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The Commission has identified a set of six essential elements for comprehensive care delivery, which represent different stages or processes that a patient may experience when clinical care is delivered. Whereas the conceptual model provides an organisational perspective of comprehensive care, the essential elements for comprehensive care delivery integrate these organisational pre-requisites with the clinical processes required to care for individual patients. The essential elements are:

The figure shows how these six elements interact.

The elements are described in detail in Implementing Comprehensive care – Essential Elements – Accessibility PDF

Resources to support the essential elements for comprehensive care delivery

The Commission is developing resources to support each essential element.

Element 2: Identifying Goals of Care

 

Understanding a patient’s values, and their expectations and aspirations for their health and well-being helps to establish their goals of care and contributes to everyone’s understanding of the actions to be taken. A paper and some short tip sheets have been developed to describe processes for identifying goals of care.

Implementing the Comprehensive Care Standard: Identifying goals of care – Accessibility (PDF, 1.32 MB)

Identifying goals of care: Tip sheet for clinicians – Accessibility (PDF, 270 KB)

Identifying goals of care: Tip sheet for consumers – Accessibility (PDF, 234 KB)

Element 3: Risk screening and assessment

 

A paper has been developed to describe the current situation with risk screening and assessment, and proposes strategies that could be adopted specifically to support improvements to screening processes and approaches within health services.

Implementing Comprehensive Care – Approaches to person-centred risk screening – Accessibility PDF