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Table 2 Categories and subcategories emerging from participant interviews

From: South African paramedic perspectives on prehospital palliative care

1) Need for pre-hospital palliative care
a) opportunity, neglect and importance
b) ethics, patient rights and human dignity
2) Function of EMS providers concerning palliative care
a) facilitation of care
b) improving quality of life
c) home-based care
3) Challenges to pre-hospital palliative care
a) EMS mindset
b) lack of training
c) resource and scope of practice considerations
d) EMS system failures
e) difficulties specific to the pre-hospital field
4) Ideas for implementing pre-hospital palliative care
a) creation of guidelines
b) multi-disciplinary approach
c) creation of pre-hospital palliative care specialists/teams
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