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An evaluation of palliative care services in the community.

One of the most common reasons for patient admission to an acute hospital or a similar environment shortly before death is carer breakdown (Wiles et al, 1999). This frequently occurs because the patient’s family is no longer able to cope alone in addressing their complex needs. By providing appropriate care and support at a suitable time, crisis admissions can often be avoided, enabling the patient to remain in their own home for the final days of their life.

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