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Palliative Care in the Community 

Palliative Care in the Community
Palliative Care in the Community

Nancy Robertson

, and Barbara Sutton

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date: 16 July 2020

Palliative care, as its own specialty, has grown exponentially within the hospital setting and is now flowing over into the communities where seriously ill people and their loved ones live. But how to deliver this approach is as uncertain as the socioeconomic and political influences currently at play. What is not unclear is the huge opportunity presented for nursing’s impact on this field. Palliative care is nursing at its core. Along with nursing’s long history of serving in the community, the nursing discipline stands to contribute greatly to the success of this specialty. This chapter reviews the current state of community-based palliative care. It looks at the efficacy of the community-based palliative care interventions, the various models being utilized to deliver these services, and the structure as it exists of the interdisciplinary teams providing this care, as well as the reimbursement challenges currently faced. Rules and regulations along with standards governing palliative care nursing practice will be reviewed, and the future of nursing in this arena is discussed.

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