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Adult nursing
Qualitative synthesis of research on healthcare providers’ perceptions of the transition from in-patient to community palliative care
  1. Christine J. McPherson
  1. School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christine J. McPherson, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1H8M5, Canada; cmcphers{at}

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Commentary on: Killackey, T, Lovrics, E, Saunders, S. et al (2020). Palliative care transitions from acute care to community-based care: Qualitative systematic review of the experiences and perspectives of healthcare providers. Palliative Medicine; 34 (10):316–31.

Implications for practice and research

  • The findings reveal the challenges experienced by healthcare professionals managing patients’ transition from acute to community palliative care.

  • Further qualitative research is needed to increase understanding of transitional care in palliative care to better inform practices and policies across care sectors.


People with life-limiting conditions and their families face multiple transitions in care as they navigate the trajectory of illness; including the level, goals and place of care.1Transfers within and across care settings are not uncommon when care becomes complex or is difficult to manage.1 Of significant is the transition from inpatient to home, as a …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.