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University hospital center for palliative and supportive care
  1. Lisa Hentsch1,
  2. Caroline Matis1,
  3. Catherine Bollondi-Pauly2,
  4. Alexandra Szarnyski-Blocquet1 and
  5. Sophie Pautex1
  1. 1Rehabilitation and Geriatrics, Division of Palliative Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneve, Switzerland
  2. 2Nursing, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneve, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lisa Hentsch, Rehabilitation and Geriatrics, Division of Palliative Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneve, Switzerland; lisa.hentsch{at}


The Center for Palliative Care and Supportive Care opened in 2019 with the aim of contributing to the implementation of general palliative care in all departments of the Geneva University Hospitals. Built with the aim of supporting care professionals in the management of patients with palliative trajectories and enhancing their professional skills, depending on their specialisation, the centre has laid out recommendations for the palliative management of people with a life-limiting disease. The results of the centre’s actions, carried out in collaboration with these professionals, are encouraging and show a growing use of the recommended tools for the evaluation and management of patients in general palliative care.

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Education and training
  • Hospital care
  • Quality of life
  • Supportive care
  • Symptoms and symptom management

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  • Contributors LH and CM drafted the initial paper. LH, CM, CB-P, AS-B and SP critically revised the article. LH and CM extracted the data and prepared the figures. All authors reviewed and approved the final version of the paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.