Predicting death

Can death from chronic life limiting illnesses be predicted?

Palliative care cannot be provided appropriately if patients are not identified as having a life limiting illness. The challenge is to ensure that the people who may die in the foreseeable future are identified so that planning can take place. This study will test the ability of GPs to predict which patients will die within twelve months, with and without clinical guidelines. Once a person is identified as being at risk of dying, their needs specific to end of life care, and specific to their medical condition can be addressed.

Current status:

Funded, completed

Recent publications:

Using intuition or a formal palliative care needs assessment screening process in general practice to predict death within 12 months: A randomised controlled trial

For more information contact:

Chief Investigator Joel Rhee, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales (, +61 2 9385 3502)