Prognosis plays a vital role in clinical decision making but it is also important for patients and families to understand what is likely to happen and over what time period.
Information about prognosis may affect patients’ and families’ decisions
Performance state has prognostic significance, especially in advanced cancer
Australian-modified Karnofsky Performance Scale (35kb pdf)
Specific prognostic guidance (SPICT) is available for a range of advanced non-malignant conditions. CareSearch has developed interactive SPICT (298kb pdf) and SPICT4ALL (299kb pdf) forms for online use.
Palliative care services cannot provide long-term in-patient care.
Families may sometimes need to consider residential aged care if the prognosis is months, and the need for good physical nursing is the main focus of the person’s care.
The Fast Facts series (86kb pdf) has rapid information on key issues.
SPICT tool (298kb pdf)
Visit the SPICT website
Review PCOC assessment forms
Download Fast Facts: Prognosis (465kb pdf)
Last updated 24 August 2021