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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’.
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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