Searchable Title

Indicators Set for the Organisation of Palliative Care (appears in: Development of a Set of Process and Structure Indicators for Palliative Care: The Europall Project.) Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Woitha, Kathrin; Van Beek, Karen; Ahmed, Nisar; Hasselaar, Jeroen; Mollard, Jean-Marc; Colombet, Isabelle; Radbruch, Lukas; Vissers, Kris; Engels, Yvonne

Title, Section

Indicators Set for the Organisation of Palliative Care (appears in: Development of a Set of Process and Structure Indicators for Palliative Care: The Europall Project.) Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year

2012

Journal Title

BMC Health Services Research

Volume

12

Issue

Nov. 2

Pages

381

Availability

online

PMID

PMID: 23122255

DOI

10.1186/1472-6963-12-381

Abstract

BACKGROUND: By measuring the quality of the organisation of palliative care with process and structure quality indicators (QIs), patients, caregivers and policy makers are able to monitor to what extent recommendations are met, like those of the council of the WHO on palliative care and guidelines. This will support the implementation of public programmes, and will enable comparisons between organisations or countries. METHODS: As no European set of indicators for the organisation of palliative care existed, such a set of QIs was developed. An update of a previous systematic review was made and extended with more databases and grey literature. In two project meetings with practitioners and experts in palliative care the development process of a QI set was finalised and the QIs were categorized in a framework, covering the recommendations of the Council of Europe. RESULTS: The searches resulted in 151 structure and process indicators, which were discussed in steering group meetings. Of those QIs, 110 were eligible for the final framework. CONCLUSIONS: We developed the first set of QIs for the organisation of palliative care. This article is the first step in a multi step project to identify, validate and pilot QIs.

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