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Hospital-Based Palliative Care 

Hospital-Based Palliative Care
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Hospital-Based Palliative Care
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Patricia Maani-Fogelman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0003
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date: 18 October 2019

Hospital-based palliative care (HBPC) is often the primary contact between patients and the field of palliative care. As such, HBPC programs must be built to withstand the challenges and demands of the changing healthcare landscape and the shifting, often complex needs of the inpatient consultation. Time, energy, strong interpersonal communication skills, and dedication are key elements to building a successful HBPC program. Attention to detail and attentiveness to patient wishes round out the foundation of the continuum. HBPC is a forum for expansion of palliative care services into the medical clinics, outreach facilities, community-based practices, and home care venues. The role of nursing across this spectrum of care amid advancing chronic illness is a vital aspect of programmatic success. Ongoing education and research must be offered and resourced for HBPC and palliative care in general to remain steadfast and successful against the background of national healthcare reform.

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