Evidence / Resources

There resources provide information on why enhancing the quality of end-of-life care in acute hospitals is important.

End-of-Life Resources

Talks and Presentations

Recognising Death: The first episode of the RACP’s CPD podcast Pomegranate, explores the challenges doctors face in end-of-life decision making. Made by, and for, physicians, the peer-reviewed program features Fellows from across specialities and divisions speaking on issues that matter to them.

Professor Hal Swerissen Visiting Fellow, Grattan Institute, Dying in Australia. Deeble Institute Workshop: End of Life Care 13 April 2016

Systematic Reviews

Flannery L, Ramjan LM, Peters K. End-of-life decisions in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - Exploring the experiences of ICU nurses and doctors - A critical literature review. Aust Crit Care. 2015 Sep 18. pii: S1036-7314(15)00079-X. [Epub ahead of print]

Hewison A, Lord L, Bailey C. "It's been quite a challenge": redesigning end-of-life care in acute hospitals. Palliat Support Care. 2015 Jun;13(3):609-18. doi: 10.1017/S1478951514000170. Epub 2014 Apr 28.

McCourt R, James Power J, Glackin M. General nurses' experiences of end-of-life care in the acute hospital setting: a literature review. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2013 Oct;19(10):510-6.

Pringle J, Johnston B, Buchanan D. Dignity and patient-centred care for people with palliative care needs in the acute hospital setting: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2015 Sep;29(8):675-94. doi: 10.1177/0269216315575681. Epub 2015 Mar 23. Review.

Virdun C, Luckett T, Davidson PM, Phillips J. Dying in the hospital setting: A systematic review of quantitative studies identifying the elements of end-of-life care that patients and their families rank as being most important. Palliat Med. 2015 Oct;29(9):774-96. doi: 10.1177/0269216315583032. Epub 2015 Apr 28.

Visser M, Deliens L, Houttekier D. Physician-related barriers to communication and patient- and family-centred decision-making towards the end of life in intensive care: a systematic review. Crit Care. 2014 Nov 18;18(6):604. doi: 10.1186/s13054-014-0604-z.

Editorial Reviews

Swerissen H, Duckett SJ. What can we do to help Australians die the way they want to?  Med J Aust. 2015 Jan 19;202(1):10-1. doi:10.5694/mja14.01580

Blinderman CD, Billings JA. Comfort care for patients dying in the Hospital. N Engl J Med. 2015 Dec 24;373(26):2549-61. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1411746

Change Resources

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). National Consensus Statement: essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care (1.74MB pdf). Sydney: ACSQHC, 2015.

Conry MC, Humphries N, Morgan K, McGowan Y, Montgomery A, Vedhara K, et al. A 10 year (2000-2010) systematic review of interventions to improve quality of care in hospitals. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012 Aug 24;12:275. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-275.

Emergency Care Institute. End-of-Life Care in the Emergency Department [Internet]. 2015 [updated 2015 Dec 18; cited 2016 May 20].

Last updated 5 April 2017