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Documenting clinical care in a standardised way ensures the multidisciplinary healthcare team have common benchmarks to identify critical points along the journey and to monitor progress. Clinical tools assist in reliable assessment and interpretation of clinical information; supporting the decision-making process.
Ensuring consistency across the ELDAC project, the toolkit developers have identified twelve clinical tools which are common to most. Consistency in the use of clinical tools across settings, as recommended by ELDAC, decreases complexity and variation for health and aged care teams; regardless of where they are caring for the older person be it in home care, primary care or in a residential aged care home.
Where organisations already recommend a set of preferred clinical tools, the ELDAC common clinical tools should be seen as complementing these.
Page updated 24 September 2019