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We read with interest the excellent paper by Maas and colleagues in BMJ supportive and palliative care, December 2013.1 We agree that: palliative care should be available, as needed, alongside disease- modifying treatment; early palliative care can improve outcomes for patients; it's difficult to recognise people with non-malignant diseases who would benefit from comprehensive palliative assessment and interventions before death is imminent.
We note that all but one tool found by the authors had a time-frame inherent in their definition of a palliative care patient, and even the RADboud …
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