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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

Clinical decision-making at the end of life: A mixed-methods study (2018)
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Taylor, P., Johnson, M. J., & Dowding, D. W. (in press). Clinical decision-making at the end of life: A mixed-methods study. BMJ supportive & palliative care, doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001535

Objectives To improve the ability of clinical staff to recognise end of life in hospital inpatients dying as a result of cancer and heart failure, and to generate new hypotheses for further research. Methods This mixed-methods study used decision th... Read More

What are the patterns of compliance with Early Warning Track and Trigger Tools: A narrative review (2018)
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Credland, N., Dyson, J., & Johnson, M. J. (2018). What are the patterns of compliance with Early Warning Track and Trigger Tools: A narrative review. Applied nursing research : ANR, 44, 39-47. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2018.09.002

© 2018 Elsevier Inc. Background: Early Warning Scores were introduced into acute hospitals in 2000. 99% of acute hospitals employ a EWS to monitor deteriorating patients with 97.9% of these linked to a referral protocol. Despite this high level of ad... Read More

Breathlessness in the emergency care setting (2018)
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Johnson, M. J., & Hutchinson, A. (2018). Breathlessness in the emergency care setting. Current opinion in supportive and palliative care, 12(3), 232-236. doi:10.1097/SPC.0000000000000374

Abstract Purpose of review Breathlessness is one of the most common reasons for presentation at the emergency department (ED). The present review summarizes work published from 2017, which focuses on the symptom of breathlessness in its own right rat... Read More

Psychometric Properties of the Needs Assessment Tool—Progressive Disease Cancer in U.K. Primary Care (2018)
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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

CAMERA - complete assessment of elderly patients with cancer: A non-randomised feasibility study (2018)
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Jackson, G., Gabe, R., Johnson, M., Date, K., Harman, D., Maraveyas, A., …Lind, M. J. (2019). CAMERA - complete assessment of elderly patients with cancer: A non-randomised feasibility study. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 10(1), 175-177. doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2018.07.005

One of the primary risk factors in the development of cancer is older age. The demographic shift to an ageing population has given rise to an increased number of older patients with cancer. The extreme heterogeneity within this population renders app... Read More

Palliative care in the emergency department: A systematic literature qualitative review and thematic synthesis (2018)
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Cooper, E., Hutchinson, A., Sheikh, Z., Taylor, P., Townend, W., & Johnson, M. J. (2018). Palliative care in the emergency department: A systematic literature qualitative review and thematic synthesis. Palliative medicine, 32(9), 1443-1454. doi:10.1177/0269216318783920

Background: Despite a fast-paced environment, the emergency clinician has a duty to meet the palliative patient's needs. Despite suggested models and interventions, this remains challenging in practice. Aim: To increase understanding of these challen... Read More

Which patients with heart failure should receive specialist palliative care? (2018)
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Campbell, R. T., Petrie, M. C., Jackson, C. E., Jhund, P. S., Wright, A., Gardner, R. S., …McMurray, J. J. (2018). Which patients with heart failure should receive specialist palliative care?. European journal of heart failure, 20(9), 1338-1347. doi:10.1002/ejhf.1240

Aims We investigated which patients with heart failure (HF) should receive specialist palliative care (SPC) by first creating a definition of need for SPC in patients hospitalised with HF using patient‐reported outcome measures (PROMs) and then testi... Read More

Breathlessness and sexual activity in older adults: The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (2018)
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Ekström, M., Johnson, M. J., Taylor, B., Luszcz, M., Wohland, P., Ferreira, D. H., & Currow, D. C. (2018). Breathlessness and sexual activity in older adults: The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing. NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, 28(1), doi:10.1038/s41533-018-0090-x

© 2018 The Author(s). Sexual activity is important to older adults (65 +). Breathlessness affects about 25% of older adults but impact on sexual activity is unknown. We evaluated the relationships between breathlessness and sexual inactivity and self... Read More

Symptom prevalence of patients with fibrotic interstitial lung disease: A systematic literature review (2018)
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Carvajalino, S., Reigada, C., Johnson, M. J., Dzingina, M., & Bajwah, S. (2018). Symptom prevalence of patients with fibrotic interstitial lung disease: A systematic literature review. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 18(1), doi:10.1186/s12890-018-0651-3

© 2018 The Author(s). Background: Those affected by advanced fibrotic interstitial lung diseases have limited treatment options and in the terminal stages, the focus of care is on symptom management. However, quantitatively, little is known about sym... Read More