Gabriele U Lindena

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The Brief Pain Inventory is a comprehensive instrument for pain assessment and has been validated in several languages. A validated German version was not available until now. From March to May 1995 all outpatients of the pain clinic of the Department of Anesthesiology completed a questionnaire with the German versions of the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) and(More)
The development of a standardised core documentation for palliative care was initiated in Germany in 1996. Results from previous evaluations have shown the wide variability of the documentation in participating units. A different documentation form was used in 2001 using free text entries to find out what problems palliative care specialists perceive in(More)
CONTEXT The German Hospice and Palliative Care Evaluation (HOPE) is a national, long-term quality assurance project. Every year, German hospice and palliative care institutions document a core data set for their patients for a period of three months. OBJECTIVES To validate the multidimensional symptom and problem checklist (HOPE-SP-CL) of the core data(More)
The recent development of palliative care inpatient units in Germany has been impressive. As a first step for quality assurance, a core documentation form was developed in 1996. The core documentation form consisted of 4 pages with 35 items documenting physical and psychosocial symptoms at the time of admission, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures before(More)
Cancer may affect the central nervous system either by primary or secondary brain tumours (PBT/SBT). Specific needs of these patients and special requirements of services caring for them have not been adequately addressed so far. Since 1999, an annual, 3-month census is being conducted in different palliative care settings throughout Germany. Pooled data(More)
Efficacy, long-term effectiveness and safety of opioids in chronic non-tumor associated pain syndromes (NTAS) are still under debate. The study (MONTAS) was performed by physicians and psychologists as a multicenter prospective, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled crossover trial, followed by an open long-term study. Patients were enrolled only when(More)
To determine the role of non-cancer palliative care in inpatient services in Germany, data from the Hospice and Palliative Care Evaluation (HOPE) were analysed. Since 1999, a three-month census has been conducted annually in German palliative care units. Pooled data from 2002-2005 were tested for differences between non-cancer patients (NCs) and cancer(More)
The development of palliative medicine in inpatient units in Germany has been impressive in the last years. As a first step of quality assurance, a core documentation form was developed in 1996. In 2001, 55 of the 83 palliative inpatient units in Germany and one unit each in Switzerland and Austria participated in the third phase of the evaluation of the(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the practice of palliative sedation (PS) in Germany. This paper presents an analysis of sedation-related data obtained from the German standardized core documentation system (HOPE) for palliative care patients. METHODS HOPE was complemented by an optional module on ethical decision making (EDM) which was pretested in 2004,(More)
Specialised pain treatment is available at inpatient, daycare and outpatient units at hospitals in Germany. A total of 579 hospitals in Germany offer at least one of the three pain treatment options. The main treatment involves outpatient care, but inpatient wards and daycare institutions have become more common. The type and number of pain treatment(More)