Siew Tzuh Tang

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OBJECTIVES The main goal of end-of-life care is to achieve the best quality of life (QOL) for patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of (1) the patients' awareness of their prognosis, (2) the extent of patient-family caregiver congruence on the preferences for end-of-life care options, and (3) the perceived caregiving burden of(More)
BACKGROUND No population-based studies conducted outside Western countries have identified determinants of hospice utilization for all ages and cancer groups. OBJECTIVE To evaluate associations between hospice utilization in the last year of life and patient demographics, disease characteristics, physician specialty, hospital characteristics, and(More)
Considering the emphasis of nonmaleficence and beneficence and the relative power of family, there is a well-recognized suggestion that, in Asian culture, informing cancer patients about their diagnosis and prognosis should be modified according to the family's opinion. However, up until now, except in Japan, the argument that cancer patients from an Asian(More)
OBJECTIVE The course of caregivers' depressive symptoms may not be homogenous. This study identified trajectories of depressive symptoms among caregivers providing end-of-life care to cancer patients and profiled the unique characteristics of caregivers within each trajectory. METHODS Trajectories of depressive symptoms were explored in 447 caregivers who(More)
Aggressive life-sustaining treatments have the potential to be continued beyond benefit, but have seldom been systematically/nationally explored in pediatric cancer patients. Furthermore, factors predisposing children dying of cancer to receive life-sustaining treatments at end of life (EOL) have never been investigated in a population-based study. This(More)
OBJECTIVE Posttraumatic growth at end of life, a positive psychological consequence of dealing with a life crisis, may be catalyzed by the trauma of facing mortality. Studies on cancer patients' posttraumatic growth have overwhelmingly examined early-stage survivors. Of the few studies on advanced cancer patients, none anchored posttraumatic growth with the(More)
OBJECTIVE Few studies have investigated the impact of providing end-of-life care on family caregivers' depressive symptoms over time, especially until the patient's death. The purpose of this study was to identify the course and predictors of depressive symptoms in caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients until they died. METHODS For this prospective,(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE Self-perceived burden to others (SPB) is a major concern of terminally ill cancer patients and is frequently factored into end-of-life (EOL) care decision-making. However, changes in and determinants of SPB and its longitudinal impact on preferences for EOL care over the dying process have not been investigated. Our study was aimed at(More)
PURPOSE Whether prognostic awareness benefits terminally ill cancer patients' psychological-existential well-being and quality of life (QOL) is unclear because of lack of well-controlled longitudinal studies. This study longitudinally evaluated the associations of accurate prognostic awareness and prognostic acceptance with psychological distress,(More)
One strategy for controlling the skyrocketing costs of cancer care may be to target high-tech/high-cost imaging at the end of life (EOL). This population-based study investigated receipt of high-tech/high-cost imaging and its determinants for Taiwanese patients with metastatic cancer in their last month of life.Individual patient-level data were linked with(More)