Exploring the interface of oncology and palliative care in Ireland
Irish Medical Organisation
Aims: To explore the integration and delivery of oncology led referrals to palliative care (PC) by examining physician attitudes and referral practices. Methods: An online survey was circulated to oncologists and PC physicians in Ireland. Results: The study (N = 100) comprised sixty-nine oncologists (69%) and thirty-one PC physicians (31%). Ninety-two(92%) believe patients with advanced cancer should receive concurrent treatment, however only 53% of oncologists(N = 37) routinely refer. Regarding end-of-life (EOL) care: 81% of oncologists (N = 55) are directly involved in its administration, despite 84% (N = 53) agreeing patients benefit when PC specialists coordinate EOL care. Conclusion: The gulf between positive attitudes and limited implementation suggests the need for interdisciplinary changes to facilitate integration of PC in clinical practice in Ireland.
Oncology , Palliative care , Clinical practice
Coleman, K., Brady, C., O’Reilly, S. and O’Brien, T. (2019) ‘Exploring the interface of oncology and palliative care in Ireland’, Irish Medical Journal, 112(7), P969 (6pp).
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