Evid Based Nurs 17:81 doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101505
  • Adult nursing
  • Systematic review and meta-analysis

Home palliative care services increase the chance of adults with advanced illness dying at home and reduce symptom burden without impact on caregiver grief

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  1. Margaret O'Connor2
  1. 1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia;
  2. 2Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Samar Aoun, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia; S.Aoun{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • This review found evidence of the benefits of providing home-based palliative care, supporting people to die at home, particularly those with advanced cancer.

  • It is possible for service planners to calculate the levels of service required and project future need; however, planning is complex and multifactorial.

  • Further meta-analytic studies are required on cost-effectiveness, caregiver grief, symptom burden and other aspects of care.


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