A way to screen for suffering in palliative care.

  title={A way to screen for suffering in palliative care.},
  author={Ram{\'o}n Bay{\'e}s and Joaqu{\'i}n T Limonero and Pilar Barreto and Maria Comas},
  journal={Journal of palliative care},
  volume={13 2},
We report a new tool for screening the suffering of terminally ill patients in a palliative care service. We systematically asked 371 terminal oncological and AIDS patients on 665 different occasions, "How long did yesterday seem to you?"; we then asked them to assess their current condition. The simple answer about subjective length of time correlated well with subjective suffering in approximately half the patients. Thus it may be a good starting point for future assessment and more extensive… CONTINUE READING

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