Palliative care is an approach that improves quality of life of patients and families facing a life-threatening illness. In hospitals, specialist palliative care is often provided by palliative care teams (PCTs). In the Netherlands, the number of PCTs has increased rapidly over the past years. The aim of this thesis was to investigate characteristics of palliative care team consultations for hospitalized patients with incurable cancer and their effect on quality of life, quality of dying and (costs of) care.
Furthermore, additional research studies on consultation in palliative and end-of-life-care are described including a study on the developments in end-of-life decision making practices, a study on a specific type consultation, namely consultation of SCEN physicians in case of euthanasia requests and a systematic review on the effects of advance care planning.
The thesis concludes with recommendations for clinical practice, policy and future research.

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Keywords Palliative care, palliative medicine, cancer, consultation and referral, hospitals, quality of life, costs, medical decision making, advance care planning
Promotor A. van der Heide (Agnes) , S. Polinder (Suzanne)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
ISBN 978-94-6375-117-9
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/112169
Note For copyright reasons there is a partial embargo for this dissertation
Citation
Brinkman-Stoppelenburg, A. (2018, November 20). Hospital Palliative Care Team Consultations For Patients With Advanced Cancer: Too few, too late?. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/112169