Quality Processes

Quality Processes

There are many different topics that need to be considered when providing comprehensive guidance for the many different groups providing palliative care to older Australians in residential aged care and in the community. Guidance needs to reflect what is known from the evidence on a range of issues from symptoms and care planning to family and carer needs and service and system considerations. The list of evidence topics was developed from analysis of what was covered in the APRAC and COMPAC guidelines and from topics through a consultation process with the community and the project advisory groups. This process helps ensure that the guidance is comprehensive and relevant. 

Quality Appraisal

The PCACE Project Team has identified different evidence resources to provide guidance on common care and symptom issues faced when looking after older people who need palliative or end of life care.

The main resources used in developing the summaries and syntheses for the evidence topics are systematic reviews, guidelines and significant evaluation studies. The process by which these documents are developed usually involves extensive searching, assessment of the quality of the research, data extraction, peer review  and review by intended users. The process is illustrated below.

Page updated 08 May 2017