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Palliat Support Care. 2005 Mar;3(1):5-14.

Identification of patients with noncancer diseases for palliative care services.

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Department of Palliative Care, School of Medicine, Sturt Building, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia 5042, Australia. carol.grbich@flinders.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify criteria for measuring the eligibility of patients with end-stage noncancer diseases for palliative care services in Australian residential aged care facilities.

METHODS:

No validated set if guidelines were available so five instruments were used: an adaptation of the American National Hospice Association Guidelines; a recent adaptation of the Karnofsky Performance Scale; the Modified Barthel Index; the Abbey Pain Score for assessment of people who are nonverbal and a Verbal Descriptor Scale, also for pain measurement. In addition, nutritional status and the presence of other problematic symptoms and their severity were also sought.

RESULTS:

The adapted American National Hospice Association Guidelines provided an initial indicative framework and the other instruments were useful in providing confirmatory data for service eligibility and delivery.

PMID:
16594189
DOI:
10.1017/s1478951505050029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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