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Influence of opioids on immune function in patients with cancer pain: from bench to bedside (2017)
Journal Article
Boland, J. W., & Pockley, A. G. (in press). Influence of opioids on immune function in patients with cancer pain: from bench to bedside. British Journal of Pharmacology, 175(14), 2726-2736. https://doi.org/10.1111/bph.13903

In patients with cancer, opioids are principally used for the management of acute surgical and chronic cancer-related pain. However, opioids have many non-analgesic effects, including direct and indirect effects on cancer cells and on anti-tumour imm... Read More about Influence of opioids on immune function in patients with cancer pain: from bench to bedside.

Effect of opioids and benzodiazepines on clinical outcomes in patients receiving palliative care: an exploratory analysis (2017)
Journal Article
Boland, J. W., Allgar, V., Boland, E. G., Oviasu, O., Agar, M., Currow, D. C., & Johnson, M. J. (2017). Effect of opioids and benzodiazepines on clinical outcomes in patients receiving palliative care: an exploratory analysis. Journal of palliative medicine, 20(11), 1274-1279. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2017.0129

Background: Medications for symptom management in palliative care have associated, but poorly understood, harms. Drug-related harms have important clinical implications, may impact on patients’ compliance and contribute to symptoms. Objective: To exp... Read More about Effect of opioids and benzodiazepines on clinical outcomes in patients receiving palliative care: an exploratory analysis.

Communication and support from health-care professionals to families, with dependent children, following the diagnosis of parental life-limiting illness : a systematic review (2016)
Journal Article
Fearnley, R., & Boland, J. W. (2017). Communication and support from health-care professionals to families, with dependent children, following the diagnosis of parental life-limiting illness : a systematic review. Palliative medicine, 31(3), 212-222. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216316655736

Background: Communication between parents and their children about parental life-limiting illness is stressful. Parents want support from health-care professionals; however, the extent of this support is not known. Awareness of family’s needs would h... Read More about Communication and support from health-care professionals to families, with dependent children, following the diagnosis of parental life-limiting illness : a systematic review.

Is regular systemic opioid analgesia associated with shorter survival in adult patients with cancer? : a systematic literature review (2015)
Journal Article
Boland, J. W., Ziegler, L., Boland, E. G., McDermid, K., & Bennett, M. I. (2015). Is regular systemic opioid analgesia associated with shorter survival in adult patients with cancer? : a systematic literature review. Pain, 156(11), 2152-2163. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000306

© 2015 International Association for the Study of Pain. Opioids are important in the management of pain in patients with cancer. Clinicians and patients are sometimes concerned about the effect of opioids on survival, which might decrease opioid pres... Read More about Is regular systemic opioid analgesia associated with shorter survival in adult patients with cancer? : a systematic literature review.

Palliative care for people with non-malignant lung disease: summary of current evidence and future direction (2013)
Journal Article
Boland, J., Martin, J., & Wells, A. U. (2013). Palliative care for people with non-malignant lung disease: summary of current evidence and future direction. Palliative medicine, 27(9), 811-816. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216313493467

Background: The physical and psychosocial needs of patients with chronic non-malignant lung disease are comparable to those with lung cancer. This article will focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease and cystic fibro... Read More about Palliative care for people with non-malignant lung disease: summary of current evidence and future direction.

Developing a service for patients with very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) within resources (2013)
Journal Article
Boland, J., Owen, J., Ainscough, R., & Mahdi, H. (2014). Developing a service for patients with very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) within resources. BMJ supportive & palliative care, 4(2), 196-201 . https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000393

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common life-limiting illness with significant burden for patient and carer. Despite this, access to supportive and specialist palliative care is inconsistent and implementation of published good pract... Read More about Developing a service for patients with very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) within resources.