Reports produced by PCOC help inform service, policy and program developments in palliative care

The information collected in PCOC reports represent the real-life outcomes of tens of thousands of people who die every year, and the commitment of the services and individuals who collaborate to improve these outcomes. This makes the reports valuable resources to help drive quality improvements in care, and to inform service, policy and program developments. The reports are used by staff within services, and by local, state and national providers of palliative care.

Patient outcomes reports

Patient outcome reports help drive improvements in outcomes in patients and families and palliative care service innovation. 

Profile reports

Profile reports help identify the profile of those in the care of services, who may benefit from palliative care, and changes in their needs over time. They provide a high-level profile of thousands of patients who received palliative care during the last six-month period, and had their pain, symptom, family / carer and psychological / spiritual problems assessed as part of routine clinical care.

Special feature reports

Special feature reports provide a summary of 12-monthly snapshots of PCOC’s patient outcomes data collection. The reports include a summary of the achievements against PCOC benchmark measures. They also provide a demographic and clinical overview of the patients receiving care in the locality.

National trends-over-time report

The helicopter report (PDF) provides a high-level summary of key patient outcomes, and highlights the improvements achieved by participating palliative care services over the span of more than a decade.

Reports from Australia are available via our website. Each individual PCOC service has password-protected access to their own service reports. National, state and territory, and service-level patient and profile reports are produced twice a year. Whilst there are services that participate in PCOC that are located in the Northern Territory (NT) and Tasmania, in order to ensure confidentiality PCOC does not release reports for the NT and Tasmania due to the small number of services that submit data. Reports for territories in Australia other than these are not produced. Contact PCOC for any questions regarding reports that refer to localities. PCOC's collaborations are international in scope, and in time, countries such as Australia that has a national outcomes PCOC program, will be able to benchmark palliative care outcomes internationally.

National benchmarking is also core to the outcomes program. PCOC’s approach to benchmarking helps support services to come together to form a community of practice. PCOC’s benchmarking supports services in identifying what works in clinical practice and sharing these innovations for the benefit of patients and their carers. There are twenty national benchmarks. Each benchmark was established in consultation with the palliative care sector. Download the Guide to National Outcome Measures and Benchmarks (pdf)

PCOC reports in Australia

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Download the List of services Jan - Jun 2016 (pdf)

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Download the Key messages Jan - Jun 2015 (pdf)

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PCOC is a national palliative care project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.