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Title: Caresearch: finding and evaluating Australia's missing palliative care literature
Authors: Tieman, Jennifer
Abernethy, Amy Pickar
Fazekas, Belinda Susan
Currow, David Christopher
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Tieman, J., Abernethy, A.P., Fazekas, B.S., & Currow, D.C., 2005. Caresearch: finding and evaluating Australia's missing palliative care literature. BMC Palliative Care, 4(4), 1-9.
Abstract: Background: Palliative care is an evolving specialty with a growing evidence base. However, evidence is less accessible than it could be with a lower than average conversion of conference abstracts to articles in peer-reviewed journals and the need for more accessible tools to support evidence-based practice (EBP) in palliative care. The CareSearch project involved identifying, collecting and evaluating Australia's "grey" palliative care literature and identifying international published literature missing from the electronic indexing systems. The literature was then catalogued and made publicly available through the CareSearch website. Results: To date over 2,500 items have been included in the CareSearch database and can be accessed and searched through a publicly available website. Nearly 2,000 items are conference abstracts and 178 are theses or government, organisational and planning documents. A further 410 items relate to articles from palliative journals that are not indexed on a major bibliographic database. The website also provides tools and facilities to support palliative care practice and research. Conclusion: CareSearch is a new evidence resource for palliative practitioners, educators and researchers. The palliative community now has access to a more comprehensive literature base as well as a resource that supports the integration of knowledge into practice. This specialised data repository enables users to access information on the body of work that has shaped palliative care development and prevents the potential loss or duplication of research work. It also provides a template for other emerging disciplines to use in capturing their literature and evidence.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/11923
ISSN: 1472-684X
Appears in Collections:Amy Abernethy
David Currow
1117 - Public Health and Health Services

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