Palliative care service use by older people: Time trends from a mortality follow-back study between 2005 and 2014.

Last updated on 29-1-2019 by Sarah Moreels

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BACKGROUND: The need for increased use and timely initiation of palliative care for all people, not just those who die with cancer, has been advocated worldwide over the past decade. AIM: To investigate whether there has been a time trend in the use of palliative care services and the timing of their initiation for older people. DESIGN: Mortality follow-back survey among general practitioners in a nationally representative Sentinel Network in 2005-2010, 2013 and 2014 in Belgium. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Of all their patients who died non-suddenly aged 65+ years, general practitioners …

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