Palliative outpatient clinics offer consultation for patients living at home who are able to visit the clinic.
They are an important component of a community palliative care programme. Usually, they are affiliated to specialist PCUs or inpatient hospices.
Patients with progressive disease and reduced performance status will often no longer be able to visit the outpatient clinic. Therefore, outpatient clinics should be integrated in regional networks, in order to consult with inpatient services, home palliative care team or the primary care team.
Radbruch L, Payne S and the Board of Directors of the EAPC. EAPC update. White Paper on standards and norms for hospice and palliative care in Europe: part 2. European Journal of Palliative Care, 2009; 16(6)