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Type: Journal article
Title: Case conferencing for palliative care patients – a survey of South Australian general practitioners
Author: To, T.H.M.
Tait, P.
Morgan, D.
Tieman, J.
Crawford, G.B.
Michelmore, A.
Currow, D.
Swetenham, K.
Citation: Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2017; 23(5):458-463
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1448-7527
1836-7399
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Timothy H. M. To, Paul Tait, Deidre D. Morgan, Jennifer J. Tieman, Gregory Crawford, Alexandra Michelmore, David C. Currow and Kate Swetenham
Abstract: Benefits of case conferencing for people with palliative care needs between a general practitioner, the person and other key participants include improving communication, advance care planning, coordination of care, clarifying goals of care and support for patient, families and carers. Despite a growing evidence base for the benefits, the uptake of case conferencing has been limited in South Australia. The aim of this study is to explore the beliefs and practice of South Australian general practitioners towards case conferencing for people with palliative care needs. Using an online survey, participants were asked about demographics, attitudes towards case conferencing and details about their most recent case conference for a person with palliative care needs. Responses were received from 134 general practitioners (response rate 11%). In total, 80% valued case conferencing for people with palliative care needs; however, <25% had been involved in case conferencing in the previous 2 years. The major barrier was time to organise and coordinate case conferences. Enablers included general practitioner willingness or interest, strong relationship with patient, specialist palliative care involvement and assistance with organisation. Despite GPs’ beliefs of the benefits of case conferencing, the barriers remain significant. Enabling case conferencing will require support for organisation of case conferences and review of Medicare Benefits Schedule criteria for reimbursement.
Keywords: Case conference; family meeting; patient care team; primary health care
Rights: © La Trobe University 2017
DOI: 10.1071/PY16001
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