and Hospice Care in Rural Areas: Access and Delivery 

Palliative and Hospice Care in Rural Areas: Access and Delivery
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Palliative and Hospice Care in Rural Areas: Access and Delivery
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Bernita D. Armstrong

and Andrea L. Tackett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0022
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date: 22 October 2019

Rural communities are unique and thus pose special challenges. Some of the obstacles to rural palliative care include an absence of family caregivers (if younger family members have moved to larger communities), financial hardships for patients and healthcare facilities, lack of qualified or specially trained palliative care professionals, inadequate funding for palliative-trained specialists (especially nurses), increased travel expenses for the patient and family, and lack of grief and bereavement specialists and resources. This chapter reviews the opportunities and challenges of providing palliative care in the rural setting.

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