Katrina Margaret Breaden

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Today, more people are surviving cancer as a result of improved treatment and early diagnosis. In Australia, the 5-year survival rate for persons diagnosed with cancer is now approaching 50%. Although there is a growing population of cancer survivors, little is known about what surviving entails. Traditionally, a survivor has been defined as one who has(More)
INTRODUCTION The ability of patients to finalise their affairs at the end of life is an often neglected aspect of quality of life (QOL) measurement in palliative care effectiveness research despite compelling evidence of the high value patients place on this domain. OBJECTIVE This paper describes the preliminary development and evaluation of a new,(More)
In palliative care, the witnessing of unrelieved (refractory) suffering takes its toll on all concerned; however, the effect on experienced palliative clinicians of witnessing such suffering has largely been unexplored. The aim of this study was to examine health care professionals' (nurses, doctors, and allied health workers) experiences of working with a(More)
This article reports on a preliminary study of the experiences and perceptions of palliative care clinicians in developing capacity for effective, sustainable practice in their work with people who have refractory suffering. Members of a purposive sample of 17 clinicians (10 nurses, 5 doctors, and 2 allied health professionals) were either interviewed (13)(More)
CONTEXT Despite limited clinical evidence, long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) is used for the management of refractory breathlessness in people with life-limiting illnesses who are not necessarily hypoxemic. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to understand caregiver factors associated with caring for someone with LTOT from the perspectives and experiences(More)
Palliative care is a growing area of practice throughout the world and its promotion relies on adequately trained health care professionals. However, there are only a limited number of postgraduate academic courses or clinical training opportunities available, especially in resource challenged areas of the Asia Pacific region. This article outlines a(More)
OBJECTIVE This qualitative study aimed to describe the skill sets that experienced palliative care clinicians possess when managing refractory suffering. METHOD Thirteen tape recorded semi-structured interviews and four online questionnaires were completed by participants with at least two years clinical palliative care experience. The research team(More)
Managing dyspnea at home is a challenging task. Although a competent palliative home care team can assist a patient to live at home with better pain control, dyspnea is usually not as well managed. In the Asian context, there are few research studies in dyspnea management in palliative home care. This paper aims to illustrate the cultural context that has(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic breathlessness is a significant problem in palliative care and oxygen is often prescribed in an attempt to ameliorate it. Often, this prescription falls outside the current funding guidelines for long-term home oxygen use. The aim of this qualitative study was to understand the factors that most influence Australian specialist palliative(More)