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Non-cancer palliative care in the community needs greater interprofessional collaboration to maintain coordinated care and manage uncertainty
  1. Maja de Brito,
  2. Barbara Gomes
  1. King's College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Barbara Gomes, King's College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, Bessemer Road, London SE5 9PJ, UK; barbara.gomes{at}kcl.ac.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • Primary care (PC) professionals should clearly define their roles and increase capacity to deal with the uncertainty of non-cancer illness trajectories through interdisciplinary work.

  • PC nurses are expected to have good technical skills but also to coordinate patient care and provide education and holistic care.

  • The roles of PC nurses and their relation to specialist nurses must be well defined to avoid perceptions of being ‘sidelined’ or ‘taken over’.

Context

Studies show that PC professionals are providing palliative care to patients and consider this an important or even central part of their role.1 ,2 However, patients with non-cancer conditions …

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