Carmen H M Houben

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OBJECTIVE To systematically review the efficacy of advance care planning (ACP) interventions in different adult patient populations. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analyses. DATA SOURCES Medline/PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (1966 to September 2013), and reference lists. STUDY SELECTION Randomized controlled trials that(More)
CONTEXT Patient-clinician communication is an important prerequisite to delivering high-quality end-of-life care. However, discussions about end-of-life care are uncommon in patients with advanced chronic organ failure. OBJECTIVES The aim was to examine the quality of end-of-life care communication during one year follow-up of patients with advanced(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent research shows that advance care planning (ACP) for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is uncommon and poorly carried out. The aim of the present study was to explore whether and to what extent structured ACP by a trained nurse, in collaboration with the chest physician, can improve outcomes in Dutch patients with(More)
BACKGROUND For optimal end-of-life decision-making, it is important to understand the stability of patients' treatment preferences. The aim of this paper is to examine the stability of willingness to accept life-sustaining treatments during 1-year follow-up in Dutch patients with advanced chronic organ failure. In addition, we want to explore the(More)
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