Health service organisations can use the audit tool and surveys together to provide a complete picture of end-of-life care at their site.
The end-of-life care audit tool supports collection of data from clinical records to provide a picture of current end-of-life processes within a hospital. The tool can be used to conduct a regular audit (for example, monthly, quarterly or annually), or be used to input data on a continuous basis, which can then be analysed regularly.
The clinician survey explores the perceptions of consultants, nursing staff, junior clinicians and allied health workers to end-of-life care. The data from both the audit tool and the clinician survey can be used comparatively to evaluate whether perceptions of care differ from the level of actual care provided.
The hospital information survey helps to set the context of the data by establishing hospital demographics.