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Table 1 Interview topic guide

From: Health professionals’ perceptions of palliative care for end-stage cardiac and respiratory conditions: a qualitative interview study

Interview topic

Areas covered

Participant experiences of referral of patients with advanced non cancer disease to palliative care

Deciding who to refer

Judging time of referral

Raising the topic of referral

Approaching the topic of palliative care

Discussing prognosis with patient

Patient awareness of prognosis and palliative care

Participant experiences of barriers to palliative care referral

Difficulties in deciding when to refer to palliative care

Other factors negatively influencing this

Reasons for later referral for non cancer diseases

Participant experiences of facilitators to palliative care referral/involvement

Benefits from palliative care referrals

Opinions on referring earlier

Current timing of referrals

Improving timing of referral to palliative care