Palliative care provision by rural general practitioners in New Zealand

Show simple item record Smyth, D en Farnell, A en Dutu, G en Lillis, Steven en Lawrenson, Ross en
dc.coverage.spatial United States en 2012-03-29T19:14:59Z en 2010-03-01 en
dc.identifier.issn 1096-6218 en
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dc.description.abstract Objectives: The aim of this study was to ascertain the workload for rural general practitioners providing palliative care and to identify barriers to care for patients living in rural areas of New Zealand. Design and methods: This was a cross-sectional survey of rural general practitioners using a postal questionnaire. Results: One hundred eighty-six questionnaires were returned. Of respondents, 98% provided palliative care. The estimated mean number of patients cared for in the previous 12 months was 7.3. Specialist medical advice from a hospice or palliative care consultant was accessed by 77% of respondents. District and community nursing was available to over 90% of respondents but this was not universally available 24 hours a day in all areas. Forty-seven percent of rural palliative care patients died at home. Conclusions: Commitment of general practitioners to palliative care appeared high although the workload was a relatively small part of their activity. There seems to be a need for wider availability of specialist advice, 24-hour nursing cover, and some support services. A commitment to supporting domiciliary services is needed if large increases in institutional care are to be avoided in the future. © 2010, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. en
dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Palliative Medicine en
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dc.subject Adult en
dc.subject Cross-Sectional Studies en
dc.subject Female en
dc.subject Humans en
dc.subject Male en
dc.subject Middle Aged en
dc.subject New Zealand en
dc.subject Palliative Care en
dc.subject Physicians, Family en
dc.subject Rural Health Services en
dc.subject Workload en
dc.title Palliative care provision by rural general practitioners in New Zealand en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1089/jpm.2009.0097 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 247 en
pubs.volume 13 en
dc.identifier.pmid 19824819 en
pubs.end-page 250 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 185398 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1557-7740 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2013-06-05 en
pubs.dimensions-id 19824819 en

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