Extent of palliative care need in the acute hospital setting: a survey of two acute hospitals in the UK.

Palliative Medicine, 05/29/2012

The results reveal that according to the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) prognostic guide, over a third of hospital in–patients meet the criteria for palliative care need. Consensus between medical staff, nursing staff and the GSF was poor regarding the identification of patients with palliative care needs. This has significant implications for patient care, and draws into question the utility of the GSF in the hospital setting.

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