Volume 50, Number 12
Cancer is a pervasive global problem with tremendous impact on patients and healthcare utilisation. A Singapore study conducted a retrospective audit of active cancer patients presenting to the emergency department with subsequent admission. The findings revealed that these short admissions have low resource needs and may be potentially managed without inpatient admission. Results of the study can potentially guide efforts to develop clinical protocols for greater ambulatory management, enhanced triage of cancer patients, improved supportive and palliative service inclusive of symptom management and physical therapy, and support for caregivers towards proactive multicomponent interventions and sustainable healthcare.
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