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First data from the Palliative Care assessment

The interRAI Palliative Care assessment offers another option for assessing people living in the community with a terminal condition or prognosis. With the introduction of the new instrument, home care assessors in New Zealand can now choose from four interRAI assessments, depending on the complexity of the individual client.

 

3 in 4 Palliative Care assessments were completed for people aged 70+.

1 in 8 assessments are for people with less than six weeks to live.

Top areas for intervention are fatigue, nutrition and dyspnoea (shortness of breath).


Psychosocial well-being

In 70% of assessments clients reported a sense of completion of responsibilities.

In 75% of assessments clients were accepting their situation.

Over half (54%) of assessed people were at peace with life.


Responsibilities and directives

In 70% of assessments clients reported having an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) in place.

In 14% of assessments clients had an Advance care plan.


Social support

In the majority of assessments (92%) clients reported having a strong and supportive relationship with family.

In 3 out of 5 Palliative Care assessments clients reported that their family was spending more than four hours a day with them.


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