In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.

Hospital palliative care teams

Hospital palliative care teams

Hospital palliative care teams
Anne-Marie Raftery

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the role of the hospital palliative care teams
  • Describe how referral to palliative care teams in hospitals assists integration between palliative care specialists and nurses
  • Identify the importance of shared decision making when exploring the patient’s/family’s/ clinician’s goals and values
  • Discuss advance care planning (ACP) with patients and families and their role in increasing the knowledge and confidence of both generalist and specialist clinicians


This chapter highlights the key features of the patient’s journey in hospital, from diagnosis through to end of life. It begins by explaining the role of the specialist palliative care clinicians, often referred to as the hospital palliative care team (HPCT) or supportive care team.

The chapter will briefly trace the ...

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