Perceptions of palliative care among patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers

CMAJ April 18, 2016 First published April 18, 2016, doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151171
Authors: Camilla Zimmermann, Nadia Swami, Monika Krzyzanowska, Natasha Leighl, Anne Rydall, Gary Rodin, Ian Tannock, Breffni Hannon
“Background: Early palliative care is increasingly recommended but seldom practised. We sought to examine perceptions of palliative care among patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers. …Interpretation: There is a strong stigma attached to palliative care, which may persist even after positive experiences with an early palliative care intervention. Education of the public, patients and health care providers is paramount if early integration of palliative care is to be successful.”
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