GP palliative care support needs assessment - a joint survey from the SWSPHN Peace of Mind project and SWSLHD Palliative Care

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The South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) Peace Of Mind Project (POMP), is working to improve the end of life journey for people with dementia through greater access to palliative care. GPs (General Practitioners) play a fundamental role in the care of people with dementia from before diagnosis to end-of-life.

As part of the National Palliative Care Strategy of 2010, researchers undertook a national on-line survey of 1000 Australian GPs. The survey tested quantitatively themes that had been gathered through qualitative interviews, discussions, and panels during 2016 field work. The aim had been to understand GPs awareness, knowledge, and attitudes about advance care planning (ACP), palliative care (PC) and end-of-life care (EoLC). It was found that nearly two thirds of the GPs were interested in PC and were segmented into four groups, PC Experts (25%), PC Aspirers (39%), PC Indifferent (23%) and PC Avoiders (14%) as shown in the figure at question 2. Each of the four segments vary in the support they need or the support they are able to provide to their peers.

SWSLHD (South Western Sydney Local Health District) Palliative Care Service and the SWSPHN (South Western Sydney Primary Health Network) Peace of Mind project seek to understand:

  1. If the four segments described are representative of south western Sydney General Practitioners (SWSGPs),

  1. The current experience of SWSGPs in providing PC, and,

  1. The broad types of support GPs need to deliver best practice palliative in a range of primary care contexts.

The findings of this survey will be used to inform further discussions and co-design of practical solutions at forums with GPs early in the second half of 2022.

We thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at one of our co-design forums.

Please complete this survey by Friday, 30 April 2022.

The South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) Peace Of Mind Project (POMP), is working to improve the end of life journey for people with dementia through greater access to palliative care. GPs (General Practitioners) play a fundamental role in the care of people with dementia from before diagnosis to end-of-life.

As part of the National Palliative Care Strategy of 2010, researchers undertook a national on-line survey of 1000 Australian GPs. The survey tested quantitatively themes that had been gathered through qualitative interviews, discussions, and panels during 2016 field work. The aim had been to understand GPs awareness, knowledge, and attitudes about advance care planning (ACP), palliative care (PC) and end-of-life care (EoLC). It was found that nearly two thirds of the GPs were interested in PC and were segmented into four groups, PC Experts (25%), PC Aspirers (39%), PC Indifferent (23%) and PC Avoiders (14%) as shown in the figure at question 2. Each of the four segments vary in the support they need or the support they are able to provide to their peers.

SWSLHD (South Western Sydney Local Health District) Palliative Care Service and the SWSPHN (South Western Sydney Primary Health Network) Peace of Mind project seek to understand:

  1. If the four segments described are representative of south western Sydney General Practitioners (SWSGPs),

  1. The current experience of SWSGPs in providing PC, and,

  1. The broad types of support GPs need to deliver best practice palliative in a range of primary care contexts.

The findings of this survey will be used to inform further discussions and co-design of practical solutions at forums with GPs early in the second half of 2022.

We thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at one of our co-design forums.

Please complete this survey by Friday, 30 April 2022.

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