Deborah Jane Dudgeon

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PURPOSE In 1998, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published a special article regarding palliative care and companion recommendations. Herein we summarize the major accomplishments of ASCO regarding palliative cancer and highlight current needs and make recommendations to realize the Society's vision of comprehensive cancer care by 2020. (More)
We studied family members' care experiences during the palliative care phase as predictors of family members' health and family functioning during the palliative care phase and three months following the death of the patient. Eighty family members of advanced cancer patients participated in the study at time one (T1) (palliative care phase) and 64 family(More)
A short form of the McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ) was previously developed. It was found to correlate highly with and demonstrate differences due to treatment in a manner similar to the long form of the McGill Pain Questionnaire (LF-MPQ). The LF-MPQ was previously found to be a valid measurement of pain in the cancer population. The present study(More)
BACKGROUND For patients dying of cancer, a visit to the emergency department can be disruptive, distressing and exhausting. Such visits made near the end of life are considered an indicator of poor-quality cancer care. We describe the most common reasons for visits made to the emergency department during the final six months of life and the final two weeks(More)
Optimal management of dyspnea in terminal cancer patients requires an understanding of the responsible pathophysiological mechanisms. This prospective study assessed visual analogue scales (VAS) of shortness of breath (SOB) and anxiety, bedside spirometry, maximum inspiratory pressure (MIP), chest radiography, arterial blood gases, hemoglobin, and(More)
BACKGROUND For ambulatory cancer patients, Ontario has standardized symptom and performance status assessment population-wide, using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) and Palliative Performance Scale (PPS). In a broad cross-section of cancer outpatients, the authors describe the ESAS and PPS scores and their relation to patient characteristics.(More)
To ensure quality of care, palliative care programs need to document the effectiveness of their relief of physical and psychological distress. The Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) is a validated, reliable instrument developed to measure 9 different symptoms in palliative care patients. To see if symptom management could be compared across(More)
Ontario, a Canadian province, identified the lack of coordination, integration, and consistency of end-of-life care services as barriers to quality palliative care. To address these barriers, various governmental, organizational, and community-level initiatives were implemented. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care enacted an End-of-Life Care Strategy(More)
Little is known about the needs of adolescents of women with breast cancer. The purpose of this study was to describe the perceptions of adolescents (ages 12-20) about the role of the school in assisting them in dealing with the cancer experience. An exploratory, qualitative study was done to elicit detailed descriptions of adolescent's needs for(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Since 2007 in Ontario, Canada, the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System has been routinely used for cancer outpatients. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between individual patient symptoms and symptom severity, with the likelihood of an emergency department (ED) visit. METHODS The cohort included all cancer patients(More)