Guidance and Research - Allied Health

Guidance and Research

Provides a place for you to easily find best-practice guidelines and evidence to support palliative care of older adults, either at home or in residential aged care. Links are provided below to help navigate you to discipline specific pages,and search for current evidence and practice ready evidence for palliative care and aged care.

Discipline specific evidence

Find evidence, guidelines, tools and resources to support evidence-based best practice in your disciplicine.

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General guidance

Palliative care is a rapidly evolving practice area. An evidence-based approach is one that responds to clinical and service-related questions by examining what quality evidence there is to inform decision making. Allied health professionals are bound to be evidence-based in their practice. Using evidence can help you deliver the best possible standard of care, be confident in the care you are providing, and meet professional standards and competencies.

Searching for evidence

An evidence-based approach to healthcare is essential in ensuring older adults receive the best possible care and quality of life. While best practice guidelines often summarise landmark studies for practical application, you may like to explore emerging evidence yourself. CareSearch has developed an ‘allied health’ search tool designed to support even a novice researcher in identifying allied health research, which can be refined to be specific to discipline, focus area and key words in a simple online form. Try the Allied Health Search tool now.

Practise Ready Evidence

CareSearch has appraised and summarised evidence to be ‘practise ready’ in palliative care more broadly. In this link you can find clinical evidence summaries on the following topics that might be useful:

  • Symptoms such as constipation, poor appetite, nausea, sleeping problems
  • Management of fatigue and depression
  • Advanced dementia and delirium.

Page updated 1 May 2023