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Clinical Interventions, Economic Impact, and Palliative Care 

Clinical Interventions, Economic Impact, and Palliative Care
Clinical Interventions, Economic Impact, and Palliative Care

Patrick J. Coyne

, Thomas J. Smith

, and Laurie J. Lyckholm

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date: 17 October 2019

One of the benefits of palliative care often cited is the potential for cost savings, especially when such care is delivered in costly settings, such as inpatient hospital and intensive care units. Initial studies have demonstrated the costs of palliative care as well as associated benefits, but as described in this chapter, economic factors in palliative care and complex ethical issues must also be considered. This chapter provides a review of economic questions related to palliative care and suggestions for further exploration of those factors. As all health care settings face unprecedented financial demands, palliative care programs will be expected to help reduce costs of care and to provide outcome data for their performance, including cost savings and cost benefit.

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