There is a lack of evidence about the use of medicines in palliative care, according to a new report developed by the National Prescribing Service and Palliative Care Australia.
The report calls for a set of protocols for consumers and carers to assist with the administration of potent medicines in the home.
It also highlights the need for a consistent educative framework for all healthcare professionals involved in palliative care.
The report was based on a series of consultations with a wide range of health professionals and consumers, which were conducted by NPS in mid-2008.
Its recommendations are based on the principles of judicious choice of management options, appropriate choice of medicines and safe and effective use.
As well as calling for improvements in education and training, the report recommends further strategic research, evaluation and routine data collection.
NPS is seeking responses and comments from a wide range of health professionals and interest groups by Wednesday, 20 May 2009.
Electronic responses can be sent to: email@example.com
Written responses can be mailed to: Aine Heaney, National Prescribing Service Limited,
PO Box 1147, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2012.
The final report is due to be completed in June 2009.