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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.
In health care the role of evidence in decision making is recognised by health care practitioners and providers, and relates to understanding the balance between the potential benefits and harms of any practice, treatment or intervention. Dr Katrina Erny-Albrecht of CareSearch discusses the importance of independent, critical appraisal and synthesis of evidence into reliable, practical guidance for recipients and providers of care.
Health care professionals agree that the quality of care provided in the emergency department for dying patients and their families is often not as good as it needs to be. Dr Tracy Giles of Flinders University explains how her research into the experiences of family members will help to identify what is working well already and areas of care that need improvement, and how you can become involved.
The location of palliative care is important, but the Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) believes that the quality of care people receive is the most important factor determining their overall satisfaction with palliative care. Dr Sarah Spiller and Dr Kathyn Dwan from Health Care Consumers' Association discuss how palliative care is delivered is more important than where it is delivered.
For the first time, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) ran National Advance Care Planning Week (16 - 22 April). Linda Nolte, Program Director for ACPA discusses the impact of the initiative and the response of both the public and health care sector to National Advance Care Planning Week.
One part of advance care planning that is often unseen is law. Yet law plays an important role in end-of-life care. Professor Ben White and Professor Lindy Willmott from Queensland University of Technology explains the legal aspects of planning for advance care and end of life, and how the Australian Centre for Health Law Research supports health professionals.