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CONTEXT The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) measures the severity of nine symptoms. Constipation and sleep disturbance are common in patients with cancer, but are not currently included in the ESAS. OBJECTIVES To validate the numerical rating scale (NRS) versions of ESAS and its revised version (ESAS-r), with the additional symptoms of(More)
Several recently published randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the benefits of early palliative care involvement for patients with advanced cancer. In the oncology outpatient setting, palliative care clinics are an ideal site for the provision of early, collaborative support, which can be maintained throughout the cancer trajectory. Despite this,(More)
BACKGROUND Early palliative care improves quality of life and satisfaction with care and is increasingly endorsed for patients with advanced cancer. However, little is known about the experience of receiving early palliative care from a patient and caregiver perspective. AIM The aim of this qualitative study was to determine, from a participant(More)
INTRODUCTION Early integration of palliative care alongside oncology is being increasingly recommended, although the strategies and models for integration remain poorly defined. We solicited the opinions of patients and caregivers who participated in a randomized trial of early palliative care versus standard oncology care, regarding the respective roles of(More)
66 Background: Performance status (PS) scores are generally completed by physicians, although patient PS measures are increasingly available. The objective of this study was to assess agreement between physician-recorded Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) PS and a patient-rated measure of performance status based on the ECOG measure in an outpatient(More)
157 Background: Early palliative care referral can improve quality of life and satisfaction with care, and is increasingly encouraged. However, little is known about patients' and caregivers' attitudes towards early referral. We conducted qualitative interviews seeking the opinions of advanced cancer patients (who had been randomized to an early palliative(More)
Background Early palliative care improves the quality of life (QoL) and satisfaction with care of patients with advanced cancer, but little is known about its effect on caregivers. Here, we report outcomes of caregiver satisfaction with care and QoL from a trial of early palliative care. Patients and methods Twenty-four medical oncology clinics were(More)
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