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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.

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.

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.