Effect of specialist palliative care services on quality of life in adults with advanced incurable illness in hospital, hospice, or community settings: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2017;357:j2925

This systematic review aims to assess the effect of specialist palliative care on quality of life and additional outcomes relevant to patients in those with advanced illness.  The review concludes that specialist palliative care was associated with a small effect on QoL and might have most pronounced effects for patients with cancer who received such care early. It could be most effective if it is provided early and if it identifies though screening those patients with unmet needs.

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