As a specialist health field, palliative care draws upon a multidisciplinary body of evidence to support its practice. It helps us understand what models of care are effective. For clinicians and health professionals, this means using the best available evidence in combination with the individual patient’s circumstances and preferences when it comes to making care decisions. For families and carers, this means having access to best practice care with a focus on evidence-based support and services.
Evidence helps people to understand what is likely to happen to them over time and that’s important because it helps them to plan for their last weeks and months of life. It also ensures that they will be well cared for and have as much quality of life as possible.