The Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) is the national evidence hub on patients’ daily pain and symptom outcomes in Australia.
PCOC holds information on more than 250,000 people, which is used to assess the effectiveness of palliative care over the last decade. PCOC helps translate knowledge into practice. The collaborative publishes research that advances outcomes in palliative care, helping to shape policy and achieve systems-level change for the benefit of patients and their carers. PCOC drives continuous improvement by providing outcome information to clinicians, and local, state and national providers of palliative care. PCOC help shapes the conversation surrounding palliative care with clinicians, policy makers, peak bodies and consumers.
Every patient has the right to effective treatment and management of pain and symptoms. To this end, PCOC uses five clinical assessment tools to help identify and manage these common symptoms. The tools allow for the effectiveness of treatments to be evaluated and, importantly, they help patients, carers and families to communicate their experiences and preferences.
As we look to the future of palliative care, PCOC will continue to work to improve outcomes for patients, families and carers and proudly operate as a key contributor to the conversation surrounding palliative care. PCOC remains firmly committed to advancing specialist palliative care, and it is broadening its scope through collecting information on palliative care patients in other settings and within different subgroups. PCOC collaborates internationally, helping to advance palliative care practice, science and policy globally.
PCOC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is managed by a collaboration of four universities led by the University of Wollongong’s Australian Health Services Research Institute.