Initiating palliative care in the emergency department
Most patients with advanced cancer will resort to the emergency department (ED) as their disease progresses, at which time the immediate crisis will be dealt with and a future course of treatment will most likely be set. Depending on the patient's condition, a number of services will intervene, including hospice. However, despite the fact that research has shown that early palliative care intervention improve patient outcomes, it is less frequent for palliative care to be introduced in the ED.
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