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Introduction to Palliative Care 

Introduction to Palliative Care
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Introduction to Palliative Care
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Betty Rolling Ferrell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0001
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date: 17 August 2019

This chapter serves as an introduction to the 5th edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care, designed to be an evidence-based resource for nurses to assist with the real challenges they face at the patient’s bedside. At a time when our population is aging, the healthcare payment system is uncertain, healthcare costs are escalating, and more people are faced with chronic illnesses, there is a pressing need to extend palliative care into an increasing range of settings. It is the intent of the authors and the editors to provide concise and practical information to assist nurses as they address the palliative care needs of the seriously ill and the dying and their families.

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