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Response to: Defining the palliative care patient: its challenges and implications for service delivery
  1. Chad Ahia
  1. Correspondence to Chad Ahia, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD, Australia; chad.ahia{at}

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Mitchell and colleagues have presented us with evidence that even experienced general practitioners confident in their palliative care skills struggle to define a palliative care patient.1 As other health systems endeavour to emulate the Gold Standards Framework,2 Mitchell underlines the framework’s primary hindrance: trying to answer its first question, …

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