Integrated palliative care is about professional networking rather than standardisation of care: A qualitative study with healthcare professionals in 19 integrated palliative care initiatives in five European countries
13 February 2018
Marlieke den Herder-van der Eerden, Jeroen van Wijngaarden, Sheila Payne, Nancy Preston, Lisa Linge-Dahl, Lukas Radbruch, Karen Van Beek, Johan Menten, Csilla Busa, Agnes Csikos, Kris Vissers, Jelle van Gurp, Jeroen Hasselaar
Achieving better palliative care integration into regular healthcare and convincing the wider professional community is a difficult task that will take time and effort. Enhancing standardisation of palliative care into education, referral pathways and guidelines and standardised information exchange may be necessary. External authority (policy makers, insurance companies and professional bodies) may be needed to support integrated palliative care practices across settings.
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