Ian Maddocks

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This study documents the emotional experiences and coping strategies of a group of caregivers as they move from the diagnosis of a close family member with terminal cancer through the stages of caring and post bereavement. Supportive evidence, matching that of previous literature, was gathered regarding the impact of such care, but additional findings(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify criteria for measuring the eligibility of patients with end-stage noncancer diseases for palliative care services in Australian residential aged care facilities. METHODS No validated set if guidelines were available so five instruments were used: an adaptation of the American National Hospice Association Guidelines; a recent(More)
This article presents results of the second stage of a research project which explored the palliative care needs of 69 residents with a noncancer diagnosis in South Australia. Extensive data were collected prospectively from case notes, and resident and staff interviews over a 10-week period. Residents were suffering multiple conditions and were highly(More)
Patients with haematological diseases do not have ready access to hospice services in South Australia. They remain in close contact with a specialist haematology or oncology unit, and are more likely than are patients with solid tumours to receive intensive therapy during a terminal admission. The course of the final month of life was compared for three(More)
Specific receptor sites for murine epidermal growth factor (EGF) have been characterized and their distribution determined in ovine skin. Binding of 125I-labelled EGF to skin membrane particles was temperature- and time-dependent, with equilibrium being reached within 1 h at 23 degrees C. Analysis of skin biopsies collected from ten castrated Merino sheep(More)
We have observed among patients of the Southern Community Hospice Programme that up to 25% experience acute delirium when treated with morphine and improve when the opioid is changed to oxycodone or fentanyl. This study aimed to confirm by a prospective trial that oxycodone produces less delirium than morphine in such patients. Oxycodone was administered by(More)
1. Plasma concentrations of fentanyl were measured by g.c. in 20 patients (median age: 75 years and range: 54-86 years; eight females) in palliative care receiving the drug by continuous s.c. infusion (median rate: 1200 micrograms day-1 and range: 100-5000 micrograms day-1). 2. The infusion rate was significantly related to the duration of therapy (Spearman(More)