A national facilitation project to improve primary palliative care: impact of the Gold Standards Framework on process and self-ratings of quality

Title: A national facilitation project to improve primary palliative care: impact of the Gold Standards Framework on process and self-ratings of quality

Author: Dale J et al

Source: Quality and Safety in Health Care 2009;18:174-180

In a nutshell: Improving quality of end-of-life care is a key driver of UKpolicy. The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for Palliative Care aims to strengthen primary palliative care through facilitating implementation of systematic clinical and organisational processes. The objective of this article is to describe the general practice that participated in the GSF programme 2003-5 and the changes in processes and perception of quality that occurred in that year following entry to the programme and to identify factors associated with the extent of change. In conclusion, the implementation of GSF seems to have resulted in substantial improvements in processes and quality of palliative care.

Length of article: 6 pages

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