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A study of patients with a primary malignant brain tumour and their carers: symptoms and access to services.

Authors
  • Arber, Anne
  • Faithfull, Sara
  • Plaskota, Marek
  • Lucas, Caroline
  • de Vries, Kay
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Publisher
Mark Allen Group
Publication Date
January 2010
Volume
16
Issue
1
Pages
24–30
Identifiers
PMID: 20090660
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The needs of carers were not found to be routinely documented within the case notes. For some patients, referral to specialist palliative care services occur late in the illness trajectory, which means that patients and carers may not be able to access the full range of supportive care services available. Initial assessment of patients should identify the range of support services that both carers and patients are offered; and the uptake and response to services should be documented throughout the illness trajectory.

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