An online Allied Health Palliative Care resource

Deb Rawlings1, Jennifer Tieman2

1Palliative & Supportive Services, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, 5001 South Australia deborah.rawlings@flinders.edu.au
2Palliative & Supportive Services, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, 5001 South Australia Jennifer.tieman@flinders.edu.au

Background

CareSearch is an online evidence – based palliative care resource. It features an Allied health ‘Hub’ to recognise their vital role within multidisciplinary care. Hubs consolidate the knowledge base/practice issues for those involved in seeing people with palliative care needs. It provides easily accessible information for Allied Health Professionals that can help empower, motivate and educate in palliative care.

Methods

An advisory group supports ongoing development, providing feedback on the content, design and organisation of the hub as well as user testing. Pages are created within a knowledge translation framework and include summaries of the issues as well as practical resources that include DVDs, policy documents and weblinks. There are sections on clinical considerations, education, areas of practice, quality policy standards, interdisciplinary teams, and working with patients and consumers. There are also pages for consumers on the roles of allied health professionals.  Each page is peer reviewed.

In addition, there are PubMed topic searches specific to Allied Health, each featured discipline and to rural and remote issues.

Results

The Allied Health hub had 164,000 page views in the 2 years to November 2015.

Each member of the advisory group leads an edition of the bi-monthly newsletter focusing on their discipline. This includes a case story and a profile of someone working in palliative care. There are over 1,000 subscribers to this.

Discussion

CareSearch contributes to increasing the evidence base for palliative care for those working in Allied health with rigorous developmental processes to ensure currency and appropriateness of information.

Biography

Deb’s background is in Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing both in the UK and Australia. Deb is a lecturer in Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University and also works as a research fellow on CareSearch an evidence based website.