Project Summary and
This project aims to evaluate the
cost and effectiveness of an hospital based palliative care service on
subsequent care of advanced cancer patients in the community, in terms of
length of index hospital admission, and need for re-admission, quality of
symptom control on discharge and at home, quality of life and functional
status at home, patient and carer satisfaction, impact on general
practitioner/district nurse workload, and eventual place of death.
The effects of such a service on the professional satisfaction of the
primary care team will also be assessed.
The study will be a randomised controlled trial of two levels of
intervention by the palliative care team in the United Bristol Healthcare
Assessments will be undertaken both during the hospital admission and
after discharge over a 5 month follow-up period or to death.
Further information can be obtained from:
Professor Geoff Hanks
Macmillan Professor of Palliative Medicine
Department of Palliative Medicine
University of Bristol
Bristol Oncology Centre