Who in the Practice Could Benefit
Many patients in general practice will be older. Many will have a number of different conditions.
The most important identifier might be a simple question:
‘Would you be surprised if the patient dies within the next six months?
If it is likely that this patient could die, a palliative care case conference may be a mechanism for organising care and clarifying whether continuing care at home and a home death is possible.
Other triggers that can prompt thinking about the patient’s changing status could be:
- The patient is no longer able to attend the practice without significant assistance.
- There are changes in their pattern of attendance at the practice.
- There is a sudden decline or deterioration in their health.
- They have been in hospital.
- The family has indicated concerns about their health.
- The older person is actually indicating that they are unwell and don’t want more treatment.
Palliative Care Case Conference Processes
More detailed information on the following aspects of palliative care case conferences is available:
Page updated 23 May 2017