Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp 795–801 | Cite as

Implementation of a palliative care team in an Austrian university hospital

  • Imke StrohscheerEmail author
  • Julijana Verebes
  • Hellmut Samonigg
Supportive Care International


Implementation of hospital-based palliative care team is a new subject in German-speaking areas, especially in university hospitals. Our Section of Palliative Care was subsequently built up to a 12-bed palliative care unit, a home-based, and a hospital-based palliative care team. Analysis of the implementation strategies, development of the working profile, and documentation of the hospital-based palliative care team were done. During the first 2 years, quality and number of inquiries for palliative care increased significantly. In our opinion, a high degree of expertise, involvement of the nursing staff, and personal contact play a key role for a successful implementation of a palliative care team in a large university hospital.


Palliative Care Primary Caregiver Symptom Control Specialist Palliative Care Palliative Care Unit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Imke Strohscheer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julijana Verebes
    • 1
  • Hellmut Samonigg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative CareMedical University GrazGrazAustria

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