CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

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Five quick tips for prescribing medicines in the last days of life

A guest blog post from Lead Palliative Care Pharmacist Paul Tait

  • 3 November 2015
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Five quick tips for prescribing medicines in the last days of life
In its 'Dying Well' report published in September last year, the Grattan Institute said 14% of Australians die in their own home. The option of care at home is often well-received by patients and carers alike. Enablers for people to remain at home include support from their general practitioner (GP) as well as access to good symptom control.

Given the small proportion of people who require support at home in the last days of life and the infrequency of managing this patient group, there are some simple tips for GPs to consider with regards to prescribing medicines. These five tips help the GP to anticipate the barriers to timely access to good symptom control and possibly avoid an unnecessary hospitalisation for an issue that could have been effectively managed in the community.

Welcome

  • 3 November 2015
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Welcome
Welcome to Palliative Perspectives, the new blog from CareSearch palliative care knowledge network.
 
This blog has been established to provide Australian health professionals with a place where they can read posts from their peers across the health professions, particularly those with expertise and an interest in palliative care.

 
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The CareSearch blog Palliative Perspectives informs and provides a platform for sharing views, tips and ideas related to palliative care from community members and health professionals. 
 

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