Integrated care: hospice and palliative care services lead the way

Howell, Doris
April 2004
International Journal of Palliative Nursing;Apr2004, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p160
Academic Journal
Integration of health-care services has become a worldwide issue as countries seek solutions to care fragmentation, escalating cost and discontinuities in care experienced by individuals and their families. Integration is particularly relevant to the terminally ill person and family whose health-care needs require input from varied health-care disciplines and different care sectors along the continuum of illness. Little attention has been paid in the extensive integration literature to system integration across health-care sectors and between formal and informal hospice and palliative care services. In Canada, as in many countries, palliative care is a publicly funded service, whereas hospice services have evolved mainly in the voluntary sector.


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