Early identification of palliative care patients in general practice: development of RADboud indicators for PAlliative Care Needs (RADPAC)

Source: British Journal of General Practice 2012, 62(602) pe625-e631(7)

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study was to systematically develop a tool for GPs with which they can identify patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cancer respectively, who could benefit from proactive palliative care. A three-step procedure, including a literature review, focus group interviews with input from the multidisciplinary field of palliative healthcare professionals, and a modified Rand Delphi process with GPs; was used to develop sets of indicators for the early identification of CHF, COPD, and cancer patients who could benefit from palliative care. The article concludes that applying the RADPAC facilitates the start of proactive palliative care and aims to improve the quality of palliative care in general practice.

Length of publication: 7 pages

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library

 

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