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Healthcare practitioners should provide more advice about palliative care, study finds

Researchers in Belgium carried out a cross-sectional study regarding the amount of information and advice given to cancer patients using palliative care.

Researchers in Belgium carried out a cross-sectional study regarding the amount of information and advice given to cancer patients using palliative care

Most people with cancer receive the information they require about the disease and the side effects of treatments, however far fewer receive information about palliative care, even when most people want such dialogue to occur, according to research.

The findings suggest healthcare practitioners should be more assiduous in their duty to provide details and opportunities for discussion about end of life care, even at the start of their care journey rather than only when the patient may be terminally ill.

Researchers from Ghent, Belgium, conducted a cross-sectional survey of adult patients living with cancer who were consulting the University Hospital in Ghent between 1 March and 30 June 2014. Participants completed several questionnaires recording sociodemographic information, the symptoms that

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