Saturday, September 13, 2014

Position Statement on End of Life Care and Advance Care Planning 2014

Australia Medical Association (AMA)

Position Statement on End of Life Care and Advance Care Planning 2014


Australia Medical Association (AMA)

Position Statement on End of Life Care and Advance Care Planning 2014

Preamble

The primary role of the doctor (medical practitioner) in end of life care is to facilitate the provision of god quality patient-centered care that emphasizes continuous, open, informed communication and collaboration between the patient, the health care team, and, where appropriate, the patient’s carers, family members and/or substitute decision-maker.

Good quality end of life care should:


  • Ensure the patient is always treated as an individual, with respect, dignity and compassion in a cultural sensitive manner;
  • Endeavor to met he patient’s care needs and uphold their care preferences which should guide decision-making and planing
  • Strive to ensure that he patient is free from suffering;
  • Endeavor to facilitate care in the patient’s environment of choice, where practical, recognizing that a patient’s health care needs may change in the course of their condition;
  • Ensure that he patient’s goals and values for end of life care are respected;
  • Respect he patient’s privacy and confidentiality, even after death
  • Support not only the physical needs of the patient but also the psychological, emotional, religious and spiritual needs of the patient and their family members and carers;
  • Empower patients and, where appropriate, their family members and carers to participate in managing their treatment;
  • Provide counseling and other support of patients, their family members and carers throughout he patient’s condition, including support for family members and carers beyond the patient’s death;
  • Ensure patients and their family members and carers have access to good quality palliative care resources such as educational materials as well as physical aids in a timely, easily accessible and coordinated manner
  • Recognize the role of doctors, allied health care professionals, carers and the wider community in working together to met the needs of patients;
  • Facilitate continuity and coordination of care within and between medical, health and community services including when the patient transitions from medical care that is primarily focused on curative treatments to care that is focused on palliative treatments.

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