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Study found that patients with palliative care needs represent a significant proportion of the hospital inpatient population and that there is a significant gap between NHS policy regarding palliative and end-of-life care management in acute hospitals in England and current practice.

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M Gott,1,* C Ingleton,2 C Gardiner,3 N Richards,4 M Cobb,5 T Ryan,2 B Noble,6 M Bennett,7 J Seymour,8 S Ward,3 C Parker,9 

1 School of Nursing, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
2 School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
3 School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
4 Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
5 Directorate of Professional Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
6 Department of Oncology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
7 School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
8 School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
9 No affiliation (retired) – medical statistician, , 
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