Current advance care planning practice in the Australian community: an online survey of home care package case managers and service managers

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14: 15

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Date of publication: April 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: In Australia many community aged care clients receive services through Home Care Package (HCP) programs. This study aimed to explore current attitudes, knowledge and practice of advance care planning among HCP service managers and case managers. This survey showed low organisational ACP systems and support for case managers and a lack of a normative approach to ACP across Australian HCP services. As HCPs become more prevalent it is essential that a model of ACP is developed and evaluated in this setting, so that clients have the opportunity to discuss and document their future healthcare wishes if they choose to.

Length of publication: 7 pages

 

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