Given the widespread use of mobile devices in our daily life, online resources of medical and nursing information meant for healthcare professionals have become very popular. However, as majority of these resources are reflective of a Western practice, some of the information has limited application in the local Singaporean context due to differences in patient profile (e.g. body size and physiology) and drug availability. This brought about the idea of an SG Pall eBook with information contextualised to the Singapore context, but equally applicable in the South East Asian region.
An anonymised needs assessment survey by LCPC in Singapore to determine the potential interest in an online repository of information revealed overwhelming support for such a tool, with 95% of 977 health care professionals surveyed confirming that they would use a mobile application providing palliative care information.
As a result, LCPC convened a workgroup of specialist palliative care professionals from different institutions in Singapore in 2015 to develop the content for the SG Pall eBook. This content is most appropriate for doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals, who encounter patients with palliative care needs in their practice, regardless of patients’ diagnoses. We are sincerely grateful to the team below for their assistance in developing the handbook. Collectively, everyone has strived to ensure the content is of high quality and reflective of current research and local practices at the time of publishing.