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Palliative Care in the Oncology Unit 

Palliative Care in the Oncology Unit
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Palliative Care in the Oncology Unit
Author(s):

Anne M. Ireland

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0009
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date: 18 August 2019

This chapter addresses the many challenges that exist in delivering palliative measures in an environment that is often focused on advancing treatment and finding cures. Recent publications have demonstrated that the early integration of palliative care into oncology care improves quality of life, reduces healthcare utilization, and improves survival. Strategies to further this integration require specialty education for oncology practitioners that includes clinical competencies in symptom management, teamwork, and communication skills. Advanced practice registered nurses are positioned to improve the care of patients in this new paradigm. By, initiating conversations about diagnosis, illness understanding, prognosis, and end stage disease. , APRNs canthen support the transition to palliative care, when appropriate.

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