Development and preliminary evaluation of a question prompt sheet for palliative care patients and their carers

This project developed a question prompt list (QPL) for people referred for palliative care. The list is based on data derived from focus groups and telephone interviews with people receiving palliative care, their carers, and palliative care health professionals. The QPL endorses question asking and lists questions under categories. A randomized controlled trial of the QPL showed significant effects on patient and carer question asking and information provided, with no attendant increase in anxiety or decrease in satisfaction.

Investigators: Josephine Clayton, Phyllis Butow, Richard Chye, Martin Tattersall.

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