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Objectives—To develop an outcome measure for patients with advanced cancer and their families which would cover more than either physical symptoms or quality of life related questions. To validate the measure in various specialist and nonspecialist palliative care settings throughout the UK. Design—A systematic literature review of measures appropriate for(More)
Little attention has been paid to the symptom management needs of patients with life-threatening diseases other than cancer. In this study, we aimed to determine to what extent patients with progressive chronic diseases have similar symptom profiles. A systematic search of medical databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PsycINFO) and textbooks identified 64(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of the quality of psychiatric care including assessment of patients' views have become increasingly important as expectations of the standard of care rises. METHODS Attitudes and satisfaction of acute psychiatric in-patients were investigated using a questionnaire looking at satisfaction, patients' views on personal and professional(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the relative influence of different factors on place of death in patients with cancer. DATA SOURCES Four electronic databases-Medline (1966-2004), PsycINFO (1972-2004), CINAHL (1982-2004), and ASSIA (1987-2004); previous contacts with key experts; hand search of six relevant journals. REVIEW METHODS We generated a conceptual(More)
To determine whether hospital-based palliative care teams improve the process or outcomes of care for patients and families at the end of life, a systematic literature review was performed employing a qualitative meta-synthesis and quantitative meta-analysis. Ten databases were searched. This was augmented by hand searching specific journals, contacting(More)
Intractable breathlessness is a common, devastating symptom of advanced cancer causing distress and isolation for patients and families. In advanced cancer, breathlessness is complex and usually multifactorial and its severity unrelated to measurable pulmonary function or disease status. Therapeutic advances in the clinical management of dyspnea are limited(More)
The Palliative Care Outcome Scale (POS) is a multidimensional instrument covering physical, psychosocial, spiritual, organizational, and practical concerns. This study validated the German version of the POS and used the tool in different palliative care settings in Germany and Austria. Patients and staff were asked to complete the POS three times and(More)
The goal of this work was a systematic review of communication, information and support for adults with malignant cerebral glioma. Medical, nursing and social science computerised databases up to spring 2000 were searched. Key organisations were contacted, and specialist journals were searched. Inclusion criteria were publication in English, inclusion of(More)