Barriers to the best care of the dying in Queensland, Australia

Hardy, Janet, Maresco-Pennisi, Diane, Gilshenan, Kristen and Yates, Patsy (2008) Barriers to the best care of the dying in Queensland, Australia. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 11 10: 1325-1329. doi:10.1089/jpm.2008.0170

Author Hardy, Janet
Maresco-Pennisi, Diane
Gilshenan, Kristen
Yates, Patsy
Title Barriers to the best care of the dying in Queensland, Australia
Journal name Journal of Palliative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-6218
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/jpm.2008.0170
Volume 11
Issue 10
Start page 1325
End page 1329
Total pages 5
Editor von Gunten, C. F.
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 920211 Palliative Care
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Abstract The process of dying for many Australians is not ideal. To improve the care of the dying in our community, the barriers preventing optimal care must be identified. Forty-two important barriers were identified by focus groups. Health care professionals (HCPs) working in palliative care (PC) throughout Queensland were asked to rate the importance of each of the barriers. Inadequate funding for PC, lack of after-hours care, insufficient medical support and the lack of HCPs in PC across several different settings were highlighted as the most important barriers. Uncertainty regarding death certification, society's difficulty in responding to cultural needs, patient fears that active treatment would be stopped and fear of palliative care were considered the least important barriers. Many HCPs seem concerned about issues they are less likely to influence. The results of this survey may be useful for future workforce planning.
Keyword palliative care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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