Do palliative care health professionals settle for low level evidence?

Chan, Raymond Javan, Phillips, Jane, & Currow, David (2014) Do palliative care health professionals settle for low level evidence? Palliative Medicine, 28(1), pp. 8-9.

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Abstract

The findings of the recent independent review of the UK Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP)1, following substantial concerns raised by members of the public and health professionals found that the implementation of the LCP is often associated with poor care1. The Neuberger Report highlighted the complexity of various ethical, safety, clinical practice and negligence issues associated with pathway usage and how, despite technological advances, diagnosing dying continues to be challenging. The UK Government’s decision to phase out the LCP as policy following these findings, has generated considerable debate both within and beyond the UK. However, another key issue raised by the Neuberger’s report is the issue of the palliative care community’s perceived willingness to readily adopt new clinical practices in the absence of evidence. It is this translational issue that this editorial explores.

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ID Code: 64198
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Palliative Medicine, Liverpool Care Pathway, End of life care pathways, Evidence-based healthcare, Palliative care professionals
DOI: 10.1177/0269216313514707
ISSN: 0269-2163
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OTHER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (119900) > Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified (119999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Palliative Care Research and Education
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2013 02:00
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2013 22:55

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