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    Background: There is a paucity of evidence regarding the contribution of generalist community nursing to palliative care. Aim: The aim of this study was to identity the proportion of patients referred to a generalist community nursing service who meet the criteria for palliative care need and explore key aspects of their management. Methods: A retrospective case note review of people known to a generalist community nursing service was undertaken to identify people with palliative care needs. Results: Of the 1284 people enrolled in the community nursing service, 21.1% (n=271) were identified as having palliative care needs, of which most (82.7%; n=224) had a non-cancer illness. However, palliative care need was largely unrecognised in the referrals to community nursing and there was little evidence of a palliative approach being integrated into nursing care. Conclusions: Nursing has a significant role in the provision of generalist palliative care in the community. However, research is needed to identify the barriers community nurses experience identifying needs and providing palliative care. A focus on education and support in implementing screening tools, which may assist community nurses in recognising needs and delivering palliative in the generalist setting, is urgently needed.

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    Jackie Robinson, Rosemary Frey, Gillian Gibbs, Meenu Hayden, Merryn Gott. The contribution of generalist community nursing to palliative care: a retrospective case note review. International journal of palliative nursing. 2023 Feb 02;29(2):75-82

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    PMID: 36822619

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