The question arises following the experience a 70-year-old man with pancreatic cancer whose family were distraught to discover that his hospice did not provide antibiotics, carry out blood tests or check vital signs.
Professor Cherny states that “this philosophy does not seem consistent with providing individualised, goal-focused care”. He is interested to find out how common this phenomenon is in hospices around the world.
More information and how to respond is available on the EAPC blog. Responses from countries such as Spain, Australia, South Africa, Austria and India have already been received and sparked discussion.