Published2nd February 2016
The Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) is a national programme based in Australia that uses standardised clinical assessment tools to measure and benchmark patient outcomes in palliative care. It is hosted by the University of Wollongong and over 100 community services, non-government organisations, general hospitals and private hospitals who provide palliative care participate on a voluntary basis. Services submit data to PCOC and in return get a report of their analysed data, also set against benchmarks from the national dataset. The PCOC team also visits users every 6 months and run annual benchmarking workshops, where services network with each other, discuss benchmarking data and share ideas for quality improvement. PCOC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.