TableĀ 2

How palliative care patients are identified in sample European countries

CountryClinical guidelines currently being used for identification of palliative patients in primary careOther routes for identification
AlbaniaNoneOncological centres
BelgiumSurprise questionNot discussed
DenmarkNoneDischarge letters from hospitals and in nursing homes (rarely)
GermanyNoneHospitals, specialist practices, nursing homes and community nursing services.
IrelandNoneNot discussed
MaltaHospice guidelines for primary careHospitals (advanced cancer only)
NetherlandsPatz-project in the area of Amsterdam: identification and registration of palliative patients by GPs and community nurses (ref)Secondary care settings
PortugalNoneAnywhere in the healthcare system; by doctors, nurses and social workers
SerbiaNoneOncology consultant teams
SwitzerlandNoneNot discussed
UKPIG, SPICT, Quick guideDischarge letters from secondary care and by district nurses
  • GP, general practitioner; PIG, Prognostic Indicator Guide; SPICT, Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool.