Palliative Care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional or spiritual and assists with any social or practical issues for patients, families and carers.
Most people are not in severe pain in the last stage of their life – our evidence shows that pain and other symptoms actually improve as people move closer to death.
PCOC is the national evidence hub on patients’ daily pain and symptom outcomes in Australia. Outcome information on more than 250,000 people is used to assess the effectiveness of palliative care over the last decade. The information produced by PCOC is used by clinicians and by local, state and national providers of palliative care to continually improve care for patients and their families.
Every patient has the right to effective treatment and management for pain and symptoms. PCOC uses five clinical assessment tools to help identify and manage these common symptoms. The tools also allow the effectiveness of treatments to be evaluated and, importantly, they help patients, carers and families to communicate their experiences and preferences with their clinicians.