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PURPOSE The systematic use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) has been advocated as an effective way to standardize cancer practice. Yet, the question of whether PROMs can lead to actual improvements in the quality of patient care remains under debate. This review examined whether inclusion of PROM in routine clinical practice is associated with(More)
Chemotherapy forms a core component of treatment for the majority patients with cancer. Recent changes in cancer services mean patients frequently receive such treatment as outpatients and are often required to manage side effects at home without direct support from oncology health professionals. Information technology continues to develop to support(More)
Six females suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with symptoms of constipation and faecal incontinence were investigated using anal manometry, proctometrogram, proctography and large bowel transit time estimates (using inert markers). Results were compared to a control group (4 females, 2 males). Resting anal sphincter pressure (internal sphincter(More)
BACKGROUND Surgery remains the best curative option for appropriately selected patients with lung cancer. Evidence suggests that improving cardiovascular fitness and functional capacity can accelerate post-surgery recovery and reduce mortality. However, the effect of exercise intervention for patients surgically treated for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer(More)
Many people diagnosed with cancer will receive chemotherapy as a core component of their care. Recent changes in the delivery of cancer services mean that patients frequently receive care on an out-patient basis and are therefore often required to manage related side effects at home without direct support from oncology health professionals. The use of(More)
PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH To explore the lived experience of multiple concurrent symptoms in people with advanced lung cancer to contribute to the understanding of the experience of symptom clusters. METHODS AND SAMPLE Purposive sampling recruited ten people with advanced lung cancer who were experiencing three or more concurrent symptoms, were at least 18(More)
While the use of chemotherapy has significantly improved survival rates, the symptoms associated with chemotherapy remain a major burden for patients. Preventing or appropriately managing side effects significantly improves patients' functional status and quality of life, ultimately leading to greater patient acceptance of chemotherapy. However, symptom(More)
In remote communities, where frequent face-to-face contact with health professionals may be difficult, the ongoing review and management of symptoms--a fundamental part of good palliative care--can be difficult to achieve. Telecare and other developments in information technology are increasingly being sought as a means of addressing shifting population(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Supportive care for people living with a diagnosis of lung cancer is paramount. The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the supportive care needs of people with lung cancer, and explore trends and gaps in the assessment of these needs emerging from this literature. METHODS Through use of a wide range "free text"(More)