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POS impacts on quality

A recent report, authored by Olivia Dix (2012), shows that POS has had an impact on the delivery of quality hospice care in Africa and has helped patients and families with regards to accessing holistic palliative care throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Although palliative care is growing fast as a discipline in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is still relatively in its infancy, with patchy coverage except in South Africa.

POS, developed in 1999 by Professor Irene Higginson (Head of the Department of Palliative Care and Director of Cicely Saunders Institute, King ’s College London) and colleagues, has become one of the most widely used outcome measures in palliative care. The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) POS was adapted for African use from the original POS, through a multi-dimensional and team process, led by Dr Richard Harding of King’s College Department of Palliative Care, in close collaboration with APCA. This report highlights the collaborative approach pioneered by KCL in order to aid outcomes of great societal benefit in countries outside of the region of Europe.

Report: "Impact of the APCA African Palliative Outcome Scale (POS) on care and practice", by Olivia Dix, November 2012 (PDF)

Further information about the POS.