3/8/2013

All health care practitioners need basic palliative skills for use in routine practice, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine President Dr. Timothy Quill and Dr. Amy Abernethy write in the New England Journal of Medicine. Demand for palliative care is increasing and there will not be enough palliative specialists, so they propose a model that distinguishes primary palliative care from specialist palliative care for complex cases. "There needs to be additional training to bring the basic level up to standard," Quill said.

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