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The Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) was established in 2005 to provide a framework for routine clinical assessments and point-of-care data collection with the intent of capturing clinically meaningful information at significant periods in a patient's disease progression. The program aims to drive improvement through providing feedback to individual services and providing service-to-service benchmarking.
The information presented in this section refers to palliative care service data reported to PCOC for the 1 January to 31 December 2015 period. Three levels of PCOC data items are presented here: patient level, episode level and phase level care data. The items included in the PCOC data set serve the purpose:
As participation in PCOC is voluntary, the data presented in this section capture a subset of all palliative care services delivered in Australia in 2015. For further information about PCOC, see Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration website.
This information was last updated in October 2016.
In 2015, about 36,300 patients accessed palliative care services from 104 PCOC participating palliative care providers, an increase of 10.8% from 2014. In 2015, there were about 48,300 episodes of care reported to the PCOC, of which just over half (52.3%) were inpatient episodes. There was an average of 1.3 episodes per patient.
The information provided on total number of days for episodes of care is categorised by 2 broad types of care—inpatient and community care. It should be noted that the number of patients reported to the PCOC refers to patients who may receive services both within the inpatient and community settings. Hence, the same patient can have an inpatient episode and then subsequent community episodes and may be counted for both service settings.
Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) 2012. PCOC Version 3.0 Dataset: data dictionary and technical guidelines. Wollongong: University of Wollongong. Viewed 13 May 2016.
Palliative care Australia
Department of Health—palliative care