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released: 19 Oct 2011 author: AIHW media release

Trends in palliative care in Australian hospitals provides an overview of the nature and extent of palliative care separations in public and private hospitals across Australia for the 10-year period from 1999-00 to 2008-09. These separations may have occurred in a dedicated palliative care ward, a hospice or in other admitted patient beds in a hospital. The report indicates that there has been a substantial increase in the number of palliative care separations in admitted patient settings over time.

ISBN 978-1-74249-210-0; Cat. no. HWI 112; 100pp.; Internet only

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
      • Symbols
    • Executive summary
      • Over 50,000 palliative care separations in 2008–09
      • Substantial increase in palliative care separations over time
      • Increase in palliative care before death in hospital
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • What is palliative care?
        • Palliative care as defined in admitted patient data collections
      • Scope of this report
      • Structure of this report
      • National framework for palliative care
        • National Palliative Care Program
        • National Palliative Care Strategy
      • Data sources
      • Data interpretation
    • 2 Palliative care in 2008–09
      • How many palliative care separations were there?
      • Where was the palliative care provided?
        • Public versus private hospitals
        • Type of public hospital
      • How long did patients stay?
      • How much hospital care was provided in the patient's home?
    • 3 Patient characteristics in 2008–09
      • Who received palliative care?
        • Differences by Indigenous status
        • Differences by remoteness area
        • Differences by socioeconomic status
      • What was the diagnosis?
        • Diseases based on principal diagnosis
        • Diseases based on principal and additional diagnoses
        • Separations with cancer as a diagnosis
    • 4 Profile of palliative care separations in 2008–09
      • Setting before admission
      • What care was provided?
        • Medical, surgical or other care
        • Procedures
      • Who paid for the care?
      • How was the care completed?
    • 5 Trends in palliative care separations
      • Change over time in the amount of activity
      • Change over time by sector
      • Change over time by jurisdiction
      • Change over time in length of stay
    • 6 Palliative care and deaths in hospital
      • Place of death
      • Palliative care patients
      • Palliative care cancer patients
        • Differences by hospital characteristics
        • Differences by patient characteristics
          • Differences by sex
          • Differences by age
          • Differences by Indigenous status
          • Differences by remoteness area
          • Differences by socioeconomic status
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Additional tables
      • Appendix B: Identifying palliative care separations
        • 'Care type' data item
        • Diagnosis data items
        • Identifying palliative care separations
      • Appendix C: Data sources
        • National Hospital Morbidity Database
          • Episode-based data
          • Coverage
          • Standard admitted patient care data exclusions
          • Further information
        • National Public Hospital Establishments Database
        • Population data
        • Mortality data
      • Appendix D: Technical notes
        • Age-specific rates
        • Age-standardised rates
        • Descriptive analyses
        • Disease-related information
          • Disease information at the broad level
          • Disease information at the specific level
          • A principal diagnosis of Palliative care
        • Patient day statistics
        • Public hospital peer groups
        • Quality of Indigenous status data
        • State and territory data
      • Appendix E: Classifications
        • Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI)
        • Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) classification
        • Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Areas
        • Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage
        • International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)
          • ICD-10-AM
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Trends in palliative care in Australian hospitals. Cat. no. HWI 112. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 2 September 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420167>.