PUBMED ID 19729681
Grant M. Elk R. Ferrell B. Morrison RS. von Gunten CF.
Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Population
Science, City of Hope, Duarte, CA 91010, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 59(5):327-35, 2009 Sep-Oct.
Palliative and end-of-life care is changing in the United States. This
dynamic field is improving care for patients with serious and
life-threatening cancer through creation of national guidelines for
quality care, multidisciplinary educational offerings, research endeavors,
and resources made available to clinicians. Barriers to implementing
quality palliative care across cancer populations include a rapidly
expanding population of older adults who will need cancer care and a
decrease in the workforce available to give care. Methods of integrating
current palliative care knowledge into care of patients include
multidisciplinary national education and research endeavors, and clinician
resources. Acceptance of palliative care as a recognized medical specialty
provides a valuable resource for improvement of care. Although compilation
of evidence for the importance of palliative care specialities is in its
initial stages, national research grants have provided support to build
the knowledge necessary for appropriate palliative care. Opportunities are
available to clinicians for understanding and applying appropriate
palliative and end-of-life care to patients with serious and
life-threatening cancers. (c) 2009 American Cancer Society, Inc.