An exploration of the experience of care at the end of life for patients with a history of illicit drug use: A qualitative medical record review

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research
Department / Centre
St Vincent's Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Jennifer Philip 439325954
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anna Collins

Summary People with a current or past history of illicit drug use who are receiving palliative and end of life care have unique and significant care needs, including managing symptoms, particularly pain, finding an appropriate setting for healthcare delivery, managing concurrent physical and psychological comorbidity, which can be concealed by ongoing drug use, and navigating complex psycho-social circumstances. We have a program of work examining the end of life care of this patient cohort, with mixed methods data collection from patients and health care professionals. We are seeking to add a qualitative medical record review to provide an additional dimension to facilitate understanding and improve care.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Ageing

Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research
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Department / Centre


Research Node

St Vincent's Hospital

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