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Book review
Palliative Care Formulary 5th edition
  1. Phil Wiffen
  1. Correspondence to Professor Phil Wiffen, Pain Research Unit, Churchill Hospital, Old Rd, Oxford OX3 7LE, UK; phil.wiffen{at}

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Robert Twycross, Andrew Wilcock, Paul Howard, Eds. 2014, £50.00, p. 880. ISBN: 978 0 9552547 9 6

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The Palliative Care Formulary (PCF5) published in the UK is aimed at clinical staff working in the palliative care and hospice environment. The work is supported by a large team of editors based in the UK, Europe and Australia. The layout will be familiar to users of the British National Formulary (BNF). The softback book is a reproduction of a continuously updated resource at that can be accessed for a fee.

The text is evidence based where possible throughout the text, though in this area of medicine much is based on wisdom. There is discussion of an evidence hierarchy at the beginning of the book, but this is not explicitly …

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