By Elizabeth Davies, Irene Higginson, Dame Cicely Saunders

ISBN-10: 9289010916

ISBN-13: 9789289010917

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9% of its cancer research budget on palliative care. 28 tice within the health services. There is a need for developmental funding of initiatives to educate professionals at different stages of their careers, to improve their skills in assessing needs and changing practice. Methods to coordinate palliative care between professionals working in different settings need to be tested in demonstration projects. KEY SOURCES Addington-Hall J. Research sensitivities to palliative care patients. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2002, 11:220–224.

A continuing challenge for researchers is how to study and determine needs in a sensitive way, and to synthesize patients’ and relatives’ views with other evidence to find effective solutions. Better use also needs to be made of existing data on palliative care, and in developing measures to routinely monitor emerging needs and the quality of care. Useful areas for comparison include variation in models and costs of care and spending on palliative care services, and intercountry research. An important question is how indicators may be meaningfully used to compare care.

National Cancer Research Institute Supportive & Palliative Care Strategic Planning Group. uk, accessed 28 July 2003). Foley KM, Gelband H, eds. Improving palliative care for cancer. Washington, DC, National Academies Press, 2001. Implications for policy-makers and research funders Despite the importance of palliative care for everybody, it does not attract a very high proportion of research funding. 5% of funding is used on research into palliative care. Set against the fact that more than half of those diagnosed with cancer will eventually die from their disease, this is a staggeringly small figure.

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