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144462 - AJGP Clinical Challenge November 2018: Palliative care

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Relevance to General Practice

The end of a patient’s life is a significant time for everyone involved in their care. End-of-life care is an important part of a general practitioner’s (GP’s) workload, and this is likely to increase significantly as people live longer and have more complex health needs. Studies have found that Australians are not dying in ways that they wish; while most people note that they wish to die at home, this is the case for only 14% of patients. At present, most deaths these days are due to chronic diseases and, in many cases, planning around the patient’s wishes is possible. This requires the GP to proactively communicate and discuss end-of-life care, especially advance care planning, with their patients. Patients expect their doctors to commence this conversation. It is important, therefore, for GPs to have the confidence to initiate discussions about end-of-life care. 
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Learning outcomes
  • Describe existing evidence-based frameworks of palliative care that can be used to provide high-quality home-based palliative care
  • Outline the key barriers to general practice involvement in advance care planning
  • Illustrate the benefits of the emerging digital health system by reference to typical patients that Australian general practitioners are treating
  • Describe useful strategies for incorporating advance care planning into patient care
  • Discuss the principles of the palliative care approach and illustrate specific factors relevant for common non-cancer condition
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    144462 - AJGP Clinical Challenge November 2018: Palliative care
    2 hours
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