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Assessment of hospitalised cancer patients' needs by the Needs Evaluation Questionnaire.
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The Needs Evaluation Questionnaire, self-completed by patients, has proven to be a useful clinical tool for obtaining a systematic and undistorted overview of the principal needs with respect to the state of health of patients. Expand
Overdiagnosis in Mammographic Screening for Breast Cancer in Europe: A Literature Review
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The most plausible estimates of overdiagnosis range from 1% to 10%, and substantially higher estimates reported in the literature are due to the lack of adjustment for breast cancer risk and/or lead time. Expand
Actual and preferred place of death of cancer patients. Results from the Italian survey of the dying of cancer (ISDOC)
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As home was the preferred place of death for most cancer patients, effective programmes to enable the patients to remain at home should be implemented and policymakers should encourage health services to focus on ways of meeting individual preferences on place ofdeath. Expand
Which patients with cancer die at home? A study of six European countries using death certificate data.
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There are large country differences in the proportion of patients with cancer dying at home, and these seem influenced by country-specific cultural, social, and health care factors. Expand
Edmonton symptom assessment scale: Italian validation in two palliative care settings
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ESAS can be considered a valid, reliable and feasible instrument for physical symptom assessment in routine “palliative care” clinical practice with a potentially different responsiveness in different situations or care settings. Expand
Population-based study of dying in hospital in six European countries
TLDR
Country differences in the proportion of patients dying in hospital are only partly the result of differences in health care provision, and are in particular larger for certain patient categories, suggesting country-specific end-of-life practices in these categories. Expand
Hope Herth Index (HHI): a validation study in Italian patients with solid and hematological malignancies on active cancer treatment.
TLDR
The Italian version of HHI is a valid and reliable assessment tool - useful to initiate conversation with someone who is troubled but finds it difficult to talk - in patients with either solid or hematological malignancies on active cancer treatment during the non-advanced stages of the disease. Expand
Physicians' attitudes towards end-of-life decisions: a comparison between seven countries.
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There was large variation in support--between and within countries--for medical decision that may result in the hastening of death, and a principal component factor analysis found that 58% of the variance of the responses is explained by four factors. Expand
Continuous deep sedation: physicians' experiences in six European countries.
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Patients who received CDS were more often male, younger than 80 years old, more likely to have had cancer, and died more often in a hospital compared to nonsudden deaths without CDS. Expand
Home palliative care for terminal cancer patients: a survey on the final week of life
TLDR
The wide variations in the frequency of sedation among centres suggest that the choice to sedate the patient may reflect the provider's behaviour or services' policy rather than the patients' preference or needs. Expand
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