The University of Newcastle, Australia

ARC DECRA funding success

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dr Amy Waller has been awarded more than $359,000 in ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funding commencing in 2015 for her research project Decision making in older people approaching the end of life.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

About the project

End of life care provides an ideal framework in which to explore the principle of individual autonomy and consumer decision making. Older people at a high risk of dying in 6 months will be recruited from acute care wards, and asked about preferences for involvement in end of life decision making in a standardised interview survey. Surrogate decision makers and physicians will be asked to answer the same questions from the patient's perspective (namely what they think the patient wants). Findings will suggest ways end of life care can be better tailored so that patients can participate in decisions and receive care that is consistent with their wishes.

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