Journal article

Systematic review of general practice end-of-life symptom control

Geoffrey K Mitchell, Hugh E Senior, Claire E Johnson, Julia Fallon-Ferguson, Briony Williams, Leanne Monterosso, Joel J Rhee, Peta McVey, Matthew P Grant, Michele Aubin, Harriet TG Nwachukwu, Patsy M Yates

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: End of life care (EoLC) is a fundamental role of general practice, which will become more important as the population ages. It is essential that general practice's role and performance of at the end of life is understood in order to maximise the skills of the entire workforce. OBJECTIVE: To provide a comprehensive description of the role and performance of general practitioners (GPs) and general practice nurses (GPNs) in EoLC symptom control. METHOD: Systematic literature review of papers from 2000 to 2017 were sought from Medline, PsycINFO, Embase, Joanna Briggs Institute and Cochrane databases. RESULTS: From 6209 journal articles, 46 papers reported GP performance in symptom ma..

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