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Palliative care comes to the fore

After years of scarcity, funding for research into palliative care may be on the rise. But researchers will have to change their ways to make the most of it, says Craig Nicholson.

From debates around assisted dying to the furore surrounding the poor implementation of the Liverpool Care Pathway, which left many carers feeling that patients had been set on a path to inevitable decline, palliative care has received a lot of attention in the mainstream media in recent years.

The government has not been far behind, with the Department of Health commissioning several independent reviews during this parliament, including one on how services should be funded and another on patient choice around end-of-life care.

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