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Research Letter
July 2, 2020

State of Integration of Palliative Care at National Cancer Institute–Designated and Nondesignated Cancer Centers

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  • 1Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
JAMA Oncol. Published online July 2, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.1471

Timely integration of specialist palliative care (PC) to oncologic care is associated with improved patient outcomes.1 Although several studies have examined supportive and palliative care services at US cancer centers,2,3 none to our knowledge have assessed the level of integration using a standardized set of indicators. In this study, we compared the level of integration between National Cancer Institute (NCI)–designated and non–NCI-designated cancer centers.

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