Palliative and supportive care

Mitchell, Geoffrey and Currow, David C. (2010). Palliative and supportive care. In Monica Robotin, Ian Olver and Afaf Girgis (Ed.), When cancer crosses disciplines: A physician's handbook (pp. 1099-1119) London, U.K.: Imperial College Press. doi:10.1142/9781848163652_0046

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Author Mitchell, Geoffrey
Currow, David C.
Title of chapter Palliative and supportive care
Title of book When cancer crosses disciplines: A physician's handbook
Place of Publication London, U.K.
Publisher Imperial College Press
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1142/9781848163652_0046
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781848163645
Editor Monica Robotin
Ian Olver
Afaf Girgis
Chapter number 46
Start page 1099
End page 1119
Total pages 21
Total chapters 48
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Supportive and palliative care services are integral to the provision of comprehensive cancer care (and no cancer service should call itself 'comprehensive' without a comprehensive supportive and palliative care team). All people diagnosed with cancer should have access to supportive care and the one in two people who will have their lives shortened as a result of cancer need to be able to access palliative care. The skill base, competencies and clinical evidence base for these disciplines is shared. Properly resourced and integrated supportive and palliative care services have been shown to deliver improved health outcomes without compromising life expectancy to:
. people with cancer
. their caregivers (while in the role and subsequently), and
. health services that are prepared to adequately invest in these services, with more efficient use of resources.

In order to achieve these improved health outcomes, early identification of people who have more complex needs becomes a responsibility of each member of the clinical cancer care team. Systematic assessment of current and likely future needs is imperative to improve the patient-defined outcomes that are necessary to live well with cancer or to ensure that life goals are met if premature death will occur because of cancer.
Keyword Palliative care
supportive care
terminal care
service planning
needs assessment
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