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Table 2 Characteristics of the procedure followed by the palliative care team (N = 57)

From: Palliative care in Dutch hospitals: a rapid increase in the number of expert teams, a limited number of referrals

  Overall N = 57
n (%)
The team has specified referral criteria 41 (72)
Who can consult the PCT?
 - Medical specialist 57 (100)
 - Co-assistant 24 (42)
 - Paramedics 23 (40)
 - Nurses 45 (79)
 - Patients and/or relatives 15 (26)
For which type of patients can the PCT be consulted?
 - Clinical patients 57 (100)
 - Patients at the outpatient clinic 35 (62)
 - Patients who are known by the PCT and who are staying at home 29 (51)
 - Patients who are not known by the PCT and who are staying at home 13 (23)
Availability of the PCT
 - During office hours 51 (89)
 - 24 h/ 7 days a week 6 (11)
The advice is given:
 - Mostly bedside 46 (81)
 - Mostly face to face with referring professional 40 (70)
 - Mostly by telephone 16 (28)
Is there a standard follow up of the patient?
 - Mostly 28 (49)
 - Sometimes 26 (46)
 - Never 3 (5)
Is there a standard follow up with the referring professional?
 - Mostly 30 (53)
 - Sometimes 27 (47)
Is there standard deliberation with the transfer nurse about the situation at home?
 - Yes, always 4 (25)
 - On indication 37 (65)
 - No 6 (11)
Is there standard deliberation with the general physician – nursing home physician before discharge?
 - Yes, always 15 (26)
 - On indication 30 (53)
 - No 12 (21)
Members of the PCT visit patients at home 13 (23)
Forms of out-patient/in home collaboration
 - The PCT consists of professionals both form inside and outside the hospital 31 (54)
 - The PCT provides consultation by telephone for patients who reside outside the hospital 19 (33)
 - The PCT provides bedside consultation outside the hospital 11 (19)
 - Consultants from regional PCTs’ perform bedside consultation in the hospital 5 (9)
 - The PCT does not work transmural 13 (23)
Other activities of the PCT
 - Scientific research 19 (33)
 - Education inside the hospital 54 (95)
 - Education outside the hospital 29 (51)
 - Development of protocols 46 (81)