Providing quality information for patients

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Relevant and trustworthy information can help palliative care patients
when making choices and decisions.
Different people have different information needs dependent upon
their experience, their understanding and their circumstance. Patients
and carers for example will require different information at different
stages of the disease trajectory.
Having trustworthy information can help to understand options,
informing patients in decision making. CareSearch aims to provide
relevant, timely information in a variety of formats.
Overseen by the CareSearch National Advisory Group some of whom
represent consumers, patient information and resources have been
created in multiple formats. This includes web pages, DVD’s,
brochures, downloadable pdf pages. Many of the pages have been
translated, and all have had readability scores performed to ensure
that they can be easily read and understood by the majority of people.
It has been shown that health professionals also use the webpages
and information in their clinical work, such as directing patients to
relevant information or printing it to initiate conversations. In 2010
over 40,000 free print resources were ordered by health professionals
with the intent to disseminate to patients and families.
Quality information that is available to read online or download has
the ability to help improve the knowledge and confidence of patients.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventCancer Nurses Society of Australia. 14th Winter Congress: Navigating the Complexities of Cancer Care - Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 21 Jul 201123 Jul 2011
Conference number: 14th (Conference program)


ConferenceCancer Nurses Society of Australia. 14th Winter Congress
Abbreviated titleCNSA
OtherThe CNSA is the peak professional body for cancer nurses in Australia and comprises a membership of 750 nurses across the country. The Society holds an annual Winter Congress which has become the major annual meeting for cancer nurses in Australia. The meeting is expected to attract over 500 delegates.

This year's theme will be "Navigating the Complexities of Cancer Care". The congress program will comprise Plenary and Concurrent sessions, Pre-Conference and Breakfast Workshops with proffered and invited presentations and poster contributions from delegates.
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