Study: Clinician education may help cancer patients get palliative care

03/15/2012 | HemOnc Today

Targeted education is needed to ensure oncology clinicians do not miss opportunities to bring patients into palliative care programs, especially when hematologic cancers are involved, MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers reported at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine & Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association annual meeting. The study found that 38% of patients who died at the cancer center from September 2009 to March 2010 received palliative care consultations and that hematologic patients had the shortest median time from palliative care referral to death.

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