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Patients are missing out on ‘essential’ palliative care

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Research published yesterday from Marie Curie Cancer Care, the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian has shown that only 20% of non-cancer patients receive palliative care before dying.

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The research included the cases of 684 patients in Scotland and it was found that 20% of patients diagnosed with organ failure or dementia, either requested or were identified for palliative care before dying, compared to 75% of cancer patients.

The researchers also noted that the gap between diagnosis with a fatal illness and receiving palliative care was considerable, and that many patients receive the care too late to fully benefit from it.

European Journal of Palliative Care, online 9 September

 

 

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