Palliative Care

Abbey, Jennifer A. (2004) Palliative Care. In Nay, Rhonda & Garratt, Sally (Eds.) Nursing older people : issues and innovations. Churchill Livingstone; Elsevier, Sydney, pp. 259-275.

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Palliative care for older people has been forced back onto the professional agenda of nurses by the technological revolution in health-care capabilities, increased public awareness of human rights issues, and a gradual change in the concept of wellbeing. In January 2003 draft guidelines for palliative care in Residential Aged Care Facilities ( RACFs) were posted on the Australian Palliative Aged Care (APAC) website ( ) These guidelines were developed by a team in Western Australia following a grant from the federal government to support the production of both an education program on palliative care and guidelines in relation to palliative care for staff working in RACFs. These guidelines and the education that will accompany them will be a major step forward in the assisting nurses in the provision of palliative care for the older person. However, the dilemmas and difficulties posed by the introduction of palliative care, for a person without a malignancy and/or known time trajectory of death, will remain problematic and leave many nurses in a quandary over the right decision to make. This chapter suggests some ways of dealing with those dilemmas by focussing on problem identification, and also upon the issues to be debated before discussing the introduction of palliative-care plans or pathways for clients in both residential settings and the community. Altough there is a growing body of expert practice in this area, and although evidence-based work is developing, sadly there is as yet little evidence on which to base our practice.

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ID Code: 2061
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website.
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ISBN: 9780729537513
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Residential Client Care (111718)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Elsevier
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:08

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