E. H. Butters

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This study aimed to define and prioritize the need for specialist palliative care (SPC) in cancer outpatient clinics. A validated assessment tool, the Symptoms and Concerns Checklist, was used to determine the prevalence and severity of symptoms and concerns. The checklist was completed by 480 outpatients with a cancer diagnosis. Sixty patients from each of(More)
A major focus of current health policy in the United Kingdom is the development of services that meet the public's expectations. To achieve this there is a need to evaluate current provision to ensure that the best use is made of finite resources. The study reported here adopted an interview approach to examine an existing outpatient chemotherapy service,(More)
This study compared the views of palliative care reported by patients, informal carers and the Community Care Team (CCT), a multidisciplinary team caring for people with late stage HIV/AIDS illness. Patients and their carers were interviewed at home, 3-4 weeks after referral to CCT. They rated nine items of the Support Team Assessment Schedule (STAS), a(More)
Six home care services in Southern Ireland collected data on a total of 757 patients over a 6-month period. Patient and family well-being were measured using the staff-rated Support Team Assessment Schedule and Karnofsky Index. Five hundred and eight patients died while in care, 75% of whom died at home. At referral, 32% of families were rated as having(More)
Following the debate over the role and funding of specialist HIV/AIDS services there has been a call for more information about the needs of people with advanced HIV/AIDS and the processes and outcomes of care. This study describes the characteristics and problems of patients referred to two HIV/AIDS community teams in central London: Home Support Team(More)
This paper describes a consecutive series of 103 patients with HIV and AIDS related illnesses who were referred to, and remained in, the care of two community teams. The characteristics of the patients are outlined and the early experiences of the teams are described. The findings of this study should assist doctors and nurses caring for patients with HIV(More)
We report the work of two community teams who care for people with AIDS/HIV related illness, the characteristics of patients referred, and the impact of the teams on four aspects of quality of life. Data was collected on 140 patients (85 St. Mary's Home Support Team, 55 Bloomsbury Community Care Team) who were referred to and remained in the care of these(More)
The lead author is a programmer-analyst for administrative systems and data processing at Princeton University . The coauthor is associate director of the same facility . A major improvement in the productivity of systems development requires a fundamental change in the process . We must give up writing programs for individual system need s and develop (or(More)