A new study has shed light on critical areas for improvement in the delivery of palliative care, particularly among rural nurses.

A team of researchers led by La Trobe University’s Associate Professor Dr Hanan Khalil developed a questionnaire to identify strengths and gaps in rural nurses’ knowledge of community-based palliative care in Victoria’s Gippsland region.

“The study highlighted that a third of the rural nurses surveyed lacked knowledge in managing pain using opioids, managing delirium and the management of rare emergency situations within palliative care,” Dr Khalil said.

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