Evaluation of hospital palliative care teams: strengths and weaknesses of the before-after study design and strategies to improve it.

@article{Simon2009EvaluationOH,
  title={Evaluation of hospital palliative care teams: strengths and weaknesses of the before-after study design and strategies to improve it.},
  author={Steffen Simon and Irene J Higginson},
  journal={Palliative medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={23-8}
}
Hospital palliative care teams (HPCTs) are well established as multi-professional services to provide palliative care in an acute hospital setting and are increasing in number. However, there is still limited evaluation of them, in terms of efficacy and effectiveness. The gold standard method of evaluation is a randomised control trial, but because of methodological (e.g., randomisation), ethical and practical difficulties such trials are often not possible. HPCT is a complex intervention, and… CONTINUE READING
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