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The first year's work of Bloomsbury terminal care support team has been analysed from routinely recorded information. The patients accepted by the team were of younger average age than all people dying from cancer within the catchment population. The median survival of patients after first contact with the team was 49 days, but survival of patients referred by general practitioners and hospital general physicians was substantially shorter than of those referred by hospital oncologists and radiotherapists. The growing number of district terminal care services suggests the need for continued research to develop guidelines for referral of patients and methods of evaluating the team's work.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/jech.38.4.310

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of epidemiology and community health

Publication Date

12/1984

Volume

38

Pages

310 - 314

Keywords

Humans, Neoplasms, Terminal Care, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Child, Child, Preschool, Infant, Referral and Consultation, Patient Care Team, London, Female, Male