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Ensuring Quality in Online Palliative Care Resources

Discipline of Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5042, Australia
Academic Editor: Gregory Crawford
Cancers 2016, 8(12), 113; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers8120113
Received: 11 October 2016 / Revised: 5 December 2016 / Accepted: 9 December 2016 / Published: 13 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue End-of-Life Cancer Care)
Evidence and information is an integral part of the processes enabling clinical and service delivery within health. It is used by health professionals in clinical practice and in developing their professional knowledge, by policy makers in decision making, and is sought by health consumers to help them manage their health needs and assess their options. Increasingly, this evidence and information is being disseminated and sought through online channels. The internet is fundamentally changing how health information is being distributed and accessed. Clinicians, patients, community members, and decision makers have an unprecedented capacity to find online information about palliative care and end-of-life care. However, it is clear that not all individuals have the skills to be able to find and assess the quality of the resources they need. There are also many issues in creating online resources that are current, relevant and authoritative for use by health professionals and by health consumers. This paper explores the processes and structures used in creating a major national palliative care knowledge resource, the CareSearch website, to meet the needs of health professionals and of patients and their families and carers. View Full-Text
Keywords: palliative care; end-of-life; knowledge translation; evidence-based practice palliative care; end-of-life; knowledge translation; evidence-based practice
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