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2022 Jul 08

BMC Palliat Care



Community prescribing trends and prevalence in the last year of life, for people who die from cancer.


Mills SEE, Buchanan D, Donnan PT, Smith BH
BMC Palliat Care. 2022 Jul 08; 21(1):120.
PMID: 35799225.


People who die from cancer ('cancer decedents') may latterly experience unpleasant and distressing symptoms. Prescribing medication for pain and symptom control is essential for good-quality palliative care; however, such provision is variable, difficult to quantify and poorly characterised in current literature. This study aims to characterise trends in prescribing analgesia, non-analgesic palliative care medication and non-palliative medications, to cancer decedents, in their last year of life, and to assess any associations with demographic or clinical factors.