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First Referral To An Integrated Onco-palliative Care Program: A Retrospective Analysis Of Its Timing.
Published 2017 · Medicine
167Background: Despite being recommended early in the course of advanced cancer, palliative care (PC) referral remains often late. Taking into account limited PC resources, disease-specific referral criteria and models of care need to be explored. In a previous work, we showed that a weekly onco-palliative meeting (OPM) allowed earlier introduction of the PC team (PCT) and decreased aggressiveness of end-of-life (EOL) care1. We describe patient’s profile when first referred to this Integrated Onco-Palliative Care program (IOPC), the timing of the referral relatively to the course of his/her disease and the impact on the trajectory of EOL care. Methods: The IOPC of our University Hospital combined a weekly OPM, dedicated to patients with incurable diseases for whom goals and organization of care need to be discussed, and/or clinical evaluation with possible follow-up by the PCT. We retrospectively analysed all patients reported for the first time at OPM between 2011 and 2013. We calculated an index of prec...