This study aimed to determine the level of participation of Australian urban GPs in palliative care, and the main barriers facing them in providing this care.

Project Status

Completed Projects

Chief Investigators

Joel Rhee, Nick Zwar, Sanjyot Vagholkar, Sarah Dennis, Andrew Broadbent, Geoff Mitchell

Rationale

General Practitioners are ideally placed to provide support and medical care to patients with a terminal illness. However anecdotally and based on studies conducted in Australia and overseas, it seems that only a limited number of GPs are involved in providing palliative care and that the extent of their involvement is variable. The reason behind this is not well known.

Aim

This study aimed to determine the level of participation of Australian urban GPs in palliative care, and the main barriers facing them in providing this care.

Design and Method

The study was conducted as a cross-sectional postal survey of a random sample of 500 GPs from south-western and northern regions of Sydney between March and May 2007.

Main outcome measures included GPs' involvement in palliative care; personal and professional characteristics of the GPs related to the provision of palliative care; GPs' views on barriers to their involvement in palliative care; GPs' confidence levels across different issues in palliative medicine.

Key Publications

Rhee J, Zwar NA, Vagholkar S, Dennis S, Broadbent A, Mitchell G. Attitudes and barriers to involvement in Palliative Care by Australian urban General Practitioners. Journal of Palliative Medicine. In press 2008.

Contact

Dr Joel Rhee Email: j.rhee@UNSWalumni.com

Key Partners

Fairfield Hospital GP Unit, Hope Healthcare

Funding

GPET Registrar Research Fund

Project lead centre
GPU
Project stream
Prevention and Management of Long Term Conditions
Project start date
2007
Project end date
2007