Guidelines and Suggestions for those Starting a Hospice/Palliative Care Service, 3rd edition

Derek Doyle, OBE, MD

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Preface to the 3rd 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 something 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 resource. It was first published in 2005, the second edition was published in 2009 and has since been read by thousands of people, many of whom have told us how helpful it was. It is the most consulted, downloaded document and visited page in the IAHPC website.

With this third edition, it has now been brought up to date - relevant for readers worldwide. It answers all the most 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, 2021


The author is grateful for the review, valuable comments and contributions received from the following IAHPC Officers for this 3rd edition:

Liliana De Lima, MHA (USA)
IAHPC Executive Director

Tania Pastrana, MD (Germany)
IAHPC Research Adviser

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