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Palliative Care Nursing in the Outpatient Setting 

Palliative Care Nursing in the Outpatient Setting
Palliative Care Nursing in the Outpatient Setting

Pamela Stitzlein Davies

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date: 22 November 2019

The most recent area of expansion for palliative care has been the outpatient setting. Hospice in home care settings sets the foundations for the expansion into hospital settings and inpatient palliative care services. However, there is now a significant shift toward the outpatient clinic as the predominant site of care. Hospitals have responded by developing outpatient palliative care, and many programs now effectively provide symptom management and telephone support for patients as their diseases are managed on an outpatient basis. Although many questions remain as to how to best deliver outpatient palliative care, this area will continue to expand significantly given trends in health care delivery systems and the need for collaborative care.

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