When an illness cannot be cured and death will follow at some point, the focus of care changes to helping people have the best quality of life possible while managing their symptoms. Palliative care maintains quality of life by addressing physical symptoms such as pain or nausea as well as helping with emotional, spiritual, and social needs. Having trustworthy information to support decision-making at this time is important.
CareSearch provides evidence based information for health professionals and for the people who need palliative care. All content is open access. Because the needs and responsibilities across the community are likely to differ there are also specific sections written for patients and families, GPs, nurses, and allied health professionals. To provide additional support for those caring for older people we also maintain and manage the palliAGED website.
The information held on the CareSearch website has been developed and reviewed by Australian health professionals to ensure its quality and relevance. As a web-based resource, the CareSearch materials are there when they are needed.
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, CareSearch was developed by the CareSearch Project Team www.caresearch.com.au at Flinders University, South Australia. They have been providing evidence based information on palliative care for the Australian community since 2008.