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What are the main symptoms and concerns reported by patients with advanced chronic heart failure?—a secondary analysis of the Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) and Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) (2019)
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Murtagh, F. (2019). What are the main symptoms and concerns reported by patients with advanced chronic heart failure?—a secondary analysis of the Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) and Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS). Annals of palliative medicine,

There is a lack of valid disease-specific patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for detecting symptoms and concerns in patients with advanced chronic heart failure (CHF). The Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) and Integrated Palliative care Ou... Read More

Managing uncertain recovery for patients nearing the end of life in hospital: a mixed-methods feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of the AMBER care bundle (2019)
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Koffman, J., Yorganci, E., Yi, D., Gao, W., Murtagh, F., Pickles, A., …Evans, C. J. (2019). Managing uncertain recovery for patients nearing the end of life in hospital: a mixed-methods feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of the AMBER care bundle. Trials, 20(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3612-0

Background The AMBER (Assessment, Management, Best Practice, Engagement, Recovery Uncertain) care bundle is a complex intervention used in UK hospitals to support patients with uncertain recovery. However, it has yet to be evaluated in a randomised... Read More

Establishing key criteria to define and compare models of specialist palliative care: a mixed-methods study using qualitative interviews and Delphi survey (2019)
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Firth, A. M., O’Brien, S. M., Guo, P., Seymour, J., Richardson, H., Bridges, C., …Murtagh, F. E. (2019). Establishing key criteria to define and compare models of specialist palliative care: a mixed-methods study using qualitative interviews and Delphi survey. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319858237

Background: Specialist palliative care services have various configurations of staff, processes and interventions, which determine how care is delivered. Currently, there is no consistent way to define and distinguish these different models of care.... Read More

A brief, patient- and proxy-reported outcome measure in advanced illness: Validity, reliability and responsiveness of the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) (2019)
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Murtagh, F. E., Ramsenthaler, C., Firth, A., Groeneveld, E. I., Lovell, N., Simon, S. T., …Bausewein, C. (in press). A brief, patient- and proxy-reported outcome measure in advanced illness: Validity, reliability and responsiveness of the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS). Palliative medicine, 026921631985426. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319854264

Background: Few measures capture the complex symptoms and concerns of those receiving palliative care. Aim: To validate the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale, a measure underpinned by extensive psychometric development, by evaluating its vali... Read More

Which outcome domains are important in palliative care and when? An international expert consensus workshop, using the nominal group technique (2019)
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de Wolf-Linder, S., Dawkins, M., Wicks, F., Pask, S., Eagar, K., Evans, C. J., …Murtagh, F. E. (in press). Which outcome domains are important in palliative care and when? An international expert consensus workshop, using the nominal group technique. Palliative medicine, 026921631985415. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319854154

© The Author(s) 2019. Background: When capturing patient-level outcomes in palliative care, it is essential to identify which outcome domains are most important and focus efforts to capture these, in order to improve quality of care and minimise coll... Read More

Towards person‐centred care for people living with HIV: what core outcomes matter, and how might we assess them? A cross‐national multi‐centre qualitative study with key stakeholders (2019)
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Bristowe, K., Clift, P., James, R., Josh, J., Platt, M., Whetham, J., …Harding, R. (2019). Towards person‐centred care for people living with HIV: what core outcomes matter, and how might we assess them? A cross‐national multi‐centre qualitative study with key stakeholders. HIV Medicine, 20(8), 542-554. https://doi.org/10.1111/hiv.12758

Objectives People living with HIV (PLWH) have multidimensional concerns requiring person‐centred care. Routine use of patient‐reported outcome measures (PROMs) improves outcomes. No brief PROM currently reflects the breadth of concerns for PLWH. This... Read More

Health-related quality of life and well-being in people over 75 years of age with end-stage kidney disease managed with dialysis or comprehensive conservative care: A cross-sectional study in the UK and Australia (2019)
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Shah, K. K., Murtagh, F. E., McGeechan, K., Crail, S., Burns, A., Tran, A. D., & Morton, R. L. (2019). Health-related quality of life and well-being in people over 75 years of age with end-stage kidney disease managed with dialysis or comprehensive conservative care: A cross-sectional study in the UK and Australia. BMJ open, 9(5), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027776

© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2018. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. Objective To measure health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and well-being in older people with end-stage ki... Read More

A longitudinal cohort study of symptoms and other concerns among Nigerian people with stages 3–5 chronic kidney diseases: study protocol (2019)
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Olagunju, A. T., Fadipe, B., Buraimoh, R. W., Ale, O. K., Umeizudike, T. I., Ogbolu, R. E., …Harding, R. (2019). A longitudinal cohort study of symptoms and other concerns among Nigerian people with stages 3–5 chronic kidney diseases: study protocol. Annals of palliative medicine, 8(2), 190-198. https://doi.org/10.21037/apm.2018.10.03

Background: The burden of symptoms and other concerns in chronic kidney disease (CKD) is known to be high, adversely affecting the quality of life of the growing number of those with this condition in developing countries. In this paper, we describe... Read More

Socioeconomic position and use of health care in the last year of life: a systematic review and meta-analysis (2019)
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Davies, J. M., Sleeman, K. E., Leniz, J., Wilson, R., Higginson, I. J., Verne, J., …Murtagh, F. E. (2019). Socioeconomic position and use of health care in the last year of life: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine, 16(4), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002782

BACKGROUND: Low socioeconomic position (SEP) is recognized as a risk factor for worse health outcomes. How socioeconomic factors influence end-of-life care, and the magnitude of their effect, is not understood. This review aimed to synthesise and qua... Read More

Increasing access to integrated ESKD care as part of Universal Health Coverage (2019)
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Yao, Q., Walker, R., Walker, R. C., Vachharajani, T., Tungsanga, K., Trask, M., …Murtagh, F. (2019). Increasing access to integrated ESKD care as part of Universal Health Coverage. Kidney International, 95(4), S1-S33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kint.2018.12.005

The global nephrology community recognizes the need for a cohesive strategy to address the growing problem of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). In March 2018, the International Society of Nephrology hosted a summit on integrated ESKD care, including 9... Read More

Patients’ views on care and their association with outcomes in palliative care (2019)
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Pinto, C., Firth, A. M., Groeneveld, E. I., Guo, P., Sykes, N., & Murtagh, F. E. (2019). Patients’ views on care and their association with outcomes in palliative care. Palliative medicine, 33(4), 467-469. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319831383

When patients face advanced illness, their experience of care is especially important. In palliative care, we often rely on the accounts of bereaved relatives to report the quality of end-of-life care, and there are no validated patient-reported meas... Read More

The views and experiences of older people with conservatively managed renal failure: A qualitative study of communication, information and decision-making (2019)
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Selman, L. E., Bristowe, K., Higginson, I. J., & Murtagh, F. E. M. (2019). The views and experiences of older people with conservatively managed renal failure: A qualitative study of communication, information and decision-making. BMC Nephrology, 20(1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-019-1230-4

Background: Older people with advanced kidney disease require information and support from clinicians when deciding whether to have dialysis or conservative (non-dialysis) care. There is evidence that communication practices, information provision an... Read More

Invisible and intangible illness: A qualitative interview study of patients’ experiences and understandings of conservatively managed end-stage kidney disease (2019)
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Bristowe, K., Selman, L. E., Higginson, I. J., & Murtagh, F. E. (2019). Invisible and intangible illness: A qualitative interview study of patients’ experiences and understandings of conservatively managed end-stage kidney disease. Annals of palliative medicine, 8(2), 121-129. https://doi.org/10.21037/apm.2018.12.06

Background: Increasing numbers of older adults are living with kidney disease. For those with comorbidities, conservative management of end-stage kidney disease is a viable option: dialysis may afford limited or no survival benefit, and perceived bur... Read More

Finding a ‘new normal’ following acute illness: A qualitative study of influences on frail older people’s care preferences (2018)
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Etkind, S. N., Lovell, N., Nicholson, C. J., Higginson, I. J., & Murtagh, F. E. (2019). Finding a ‘new normal’ following acute illness: A qualitative study of influences on frail older people’s care preferences. Palliative medicine, 33(3), 301-311. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318817706

Background: The frail older population is growing, and many frail older people have episodes of acute illness. Patient preferences are increasingly considered important in the delivery of person-centred care and may change following acute illness. Ai... Read More

The conceptual models and mechanisms of action that underpin advance care planning for cancer patients: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials (2018)
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Lin, C., Evans, C. J., Koffman, J., Armes, J., Murtagh, F. E., & Harding, R. (2019). The conceptual models and mechanisms of action that underpin advance care planning for cancer patients: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Palliative medicine, 33(1), 5-23. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318809582

Background: No systematic review has focused on conceptual models underpinning advance care planning for patients with advanced cancer, and the mechanisms of action in relation to the intended outcomes. Aim: To appraise conceptual models and develop... Read More

Symptoms and concerns among children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions: A systematic review highlighting meaningful health outcomes (2018)
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Namisango, E., Bristowe, K., Allsop, M. J., Murtagh, F. E., Abas, M., Higginson, I. J., …Harding, R. (2019). Symptoms and concerns among children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions: A systematic review highlighting meaningful health outcomes. Patient, 12(1), 15-55. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40271-018-0333-5

Background The design and provision of quality pediatric palliative care should prioritize issues that matter to children and their families for optimal outcomes. Objective This review aims to identify symptoms, concerns and outcomes that matter to... Read More

Perspectives of patients, family caregivers and health professionals on the use of outcome measures in palliative care and lessons for implementation: a multi-method qualitative study (2018)
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Pinto, C., Bristowe, K., Witt, J., Davies, J. M., de Wolf-Linder, S., Dawkins, M., …Murtagh, F. E. (2018). Perspectives of patients, family caregivers and health professionals on the use of outcome measures in palliative care and lessons for implementation: a multi-method qualitative study. Annals of palliative medicine, 7(s3), S137-S150. https://doi.org/10.21037/apm.2018.09.02

Background: Routine use of outcome measures in palliative care is recommended to demonstrate and improve quality of care. The use of outcome measures is relatively recent in UK specialist palliative care services and understanding their use in practi... Read More

Does advance care planning in addition to usual care reduce hospitalisation for patients with advanced heart failure: A systematic review and narrative synthesis (2018)
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Kernick, L., Hogg, K., Millerick, Y., Murtagh, F., Djahit, A., & Johnson, M. (2018). Does advance care planning in addition to usual care reduce hospitalisation for patients with advanced heart failure: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Palliative medicine, 32(10), 1539-1551. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318801162

BACKGROUND: People with advanced heart failure have repeated hospital admissions. Advance care planning can support patient preferences, but studies in people with heart failure have not been assessed. AIM: To evaluate the literature regarding advan... Read More

Does advance care planning in addition to usual care reduce hospitalisation for patients with advanced heart failure: A systematic review and narrative synthesis (2018)
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Kernick, L. A., Hogg, K. J., Millerick, Y., Murtagh, F. E., Djahit, A., & Johnson, M. (2018). Does advance care planning in addition to usual care reduce hospitalisation for patients with advanced heart failure: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Palliative medicine, 32(10), 1539-1551. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318801162

© The Author(s) 2018. Background: People with advanced heart failure have repeated hospital admissions. Advance care planning can support patient preferences, but studies in people with heart failure have not been assessed. Aim: To evaluate the liter... Read More

Validation of the IPOS-Renal Symptom Survey in advanced kidney disease; a cross-sectional study (2018)
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Raj, R., Ahuja, K., Frandsen, M., Murtagh, F. E., & Jose, M. (2018). Validation of the IPOS-Renal Symptom Survey in advanced kidney disease; a cross-sectional study. Journal of pain and symptom management, 56(2), 281-287. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.04.006

Context: The significant symptom burden in advanced renal disease is often poorly recognized by clinicians. Recently, the Integrated Palliative Outcome Score (IPOS) – Renal survey was developed from pre-existing tools to capture these symptoms and o... Read More