Source: Australian Health Review Vol. 35(3) p350-356
Date of publication: August 2011
Publication type: Article
In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate an end-of-life (terminal) care pathway for Australian residential aged care facilities that improves resident and health system outcomes. The residential aged care end-of-life care pathway was developed by a multidisciplinary collaboration of government and non-government professionals and incorporated best clinical management for dying residents to guide care and increase palliative care capacity of generalist staff. Results indicated that the pathway, delivered within a care framework that guides provision of palliative care, resulted in improved resident outcomes and decreased inappropriate transfers to acute care settings.
Length of publication: 7 pages
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