Patient appointment process, symptom control and prediction of follow-up compliance in a palliative care outpatient clinic.

@article{PortaSales2005PatientAP,
  title={Patient appointment process, symptom control and prediction of follow-up compliance in a palliative care outpatient clinic.},
  author={Josep Porta-Sales and N{\'u}ria Codorniu and Xavier G{\'o}mez-Batiste and Eulalia Alburquerque and Gala Serrano-Berm{\'u}dez and Daniel S{\'a}nchez-Posadas and Xavier P{\'e}rez-Martin and Jes{\'u}s Gonz{\'a}lez-Barboteo and Albert Tuca-Rodr{\'i}guez},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={2005},
  volume={30 2},
  pages={145-53}
}
Activities and outcomes in an outpatient palliative care clinic (PCC) have attracted little attention in the literature. We describe the results of our patient appointment scheduling process, our efficacy in relieving cancer-associated symptoms and an analysis of risk factors for patient non-compliance with the appointment schedule. Over a one-year study period, 730 first-time appointments were scheduled and 73.1% of them were kept. Only patients who had kept 3 consecutive visits (n=203) were… CONTINUE READING
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