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Clinical Evidence

Palliative care as a specialist health field draws upon a multidisciplinary body of evidence to support its practice. These pages are designed to support clinical practice by summarising the state of the evidence and by providing clinicians with access to relevant literature where possible.

There are sets of pages relating to the following areas:

  • Advance Care Planning: 
    This includes information on communication issues, health system and medico legal considerations relating to care planning processes and documentation in advanced disease.  
  • Patient Management: 
    This section looks at common physical symptoms and psychosocial considerations in providing comprehensive care. 
  • Family and Carer Evidence: 
    This provides an overview of the evidence pertaining to carer support.  
  • Service Delivery Evidence: 
    This section reviews evidence relating to service provision and professional practice. 
  • Specific Diseases:
    These three sections look at the evidence relating to Heart Failure and the searching shortcuts for evidence relating to lung cancer and to dementia.

The content for these pages has been developed following a search of multiple literature databases for systematic reviews relevant to the clinical topic. From this basis, the key issues, limitations and contexts for practice have been summarised. Each page also provides links to sources of clinical guidance and ways to find out more. They are intended to be dynamic being modified as the evidence base evolves.

The specific populations included in these pages were identified following discussion with the National Advisory Group.

This page was last updated 20 August 2014