The need for palliative care for patients with non-cancer diseases: a review of the evidence

Title

The need for palliative care for patients with non-cancer diseases: a review of the evidence

Creator

Luddington L; Cox S; Higginson I; Livesley B

Publisher

International Journal Of Palliative Nursing

Date

2001

Subject

Humans; Health Services Needs and Demand; Research Design; Patient Education as Topic; Palliative Care/psychology; Psychological; Stress; Terminal Care/psychology

Description

The palliative care needs of patients with cancer are understood and managed well by specialist palliative care services. Patients dying of non-cancer diseases are rarely offered these services. A literature review was conducted to determine the physical and psychosocial problems of patients dying from non-cancer diseases. Studies were identified using a systematic keyword search of six electronic databases. Fourteen studies were identified and assessed according to rigour of design. Findings suggest that some patients dying of non-cancer have needs comparable with those dying of cancer. Low response rates, subject bias, and measurement bias mean that findings should be viewed with caution. More prospective, rigorously designed research is necessary to identify which patients with non-cancer diagnoses may benefit from specialist palliative care.
2001

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

221-226

Issue

5

Volume

7

Citation

Luddington L; Cox S; Higginson I; Livesley B, “The need for palliative care for patients with non-cancer diseases: a review of the evidence,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 5, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11791.

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