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Home Healthcare Now

March 2011, Volume 29 Number 3 , p 139 - 145

Authors

  • DEB RAWLINGS RN, ONC CERT, BSC (HONS)
  • KATHY HENDRY RN, RM, BPH
  • SUSAN MYLNE MPH
  • MAREE BANFIELD RN, RM, MN (MANAGEMENT)
  • PATSY YATES RN, PhD, FRCNA

Abstract

The Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration focuses on supporting palliative care services in Australia to measure service- and patient-level outcomes, and to use these data to drive continuous quality improvement. The introduction of a suite of clinical assessment tools nationally has resulted in important enhancements to care provision at individual service level. Improved communication, enhanced assessment of patient needs, and improved identification of triggers for the need to change care plans or for referral have resulted from this change.

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