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Table 4 Specialist multidisciplinary palliative care services in the four participating countries of the EURO SENTIMELC study

From: Nationwide continuous monitoring of end-of-life care via representative networks of general practitioners in Europe

  Belgium Netherlands Italy Spain
Hospice/palliative care unit Palliative care unit in a hospital Hospice, palliative care unit (in a hospital, nursing home, or care home) Hospice Palliative care unit in a hospital
Palliative care service for patients staying at home Palliative home care team, palliative day care centre Palliative care consultation team* Palliative home care team, domiciliary integrated assistance with palliative care Palliative home care team, palliative day care centre, ambulatory palliative care in a hospital
GP with palliative care training § GP with palliative care training† § §
In-house palliative care service in a nursing home (excl. The Netherlands) Reference persons for palliative care in a nursing home Palliative care nurses in a nursing home
Hospital-based palliative care service (excl. palliative care unit) Mobile palliative care support team in a hospital Palliative care consultation team* Pain therapy or palliative care specialist consultation during a hospital admission
  1. * Palliative care consultation teams mainly offer services to patients at home but also to patients in hospital/hospice/nursing home.
  2. GPs followed palliative care training offered by the Dutch Association of General Practitioners (Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap, NHG); they are registered as palliative care advisors in a central database.
  3. For patients admitted to hospital for at least one day in the last three months of life.
  4. § Not available/assessed in this country.
  5. Not available in this country.