Developing a "toolkit" to measure implementation of concurrent palliative care in rural community cancer centers

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Zubkoff L., Dionne-Odom J. N., Pisu M., Babu D., AKYAR İ., Smith T., ...More

PALLIATIVE & SUPPORTIVE CARE, vol.16, no.1, pp.60-72, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s1478951517000323
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.60-72
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Despite national guidelines recommending early concurrent palliative care for individuals newly diagnosed with metastatic cancer, few community cancer centers, especially those in underserved rural areas do so. We are implementing an early concurrent palliative care model, ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends) in four, rural-serving community cancer centers. Our objective was to develop a "toolkit" to assist community cancer centers that wish to integrate early palliative care for patients with newly diagnosed advanced cancer and their family caregivers.