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OBJECTIVE The objective is to describe cancer patients' patterns of use of psychosocial support services and identify socio-demographic, psychosocial, and attitudinal predictors of service utilization. METHODS A cross-sectional survey of 439 cancer patients (61.2% response) at a regional tertiary cancer center assessed patterns of support service(More)
BACKGROUND Nerve-function impairment (NFI) commonly occurs during or after chemotherapy in leprosy and is the key pathological process leading to disability and handicap. We describe the development of a simple clinical prediction rule for estimating the risk of NFI occurrence. METHODS New leprosy cases who presented to a centre in Bangladesh were(More)
BACKGROUND Palliative care strives to offer patients and their families choice in the location of their management and final terminal care. The place of death has been shown to be related to various patient, carer and health service factors. AIM This study explores place of death of palliative care patients in regional north Queensland, and investigates(More)
INTRODUCTION Rural patients have poor outcomes in cancer management. Previous studies have shown different health beliefs and values in rural populations with high levels of stoicism and fatalism, leading to later presentation and diagnosis, with subsequent poorer prognosis and survival. This study explores the relationship between urban or rural background(More)
BACKGROUND Student selected components (SSCs) represent a significant component of medical curricula in the UK and a new approach in medical education. Despite the prominence given to SSCs by the General Medical Council in each of its seminal papers regarding undergraduate medical education, there remains a diverse view of the purpose, outcomes, structure(More)
BACKGROUND Palliative care needs to address physical symptoms and psychosocial issues for the dying patient, maximise quality of life and assist family and carers. The development of specialised palliative care services has assisted in striving toward this goal. OBJECTIVE To outline the role of palliative care services and the ways general practitioners(More)
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