Care Plus Study

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Pancreatic

Patients with incurable disease

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Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Upper GI

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Multiple Myeloma

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DLBCL

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A multi-site implementation of early palliative care in routine practice to improve health outcomes and reduce hospital admissions

for people with advanced cancer.

Significant international evidence suggests that when people with cancer access early palliative care at key ‘transition points’ in their illness in addition to their usual care, they describe having fewer symptoms and better quality of life. They also feel more supported and their families also feel more supported. We are seeking to introduce practice change into the health system based on this evidence, which involves standardising early palliative care (Care Plus) at established transition points for patients with advanced cancer. 


The Primary outcome is to reduce acute hospitalisation days in the last three months of life for people with advanced cancer. 


By implementing Care Plus for people with cancer across a series of hospitals, we will reduce the variability and increase the equitable access to best evidence based care.

 

This initiative is part of the an NHMRC-MRFF Grant and the key contacts for this project are as follows:


Co-ordinating Principal Investigator:Jennifer Philip jphilip@unimelb.edu.au

Study Co-ordinator: Farwa Rizvi farwa.rizvi@unimelb.edu.au

Study Co-ordinator: Kylee Bellingham kylee.bellingham@unimelb.edu.au

Angela Chia angela.chia@petermac.org

Lucy Demediuk lucy.demediuk@petermac.org

Care Plus Tumour Streams listed to the left and links to Resources below.