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Palliative care phase code N

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term639015
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Not progressed 17/07/2017
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 03/11/2016
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A code set representing the phases of palliative care.

Representational attributes

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Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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9Not reported

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The palliative care phase is the stage of the palliative care patient’s illness.

CODE 1   Stable

Patient problems and symptoms are adequately controlled by established plan of care and

  • Further interventions to maintain symptom control and quality of life have been planned and
  • Family/carer situation is relatively stable and no new issues are apparent.

CODE 2   Unstable

An urgent change in the plan of emergency treatment is required because

  • Patient experiences a new problem that was not anticipated in the existing plan of care, and/or
  • Patient experiences a rapid increase in the severity of a current problem; and/or
  • Family/ carers circumstances change suddenly impacting on patient care.

CODE 3   Deteriorating

The care plan is addressing anticipated needs but requires periodic review because

  • Patients overall functional status is declining and
  • Patient experiences a gradual worsening of existing problem and/or
  • Patient experiences a new but anticipated problem and/or
  • Family/carers experience gradual worsening distress that impacts on the patient care.

CODE 4   Terminal

Death is likely within days.

CODE 9   Not reported

The phase of the illness has not been reported.

Palliative care phases are not sequential and a patient may move back and forth between phases. Palliative care phases provide a clinical indication of the type of care required and have been shown to correlate strongly with survival within longitudinal prospective studies.

Source and reference attributes

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Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration 2014. Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration Clinical Manual. Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Sydney. Viewed 19 May 2016,


Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Palliative care phase code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 19/05/2020, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 18/01/2018

Supersedes Palliative care phase code N Health, Standard 11/04/2014, Tasmanian Health, Archived 19/05/2020, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 03/11/2016

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Episode of admitted patient care—palliative care phase, code N Health, Not progressed 17/07/2017
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 03/11/2016

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