A brief screening by a nurse led to more patients being referred to a hospital palliative care team compared with the number of referrals from standard evaluations, according to a study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The study, presented at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association annual conference, found bringing in a palliative care team resulted in more hospice discussions but did not add to the length of hospital stays.

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