The hidden issues of anticipatory medications in community palliative care

Margaret O’Connor, Susan Gatens and Brian H Le
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00030
Published online: 2 June 2014

To the Editor: Most people, because of the “normality” it offers, wish to die at home.1 Additional interconnected factors, including preferences, functional status and caregiving responsibilities, contribute to achieving this desire.2 Key to the inability to stay at home is lack of symptom control, frequently resulting in hospital admission.3

  • Margaret O’Connor1,2
  • Susan Gatens2
  • Brian H Le2,3

  • 1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Palliative Care, Melbourne City Mission, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Department of Palliative Care, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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