CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives

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“Let’s talk about it”: Are patients too old and sick to think about sexuality and intimacy when faced with a life-limiting illness?

A guest blog post by Brigitte Karle, Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE), Neringah Hospital

  • 19 August 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1304
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“Let’s talk about it”: Are patients too old and sick to think about sexuality and intimacy when faced with a life-limiting illness?

Part of holistic health care is the recognition that humans are sexual beings. Evidence tells us that the sexual needs of patients receiving palliative care are often not met. Brigitte Karle of Neringah Hospital discusses how they investigated gaps in their practice and how they could improve the ability to provide holistic care of their patients including support for intimacy and sexuality. 

Making sense of care at the end of life: The ELDAC Care Model

A blog post from Professor Jennifer Tieman, Director, Matthew Flinders Fellow, Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying

  • 12 August 2019
  • Author: CareSearch
  • Number of views: 1165
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Making sense of care at the end of life: The ELDAC Care Model

ELDAC has developed a framework that helps aged care staff and services to consider and manage key issues in the last phase of life when a person progresses toward death. In her blog, Professor Jennifer Tieman discusses the ELDAC Care Model, its development, and how it can be used by aged care staff and services (working both in and beyond the ELDAC project) to provide quality care at the end of life.

Self-management of arthritic pain for older people in the community: Do Apps have a role to play?

A guest blog post by Priyanka Bhattarai, Research Associate, ELDAC (End-of-Life Directions for Aged Care)

  • 30 July 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 682
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Self-management of arthritic pain for older people in the community: Do Apps have a role to play?

Technological advances are enabling the integration of mobile healthcare Apps into the self-management plans for people living with various chronic and complex conditions. Priyanka Bhattarai discusses her research into investigating if self-management Apps are a feasible and acceptable modality to assist older people in the community to better manage their arthritic pain. The potential extension of this to palliative care is also discussed.

Less can be more: Researching non-beneficial treatment at the end-of-life

A guest blog post by Professor Adrian Barnett, Chief Investigator, InterACT Study and Professor of Statistics, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), Queensland University of Technology

  • 23 July 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 1078
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Less can be more: Researching non-beneficial treatment at the end-of-life

Advances in medicine mean health care professionals can prolong life, yet some treatments have a low chance of providing tangible benefits to some patients, can result in a ‘bad death’, and represent a multi-million dollar cost to the public. Professor Adrian Barnett from the Queensland University of Technology discusses the study he is involved in which looks to increase awareness among hospital clinicians of the extent of non-beneficial treatment at the end-of-life and stimulate action to reduce it.

Usability evaluation and online palliative care information resources

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

  • 16 July 2019
  • Author: Guest
  • Number of views: 611
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Usability evaluation and online palliative care information resources

The internet has provided a mechanism to make palliative care information freely accessible. However, the complexity of palliative care and situational stresses can influence a person’s ability to easily find, navigate and understand online information. It is for this reason that many developers of websites providing palliative care information conduct a usability evaluation during the development process. Amanda Adams discusses her research into evaluation of usability and accessibility during the development stage of an online resource or toolkit and whether this improves access and value.

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