Support app for GPs working with palliative patients


Palliative care advisory service Decision Assist has launched its first app, aimed at supporting GPs with access to information on clinical care for older palliative patients living at home or in residential care.

The palliAGED app has been designed to help GPs to plan for expected deaths and provide the required care in a pre-emptive fashion.

The app directs users through the key clinical processes that are recommended at various points in the last year of the patient's life, including creating advance care plans, case conferences or terminal care management plans.

It provides information and resources to support each of these and includes prescribing support for common symptoms experienced in the terminal phase.

The app is one of a suite of resources for GPs on palliative care and advance care planning being developed by Decision Assist, the handy name for the federally funded Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services project.

The project is managed by a consortium of national health and aged care organisations, including Respecting Patient Choices (RPC), Palliative Care Australia, Flinders University's CareSearch, the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), and Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA).

The app can be downloaded for free for Android, Windows and iOS devices.

Posted in Aged Care

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