Jake Billings

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BACKGROUND Patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer have a substantial symptom burden and may receive aggressive care at the end of life. We examined the effect of introducing palliative care early after diagnosis on patient-reported outcomes and end-of-life care among ambulatory patients with newly diagnosed disease. METHODS We randomly(More)
Although chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a highly prevalent and disabling illness, few empirical studies have evaluated the impact of the disease on symptom distress, functional status, and quality of life. These outcomes were explored in a prospective survey of 100 patients with advanced COPD. Patients were recruited from two academic(More)
Little is known about the burden of illness associated with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF). Understanding the needs of this population requires further information about symptoms and other factors related to quality of life. We studied a convenience sample of 103 community-dwelling patients with New York Heart Association Class III/IV CHF. The(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effectiveness of the Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP), an intensive faculty development program at Harvard Medical School. METHOD PCEP is a two-week program offered annually with two on-site sessions in Boston, MA, and an interim period distance-learning component. Training integrates palliative care(More)
BACKGROUND Residents struggle with advance care planning (ACP) discussions in the inpatient setting, and may not be aware of newer models for ACP that stress the importance of giving prognostic information and making a recommendation about cardiopulmonary resuscitation to patients and families. METHODS A controlled study of a cognitive model for ACP(More)
In order to estimate the prevalence of palliative care programs in academic hospitals in the United States, we surveyed a random sample of 100 hospitals in the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems directory. Sixty percent of hospitals provided information. At least 26% of hospitals had either a palliative care consultation service or inpatient(More)
BACKGROUND Optimal end of life care of patients with terminal cancer is poorly understood. In this study, the aggressiveness of care is described in a cohort of patients with newly diagnosed advanced nonsmall-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS Patients within 8 weeks of diagnosis of stage IIIb (with effusions) or IV NSCLC were enrolled in a study to(More)