GS Preface

Preface to the 2nd Edition

How often one meets someone who says

"We are determined to start a new hospice or palliative care service but don't know where to start? We all wish there was somewhere where we could learn what to do and what not to do, written by people who have been through all this. We must get it right."

Well, the IAHPC has just that book. It was first published a few years ago and has since been read by hundreds if not thousands of people many of whom have told us how helpful it was. It has now been brought up to date - relevant for readers worldwide. It answers all the most commonly asked questions. It stresses what not to do as much as what to do. It is free of jargon and is honest about the challenge that faces those "getting started".

Derek Doyle, OBE, MD
Edinburgh, 2009


The author is grateful for the review, valuable comments and contributions received from the following IAHPC Board Members:

  • Kan-sang Chan, MD (Hong Kong)
  • Liliana De Lima, MHA (USA)
  • Roberto Wenk, MD (Argentina)
  • Roger Woodruff, MD (Australia)
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