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8 Reducing Waiting Times for Admission to Day Therapy Services
  1. Alice McCrory, Day Therapy Manager and
  2. Audrey Agnew, Research Facilitator
  1. Marie Curie Cancer Care, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Palliative day therapy services aim to improve patients’ quality of life by the provision of multidisciplinary holistic care and rehabilitation, within disease constraints (Corr and Corr, 1992; Spencer and Daniels, 1998). In 2008, an internal survey involving 30 outpatients highlighted that some waited up to 1 month for their initial appointment. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2004) guidance recommends that patients with specialist palliative care needs should be ‘referred to services …

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