This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:
The objectives of this review are:
to determine the clinical effectiveness of different types of home palliative care services for adult patients with advanced illness and their caregivers;
to compare the resource use and costs associated with these services; and
to determine their cost-effectiveness.
Additional objectives are to compare different disease groups, to examine other sources of heterogeneity in the findings and to ascertain the appropriateness for meta-analysis.