Use of Palliative Performance Scale in end-of-life prognostication.

  title={Use of Palliative Performance Scale in end-of-life prognostication.},
  author={Francis Y. Lau and G. Michael Downing and Mary Lesperance and Jack Shaw and Craig Kuziemsky},
  journal={Journal of palliative medicine},
  volume={9 5},
BACKGROUND Current literature suggests clinicians are not accurate in prognostication when estimating survival times of palliative care patients. There are reported studies in which the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) is used as a prognostic tool to predict survival of these patients. Yet, their findings are different in terms of the presence of distinct PPS survival profiles and significant covariates. OBJECTIVE This study investigates the use of PPS as a prognostication tool for… CONTINUE READING