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What are the challenges for evaluating a palliative care service?

Senior, K and Perkins, D (2005). What are the challenges for evaluating a palliative care service?. Australian Journal of Primary Health,11(3):19-24.

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Title What are the challenges for evaluating a palliative care service?
Author Senior, K
Perkins, D
Journal Name Australian Journal of Primary Health
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 11
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1448-7527   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 19
End Page 24
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher La Trobe University
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This paper identifies the challenges in researching the impact of a rural palliative care service on its patients, carers and providers in the context of the National Palliative Care Strategy. It describes the use of an anthropological method to overcome problems of acceptability and respondent burden and to enable the elaboration of meaning and valuation by participants. It uses the Griffith Area Palliative Care Service as a case study to illustrate the problems of such research and the value of the anthropological method over more conventional research and evaluation approaches. It makes recommendations about how to assess the outcomes of services such as palliative care where the focus of care is complex, individual and family, and the outcomes go far beyond what can be measured with the medical model.
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