Quality indicators have been developed concerning palliative care for patients with cancer and / or dementia in different settings in various European countries. This article presents the efforts of a multidisciplinary international panel of experts to compile a set of palliative care quality indicators based on these pre-existing sets of indicators. This has yielded a list 23 useful quality indicators concerning good practice, such as availability of palliative care teams and special palliative care facilities for patients and their relatives, educational interventions for professionals, documentation of pain and other symptoms, communication with patients / relatives and end-of-life decisions. The 23 quality indicators for palliative care focus mainly on cancer and dementia palliative care, but are generalisable to other conditions.
van Riet Paap, J. Vernooij-Dassen, M. [and] Dröes, RM. [et al]; IMPACT Research Team (2014). Consensus on quality indicators to assess the organisation of palliative cancer and dementia care applicable across national healthcare systems and selected by international experts. BMC Health Services Research. September 17th 2014, 14, 396. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
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