End of life care presentations to the emergency department for community palliative care patients (PEEP)

Palliative care is the specialist care provided to those facing the problems associated with having a life-limiting illness, when the best quality of life possible becomes the priority. While many palliative patients wish to be cared for and to die at home unfortunately many patients present to the emergency department in the last few weeks of life.

The aim of this study is to conduct a retrospective review of Emergency Department (ED) presentations by community palliative care patients in the last month of life in the South Western Sydney Local Health District.

Specifically, this study seeks to identify:

  • Reason for ED presentation, management during ED presentation including clinical care and discharge destination
  • Whether the ED presentation was avoidable
  • Whether socio-demographic and clinical  circumstances influence ED presentation and outcomes
  • Whether carer or health service provision circumstances influence ED presentation and outcomes


NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Strategy Reserve Funding $13, 626 (2015-2016)

Project Team:

Parker D (CANR), Schofield K., (Primary and Community Health Unit SWSLHD) Glavan M., (Wingecarribee Community Health), Berry D., (Bankstown Health Centre ),Perey A., (Fairfield Community Health Nursing Service), Womsley K., (Hoxton Park Community Health) Smith L., (Liverpool Hospital), Sousa M., (CANR)., Bronwyn Everett (CANR)

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