Palliative Care

Health professionals in the general practice setting, including GPs and nurses, have many roles in palliative care. They play an invaluable role in support of patients and their families through the palliative and bereavement stages. Such support may include visiting patients in a hospice or hospital setting or speaking with patients and their family members about the diagnosis and the dying process.

Patients undergoing palliative care continue to have medical issues which need to be addressed, such as symptom and pain management and medical surveillance. Palliative care emergencies may occur such as spinal cord compression, haemorrhage, SVC obstruction, hypercalcemia and delirium.

References
Mitchell GK, Reymond EJ, McGrath BPM. Palliative care: promoting general practice participation. MJA 2004;180(5):207-208.
Jacklyn C. The role of GPs in Palliative Care. Accessible at http://www.cancerwa.asn.au/resources/0806%20-%20Chris%20Jacklyn_Slides.pdf. Accessed 4 June, 2013.