What Do Hospices Do? a Survey of Hospices in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
Johnson, Ian S.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1990 Mar 24; 300(6727): 791-793.
Objective -- To obtain baseline information about hospice clinical activity. Design -- Survey of hospices by postal questionnaire and telephone interview. Setting -- 98 hospices in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland...In units with a full time consultant or medical director throughput was greater and more patients had palliative surgery and became organ donors than in units without...With the exception of pulmonary function tests and insertion of nasogastric tubes and indwelling epidural catheters, tests and procedures were used by over 90% of hospices, although sometimes the patient had to be transferred elsewhere. Conclusions -- Respondents from units with a full time consultant or medical director were more likely to choose a "technical" description of their unit, such as "a pain relief centre" than those without, who favoured non-technical descriptions. These differences are likely to increase....
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