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Fitting the pieces together: Completing the big picture puzzle of a coherent end-of-life care system for all

A guest post from Dr Chris Moy, General Practitioner, Parkside, SA

  • 8 December 2015
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Fitting the pieces together: Completing the big picture puzzle of a coherent end-of-life care system for all

A fundamental aspect of palliative care is that it is supposed to be “holistic care”. At an individual level, this emphasises the requirement to not only consider the many medical and practical aspects of a person’s care, but to also consider their emotional, social and spiritual needs.

At the level of policy and service development, this means being able to identify the many pieces of the puzzle that are required to support good end-of-life care for individuals, and to wisely fit these together so that the picture begins to make sense to everyone.

In South Australia, there has been steady progress in this regard, with the work of many individuals and organisations being the essential pieces that coming together to form a picture of a coherent end-of-life decision-making and care strategy which will better provide for the needs of people dying both in hospitals and in the community.

So, what are some of these “pieces”, and how do they fit together?

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