The Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) is a national program that utilises standardised clinical assessment tools to measure and benchmark patient outcomes in palliative care. Participation in PCOC is voluntary and can assist palliative care service providers to improve practice. This is achieved via the PCOC patient outcome improvement framework which is designed to:
- provide clinicians with the tools to systematically assess individual patient experiences using validated clinical assessment tools,
- define a common clinical language between palliative care providers to support assessment and care planning,
- facilitate the routine collection of national palliative care data to drive quality improvement through reporting and benchmarking,
- provide regular patient outcomes reports and workshops to facilitate service-to-service benchmarking, and
- support research using the PCOC longitudinal database.
The PCOC data set includes the clinical assessment tools: Palliative Care Phase, Palliative Care Problem Severity Score (PCPSS), Symptom Assessment Scale (SAS), Australia-modified Karnofsky Performance Status (AKPS) Scale and Resource Utilisation Groups – Activities of Daily Living (RUG-ADL).
Participation in PCOC can also provide evidence for organisations and palliative care services to meet core actions in the NSQHS standards.