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EOL Essentials Project News

EDITION 21 - February 2018

What's New in the Project?

Occasionally we ask for extra help from you in understanding the outcomes of our education, and last year we asked some of you to answer a small survey. 
We are delighted to announce that the large majority of the subsample of all learners said their confidence and knowledge had been maintained 3-6 months after completing a module in End-of-Life Essentials!
  • 90% of learners’ said their confidence in recognising end-of-life was maintained 3-6 months after completion of Module 3
  • 90% of learners’ said they had increased skills 3-6 months after completion of Module 3
Thank you so much for those of you who completed our survey, we greatly appreciate your feedback and participation. 

Sector News

  • The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released new reports on chronic kidney disease (CKD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), both leading causes of death in Australia.
  • The National Medicines Symposium (NMS), will be held 30 May in Canberra. Presenting the latest and most thought-provoking content in the medicines and health environment, NMS is a rare opportunity to network, share expertise and ideas in a unique cross-disciplinary event. 

Latest Evidence

  • People are living longer, but with increased age comes greater frailty and multi-morbidity. This secondary data analysis examines transcripts from interviews with 11 frail older people and 6 informal carers to explore emotion in relation to frailty and deteriorating health.

    Findlay C, Lloyd A, Finucane A. Experience of emotion in frail older people towards the end of life: A secondary data analysis. Br J Community Nurs. 2017 Dec 2;22 (12):586-592. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2017.22.12.586.
  • Helping people achieve their preferred location of care is an important indicator of quality end-of-life (EOL) care. Using a sample of Australian medical oncology outpatients, this study examined their preferred location of EOL care; their perceived benefits and worries of receiving care in that location; the percentage who had discussed preferences with their doctor and/or support person; whether they wanted their doctor to ask them where they wanted to die.  

    Waller A, Sanson-Fisher R, Zdenkowski N, Douglas C, Hall A, Walsh J. The Right Place at the Right Time: Medical Oncology Outpatients' Perceptions of Location of End-of-Life Care.
    J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 Jan;16(1):35-41. doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2017.7025.

For your Notice Board

Each month we will feature a fact sheet, a poster or other resource that you can print and share on your notice board or in your tearoom.

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March 2018 

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End-of-Life Essentials is based on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care, and the Commission provides ongoing advice to the project.

End-of-Life Essentials is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health
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