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Home Healthc Nurse. 2011 Mar;29(3):139-45; quiz 146-7. doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e31820ba808.

Using palliative care assessment tools to influence and enhance clinical practice.

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South Australia & Northern Territory at Palliative & Supportive Services, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. deborah.rawlings@flinders.edu.au

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.

PMID:
21368625
DOI:
10.1097/NHH.0b013e31820ba808
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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