Article Title

Exploring the practice nurse role in palliative care

Abstract

Globally, chronic diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Despite the challenges associated with prognostication, in Australia 75% of the 144 000 annual deaths are expected or anticipated.1 Some of those who die will be people who have been reviewed by their general practitioner (GP) in the weeks or months preceding their death. People living with an eventual fatal illness often experience distressing physical and psychological symptoms, frequently on a daily basis and usually long before they die.2,3