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Palliative care in stroke : a critical review of the literature.

Stevens, T. and Payne, Sheila and Burton, C. and Addington-Hall, Julia and Jones, A. (2007) Palliative care in stroke : a critical review of the literature. Palliative Medicine, 21 (4). pp. 323-331.

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Abstract

The aim of this literature review was to identify the palliative care needs of stroke patients. Stroke results in high levels of mortality and morbidity, yet very little is known about the nature and extent of palliative care services that are available to this patient group, and the ways in which such services could be delivered. A critical review of the international literature found only seven papers that attempted to identify the palliative care needs of patients diagnosed with stroke. The results of the review showed that the preferences of stroke patients and their families in relation to palliative care services are largely unknown. The review also indicated the paucity of data in regard to the distinction between provision of palliative care services for patients who die in the acute phase of stroke and for those patients who die later. Establishing reliable assessments of need are central to designing and implementing effective interventions and further research is required in this area. Further data on how the input of palliative care experts and expertise could be of benefit to patients, and the most effective ways these inputs could be targeted and delivered is required.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Palliative Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: palliative care • research • stroke
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32640
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2010 10:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32640

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