Palliative care in hospitals

Amy S. Kelley, Daniel J. Fischberg, R. Sean Morrison

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This chapter discusses hospital-based palliative care programmes. There are rapid advances in medical therapies and, partly as a result, meeting the care needs of patients in palliative care is becoming increasingly complex and technical. Palliative care (or palliative medicine) is increasingly becoming a medical specialty and hospital-based palliative care programmes have, as a result, become more important. The organization of palliative care services in hospitals, with a particular focus on the USA, and its impact on patient outcomes and health care costs, is discussed, as are the challenges hospital palliative care programmes may face in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191739170
ISBN (Print)9780199599400
StatePublished - 24 May 2012


  • End-of-life care
  • Health care costs
  • Hospital-based palliative care programmes
  • Palliative care services
  • Patient oucomes


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