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Evidence-based policy in palliative care: time to learn from our mistakes
  1. Katherine E Sleeman and
  2. Irene J Higginson
  1. NIHR Clinician Scientist in Palliative Medicine, King's College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katherine E Sleeman, NIHR Clinician Scientist in Palliative Medicine, King's College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, London SE5 9PJ, UK; katherine.sleeman{at}kcl.ac.uk

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The article by Petrova et al1 is timely and thought-provoking. EPaCCS (Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems) have good face value: they appear so obviously a good idea. But scratch beneath the surface, as Petrova et al have done, and important challenges in public perceptions, funding, information governance, context and healthcare IT become apparent.

EPaCCS are electronic information systems that aim to improve coordination and communication through the recording and sharing of important information about patients' clinical condition and treatment …

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