Inpatient palliative medicine is evidence based

Palliat Med. 2001 Nov;15(6):493-8. doi: 10.1191/026921601682553987.


Specialist palliative care services have previously been studied to see whether their intervention is of benefit. However, there is a lack of data on whether interventions in individual palliative care units are evidence based. This study looked at 32 problems and 114 interventions over 1 month in January 2000 in an inpatient palliative care unit. These interventions were then researched to see if there had been trials showing their benefit. The results were then classified: 81% were evidence based (randomized controlled trials 48%, evidence from other trials 27%, convincing non-experimental evidence 6%). This compares favourably with studies performed in other areas of medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Hospitalization*
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • New South Wales
  • Palliative Care / standards*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic