GP and nurses’ perceptions of how after hours care for people receiving palliative care at home could be improved: a mixed methods study

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2009, 8:13  Follow this link for the full article

Date of Publication: 14 September 2009

Publication Type: Research article

In a nutshell: This study carried out in Australia investigates the gaps in care from the perspective of GPs and Palliative Care nurses. Questionnaires developed from an earlier phase of this project were distributed to staff in both urban and rural practices. Some of the gaps identified could only be met by long term funding and policy change. Education and training of Palliative Care professionals was identified as an area for improvement as was the development of advance care plans and greater communication between members of multidisciplinary teams to enhance after hours service provision for patients receiving palliative care at home.

Length of Publication: 29 pages


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