Journal article

A systematic review of classifications systems to determine complexity of patient care needs in palliative care

Matthew Grant, Everlien de Graaf, Saskia Teunissen

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Providing the right care for each individual patient is a key element of quality palliative care. Complexity is a relatively new concept, defined as the nature of patients' situations and the extent of resulting needs. Classifying patients according to the complexity of their care needs can guide integration of services, anticipatory discussions, health service planning, resource management and determination of needs for specialist or general palliative care. However, there is no consistent approach to interpreting and classifying complexity of patient needs. AIM: The aim of this article is to identify and describe classification systems for complexity of patient care needs in pa..

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