CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

The views and opinions expressed in our blog series are those of the authors and are not necessarily supported by CareSearch, Flinders University and/or the Australian Government Department of Health.
 

How to integrate evidence into your practice

A guest blog post by Dr David Healey, General Practitioner, Faulkner Street Medical Practice

  • 7 November 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 267
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How to integrate evidence into your practice

Health professionals are always seeking the latest evidence in order to provide the best possible care to their patients. However, integrating the latest evidence into practice can seem daunting. Dr David Healey, a General Practitioner, provides examples how he integrates evidence into his practice and the importance of doing so. 

General practitioner clinical decision making for patients with life-limiting illness: does the presence of complex multimorbidity make a difference?

A guest blog post by Raechel Damarell, PhD Candidate, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

  • 9 April 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 858
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General practitioner clinical decision making for patients with life-limiting illness: does the presence of complex multimorbidity make a difference?
As the Australian population ages, general practitioners are increasingly required to manage patients burdened by multiple chronic conditions, or 'multimorbidity'. Raechel Damarell, PhD Candidate at Flinders University discusses her PhD topic to investigate if the presence of complex multimorbidity influences the clinical decision making of general practitioners for patients with a life-limiting illness.

Have you ever wondered why it's difficult to find a useful and relevant palliative care app when you need one?

A guest blog post from Amanda Adams, Project Officer, GATI Project, Decision Assist program and CareSearch Research Assistant

  • 15 March 2016
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 5845
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Have you ever wondered why it's difficult to find a useful and relevant palliative care app when you need one?

In 2013, Canalys (1) estimated there were over 1,600,000 apps available in the two largest online app stores,  iTunes and Google Play, and the number of platform-based, service carrier or manufacturer-operated online stores has increased to over 70 worldwide in the last two years (2). With over 1.2 billion people now accessing mobile applications (3), the role of the app has become multidimensional, with users expecting to discover an app to enhance every part of their life, for both work and play. For healthcare professionals (HCPs) working in palliative care, searching, evaluating, identifying, and downloading relevant apps from the proverbial sea of applications is a time-consuming pastime which often yields little to no results.

Four easy steps to help GPs use the palliative care resources on CareSearch

A guest blog post from Dr Christine Sanderson, Staff Specialist, Neringah Community Palliative Care Service, NSW

  • 22 February 2016
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 5119
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Four easy steps to help GPs use the palliative care resources on CareSearch


CareSearch is an online resource for palliative care. It has evidence-based resources for both clinicians and for patients, and their families and friends. As it is now a very large repository of evidence-based information, I would like to point you to four of the best sections for GPs to start off in.

These sections include the GP Hub, the Clinical Evidence pages, the Finding and Using Evidence pages, and the Education pages. You can also find information specially written for your patients in the Patients, Carers, and Families section. 

Assessing and managing chronic breathlessness

A guest blog post from Professor of Palliative Care David Currow

  • 16 February 2016
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 6724
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Assessing and managing chronic breathlessness

Chronic breathlessness is highly prevalent across the community. One in 100 Australians have significant impairment of their activities of daily living and one in 300 people are housebound because of breathlessness.

Chronic breathlessness is systematically under-recognised by health professionals. When taking a history about breathlessness, the question ‘are you breathless?’ is not going to elicit the problem nor its magnitude. ‘What do you have to avoid in order to minimise breathlessness?’ is a far more important question, or this can also be phrased as ‘what have you given up in order not to be breathless?’ With these questions, we start to get a picture of the net impact of breathlessness on individual patients.

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