Phillip Good

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OBJECTIVES Nurses are generally present, and often influential, in supporting patient and family acceptance of medical futility and in assisting doctors in negotiating referral to palliative care. Yet the specificities of the nursing role and how nurses may contribute to timely and effective referrals is not well understood. This study aimed to(More)
BACKGROUND It is estimated that 29% of deaths in Australia are caused by malignant disease each year and can be expected to increase with population ageing. In advanced cancer, the prevalence of fatigue is high at 70-90%, and can be related to the disease and/or the treatment. The negative impact of fatigue on function (physical, mental, social and(More)
BACKGROUND It is estimated that 39,000 Australians die from malignant disease yearly. Of these, 60% to 88% of advanced cancer patients suffer xerostomia, the subjective feeling of mouth dryness. Xerostomia has significant physical, social and psychological consequences which compromise function and quality of life. Pilocarpine is one treatment for(More)
PALLIATIVE CARE PRACTICE emphasises the holistic approach to patient care, embracing the individual's physical , psychological, spiritual and social needs. Over the past decade, developments have been made in all these areas to enhance and support the care of patients and their families. The increasing range of opioids available has meant that patients have(More)
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