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The development and implementation of the Pathway for Improving the Care of the Dying in general medical wards

Authors

  • K. Jackson,

    Corresponding author
    1. Supportive and Palliative Care Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health, Clayton,
    2. Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne,
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  • C. Mooney,

    1. Supportive and Palliative Care Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health, Clayton,
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  • D. Campbell

    1. Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne,
    2. General Medical Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Funding: Partially funded through a DHS Victoria Training and Development Grant.

  • Conflict of interest: None

Kate Jackson, McCulloch House, Supportive and Palliative Care, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton Vic 3168 Australia. Email: pallcare@southernhealth.org.au

Abstract

The majority of deaths in Australia occur in general hospital wards and most are neither sudden nor unexpected. The Pathway for Improving the Care of the Dying (PICD) is an adaptation of the Liverpool Care Pathway to the Australian healthcare setting (or ‘to Australian conditions’) and is designed to help ensure a ‘good death’ for patients dying outside the palliative care system. PICD consists of a series of prompts, guidelines, revised medical and nursing care plans and a number of medication algorithms.

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