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Hiding transfer to palliative care gives patients 'false hope'

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Transfer to an end of life care pathway is rarely discussed properly with hospital patients, according to scientists. .

Sheffield University researchers interviewed 58 clinicians involved in palliative care.

They said: “Participants identified that a structured transition to a palliative care approach… is seldom evident in acute hospital settings.

In particular they reported that prognosis is not routinely discussed with inpatients… Primary care professionals confirmed patients were often discharged from hospital with ‘false hope’ of cure because this information had not been conveyed.”

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