Specialist palliative care for patients with non-cancer diagnosis
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Specialist palliative care for patients with non-cancer diagnosis

Kath Fisher Macmillan clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, Tameside General Hospital, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire

All patients with palliative care needs should receive an equitable service, and there is evidence to suggest that patients with life-limiting illnesses other than cancer would benefit from specialist palliative care services. The author discusses how this might be achieved and the barriers that exist to prevent it happening.

Nursing Standard. 21, 4, 44-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.10.21.4.44.c6367