Palliative care teams have made an important contribution to improving the care of patients with incurable illnesses in Australian hospitals over the past 20 years.Collocation of hospital-based palliative medicine specialists with other specialties allows communication and exchange of ideas on issues relevant to the medical care of such patients.Shared management of complex cases maximises comprehension of patient distress and optimises the support provided during hospitalisation.Tensions arising across the interface provide opportunities for both groups to improve the relief of suffering in the acute-care setting.Palliative medicine in the private sector has some advantages, but specialists also face specific challenges, including the cost of certain drugs, access to the multidisciplinary team and reimbursement issues.
|Journal||Medical Journal of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
Glare, P. A., Auret, K., Aggarwal, G., Clark, K. J., Pickstock, S. E., & Lickiss, J. N. (2003). The interface between palliative medicine and specialists in acute-care hospitals: boundaries, bridges and challenges. Medical Journal of Australia, 179(6), S29-S31.