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District nurses' referrals to home-based palliative nursing services

Patients with cancer are estimated to spend at least 75 per cent of their last year of life in the community (Seale and Cartwright, 1994). Studies have shown that this group of patients prefers to remain at home for as long as possible (Hinton, 1994; Townsend et al, 1990; Dunlop et al, 1989), with most preferring to die at home.

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