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AIM The aim of our study was to assess whether the Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS), the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status, and the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) are interchangeable individually or within two prognostic tools: the Palliative Prognostic Score (PaP) and the Palliative Prognostic Index (PPI). METHODS We(More)
CONTEXT Heart failure (HF) is a leading cause of death and disability, and despite optimal care, patients may eventually require palliative care. Little is known about how palliative care questionnaires (the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale [ESAS] and the Palliative Performance Scale [PPS]) perform compared with HF assessment using the New York Heart(More)
CONTEXT Advanced cancer patients remain highly susceptible to infections, leading to significant morbidity and mortality. A lack of consensus on the management of infections in this population stems from the heterogeneity of the patient group, divergent goals of care, and unknown prognosis with antibiotic treatment. OBJECTIVES This prospective single(More)
CONTEXT Patients, caregivers, and clinicians require high levels of information regarding prognosis when conditions are incurable. OBJECTIVES 1) To validate the Palliative Prognostic Score (PaP) and 2) to evaluate prognostic capacity of used clinical tools and the diagnosis of delirium, in a population referred to a palliative care consultation service at(More)
Survival prediction of advanced cancer patients remains an important task for palliative clinicians. It has transformed from an art form into a more scientific branch of the discipline with the evolution of palliative medicine and use of statistical estimates of survival. Both clinician predicted survival and actuarial estimation of survival have their uses(More)
Despite a trend to formalize and codify medical information, natural language communications still play a prominent role in health care workflows, in particular when it comes to hand-overs between providers. Natural language processing (NLP) attempts to bridge the gap between informal, natural language information and coded, machine-interpretable data. This(More)