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OBJECTIVES To explore the information needs of patients with progressive, life limiting disease and their family caregivers in South Africa and Uganda and to inform clinical practice and policy in this emerging field. DESIGN Semistructured qualitative interview study. SETTING Four palliative care services in South Africa and one in Uganda, covering(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the dimensionality of a measure of spiritual well-being (SWB) (the "Spirit 8") in palliative care (PC) patients in South Africa and Uganda, and to determine SWB in this population. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING A cross-sectional survey was conducted using the Missoula Vitas Quality of Life Index (MVQOLI). Translated questionnaires were(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the factor structure of the Missoula Vitas Quality of Life Index (MVQOLI) in palliative care patients in South Africa and Uganda and to assess the tool's appropriateness for measuring quality of life (QOL) in this context. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Cross-sectional survey using the MVQOLI, a 26-item QOL measure containing five subscales(More)
CONTEXT Despite HIV remaining life limiting and incurable, very little clinical research focus has been given to the prevalence and related burden of physical and psychological symptoms for those accessing palliative care. Despite evidence of problems persisting throughout the trajectory and alongside treatment, scant attention has been paid to these(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the burden of progressive incurable disease in Africa, there is almost no evidence on patient care or outcomes. A primary reason has been the lack of appropriate locally-validated outcome tools. This study aimed to validate a multidimensional scale (the APCA African Palliative Outcome Scale) in a multi-centred international study. (More)
BACKGROUND The majority of cancer presentations in Africa are advanced and incurable, with incidence of malignancies projected to increase significantly. Despite the African cancer burden, almost nothing is known about the symptomatology of malignant progressive disease. This study aimed to determine the symptom prevalence and burden amongst advanced cancer(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with incurable, progressive disease receiving palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa experience high levels of spiritual distress with a detrimental impact on their quality of life. Locally validated measurement tools are needed to identify patients' spiritual needs and evaluate and improve spiritual care, but up to now such tools have(More)
BACKGROUND Quality of life (QOL) is a core outcome of palliative care, yet in African settings there is a lack of evidence on patients' levels of QOL. We aimed to describe QOL among patients with incurable, progressive disease receiving palliative care in South Africa and Uganda, to compare QOL in cancer and HIV, to determine how domains of QOL correlate(More)
STUDY AIM To research the children's palliative care (CPC) educational needs of health professionals in Uganda. METHODOLOGY DESIGN AND SETTING: Mixed quantitative and qualitative survey set in three hospice sites in Uganda. INTERVENTIONS Self-rating survey, log book of problem cases, focus group of students of a CPC course. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)
CONTEXT The incidence of life-limiting progressive disease in sub-Saharan Africa presents a significant clinical and public health challenge. The ability to easily measure patient outcomes is essential to improving care. OBJECTIVES The present study aims to determine the specific factors (if any) that underpin the African Palliative Care Association(More)