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Evidence-Based Practice

The Evidence Behind Integrating Palliative Care Into Oncology Practice

Erin Dailey
CJON 2016, 20(4), 368-370 DOI: 10.1188/16.CJON.368-370

Palliative care services provided alongside traditional oncology care have been shown to be beneficial to patients and families. This article provides a brief history of palliative care, a pathway to implementing these services into currently established oncology programs, and a brief discussion of common barriers.

At a Glance

  • Palliative care increases quality of life and patient satisfaction and decreases caregiver burden and healthcare costs.
  • Palliative care program development requires education, review of population needs and available services, effective screening tools, and participation in quality improvement processes.
  • Integration of palliative care into oncology care is expected to increase with the transition to a patient-centered model with value-based reimbursement.

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