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Validated screening tools for the assessment of cachexia, sarcopenia, and malnutrition: a systematic review (2018)
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Miller, J., Wells, L., Nwulu, U., Currow, D., Johnson, M. J., & Skipworth, R. J. (2018). Validated screening tools for the assessment of cachexia, sarcopenia, and malnutrition: a systematic review. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 108(6), 1196-1208. doi:10.1093/ajcn/nqy244

Background: There is great overlap between the presentation of cachexia, sarcopenia, and malnutrition. Distinguishing between these conditions would allow for better targeted treatment for patients. Objectives: The aim was to systematically review va... Read More

Psychometric Properties of the Needs Assessment Tool—Progressive Disease Cancer in U.K. Primary Care (2018)
Journal Article
Allgar, V. L., Chen, H., Richfield, E., Currow, D., Macleod, U., & Johnson, M. J. (2018). Psychometric Properties of the Needs Assessment Tool—Progressive Disease Cancer in U.K. Primary Care. Journal of pain and symptom management, 56(4), 602-612. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.07.002

Background. The assessment of patients' needs for care is a critical step in achieving patient-centered cancer care. Tools can be used to assess needs and inform care planning. The Needs Assessment Tool:Progressive DiseaseeCancer (NAT:PD-C) is an Aus... Read More

Missed opportunity? Worsening breathlessness as a harbinger of death: a cohort study (2018)
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Currow, D. C., Smith, J. M., Chansriwong, P., Noble, S. I., Nikolaidou, T., Ferreira, D., …Ekström, M. (2018). Missed opportunity? Worsening breathlessness as a harbinger of death: a cohort study. The European respiratory journal, 52(3), doi:10.1183/13993003.00684-2018

Introduction: To explore trajectories of breathlessness intensity by function and life-limiting illness diagnosis in the last 3 weeks of life in palliative care patients. Methods: Prospective, consecutive cohort with point-of-care data of patients o... Read More

Validation of the dyspnea exertion scale of breathlessness in people with life-limiting illness (2018)
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Sandberg, J., Johnson, M. J., Currow, D. C., & Ekström, M. (2018). Validation of the dyspnea exertion scale of breathlessness in people with life-limiting illness. Journal of pain and symptom management, 56(3), 430-435.e2. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.05.002

Background Although chronic breathlessness is common in life-limiting illnesses, validated feasible instruments to measure functional impact of the symptom in this population are scarce. We aimed to validate the Dyspnea Exertion Scale (DES) compared... Read More

One evidence base; three stories: do opioids relieve chronic breathlessness? (2017)
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Ekstrom, M., Currow, D. C., Johnson, M. J., Ekström, M., Bajwah, S., Bland, J. M., …Johnson, M. (2017). One evidence base; three stories: do opioids relieve chronic breathlessness?. Thorax, 73(1), (88-90). doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209868. ISSN 0040-6376

Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/. The efficacy of low-dose systemic opioids for chronic br... Read More

Psychometric validation of the needs assessment tool: Progressive disease in interstitial lung disease (2017)
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Johnson, M. J., Jamali, A., Ross, J., Fairhurst, C., Boland, J., Reigada, C., …Yorke, J. (2018). Psychometric validation of the needs assessment tool: Progressive disease in interstitial lung disease. Thorax, 73(9), 880-883. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210911

© Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2018. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted. The inter-rater/test-retest reliability and construct validity... Read More

Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: Net effect of haloperidol for nausea or vomiting (2017)
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Digges, M., Hussein, A., Wilcock, A., Crawford, G. B., Boland, J. W., Agar, M. R., …Johnson, M. J. (2018). Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: Net effect of haloperidol for nausea or vomiting. Journal of palliative medicine, 21(1), (37-43). doi:10.1089/jpm.2017.0159. ISSN 1096-6218

Background Haloperidol is widely prescribed as an anti-emetic in patients receiving palliative care, but there is limited evidence to support and refine its use. Objective To explore the immediate and short-term net clinical effects of haloperidol wh... Read More

Towards an expert consensus to delineate a clinical syndrome of chronic breathlessness (2017)
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Johnson, M. J., Yorke, J., Hansen-Flaschen, J., Lansing, R., Ekström, M., Similowski, T., & Currow, D. (2017). Towards an expert consensus to delineate a clinical syndrome of chronic breathlessness. The European respiratory journal, 49(5), doi:10.1183/13993003.02277-2016

Copyright ©ERS 2017. Breathlessness that persists despite treatment for the underlying conditions is debilitating. Identifying this discrete entity as a clinical syndrome should raise awareness amongst patients, clinicians, service providers, researc... Read More

Non-opioid medications for the relief of chronic breathlessness: current evidence (2017)
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Barbetta, C., Currow, D. C., & Johnson, M. J. (2017). Non-opioid medications for the relief of chronic breathlessness: current evidence. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 11(4), 333-341. doi:10.1080/17476348.2017.1305896

Introduction: To evaluate systematically randomised clinical trials investigating non-opioid medications for the management and treatment of chronic breathlessness. Areas covered: The evidence for the role of benzodiazepines, anxiolytics, selective s... Read More