Early integration of palliative care in hospitals: A systematic review on methods, barriers, and outcome.

@article{Dalgaard2014EarlyIO,
  title={Early integration of palliative care in hospitals: A systematic review on methods, barriers, and outcome.},
  author={Karen Marie Dalgaard and Heidi Bergenholtz and Marianne Espenhain Nielsen and Helle Timm},
  journal={Palliative & supportive care},
  year={2014},
  volume={12 6},
  pages={495-513}
}
OBJECTIVE According to the World Health Organization (WHO), palliative care (PC) should be available to everyone suffering from life-threatening diseases and should be started early on in the illness trajectory. However, PC is often initiated much later and is restricted to cancer patients. There is a need for more knowledge about how early PC can be implemented in clinical practice. The purpose of our study was to document the best evidence on methods for early identification (EI) of… CONTINUE READING
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