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Morphine for the symptomatic reduction of chronic breathlessness: the case for controlled release (2020)
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Currow, D. C., Kochovska, S., Ferreira, D., & Johnson, M. J. (2020). Morphine for the symptomatic reduction of chronic breathlessness: the case for controlled release. Current opinion in supportive and palliative care, 14(3), 177-181. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPC.0000000000000520

Purpose of Review: Clinicians who seek to reduce the symptomatic burden of chronic breathlessness by initiating regular low dose morphine have the choice of immediate or sustained release formulations - which will be better for this often frail popu... Read More about Morphine for the symptomatic reduction of chronic breathlessness: the case for controlled release.

The Prepare for Kidney Care Study: prepare for renal dialysis versus responsive management in advanced chronic kidney disease (2020)
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Murphy, E., Burns, A., Murtagh, F. E. M., Rooshenas, L., & Caskey, F. J. (in press). The Prepare for Kidney Care Study: prepare for renal dialysis versus responsive management in advanced chronic kidney disease. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, https://doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfaa209

Shared decision making in advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires unbiased information on survival and person-centred outcomes known to matter to patients: quality of life, symptom burden and support from family and healthcare professionals. T... Read More about The Prepare for Kidney Care Study: prepare for renal dialysis versus responsive management in advanced chronic kidney disease.

International variation in dialysis discontinuation in patients with advanced kidney disease (2020)
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Jassal, S. V., Larkina, M., Jager, K. J., Murtagh, F. E., O’Hare, A. M., Hanafusa, N., …Swartz, R. D. (2020). International variation in dialysis discontinuation in patients with advanced kidney disease. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 192(35), E995-E1002. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.191631

BACKGROUND: Decisions about dialysis for advanced kidney disease are often strongly shaped by sociocultural and system-level factors rather than the priorities and values of individual patients. We examined international variation in the uptake of co... Read More about International variation in dialysis discontinuation in patients with advanced kidney disease.

The stability of care preferences following acute illness: a mixed methods prospective cohort study of frail older people (2020)
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Etkind, S., Lovell, N., Bone, A., Guo, P., Nicholson, C., Murtagh, F. E. M., & Higginson, I. J. (in press). The stability of care preferences following acute illness: a mixed methods prospective cohort study of frail older people. BMC Geriatrics,

Background: Patient preferences are integral to person-centred care, but preference stability is poorly understood in older people, who may experience fluctuant illness trajectories with episodes of acute illness. We aimed to describe, and explore in... Read More about The stability of care preferences following acute illness: a mixed methods prospective cohort study of frail older people.

Activities forgone because of chronic breathlessness: a cross-sectional, population prevalence study (2020)
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Kochovska, S., Chang, S., Morgan, D. D., Ferreira, D., Sidhu, M., Saleh Moussa, R., …Currow, D. C. (2020). Activities forgone because of chronic breathlessness: a cross-sectional, population prevalence study. Palliative Medicine Reports, 1(1), 166-170. https://doi.org/10.1089/pmr.2020.0083

Background Chronic breathlessness is a prevalent, disabling syndrome affecting many people for years. Identifying the impact of chronic breathlessness on people’s activities in the general population is pivotal for designing symptom management strat... Read More about Activities forgone because of chronic breathlessness: a cross-sectional, population prevalence study.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing burden from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (2020)
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Barnes-Harris, M. M., Phillips, J. L., Luckett, T., San Martin, A., Currow, D. C., Johnson, M. J., …Phillips, J. L. (in press). A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing burden from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216320940153

Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer are both life-limiting diseases that confer burden in the form of symptoms and affect functioning and quality of life. Comparing burden between these diseases is of interest to determi... Read More about A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing burden from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

COVID-19: Guidance on Palliative care from a European Respiratory Society International Task Force (2020)
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Janssen, D. J. A., Ekström, M., Currow, D. C., Johnson, M. J., Maddocks, M., Simonds, A. K., …Marsaa, K. (in press). COVID-19: Guidance on Palliative care from a European Respiratory Society International Task Force. European respiratory journal, 2002583. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02583-2020

Background: Many people are dying from COVID-19, but consensus guidance on palliative care in COVID-19 is lacking. This new life-threatening disease has put healthcare systems under pressure, with increased need of palliative care provided to many pa... Read More about COVID-19: Guidance on Palliative care from a European Respiratory Society International Task Force.

Health of mothers of children with a life-limiting condition: a protocol for comparative cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (2020)
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Fraser, L. K., Murtagh, F. E., Sheldon, T., Gilbody, S., & Hewitt, C. (2020). Health of mothers of children with a life-limiting condition: a protocol for comparative cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. BMJ open, 10(7), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034024

INTRODUCTION: There are now nearly 50 000 children with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition in the UK. These include conditions where there is no reasonable hope of cure and from which they will die, as well as conditions for which curative... Read More about Health of mothers of children with a life-limiting condition: a protocol for comparative cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

Opioids for breathlessness: a narrative review (2020)
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Currow, D. C., Johnson, M. J., Pollack, A., Ferreira, D. H., Kochovska, S., Ekström, M., & Harrison, C. (2020). Opioids for breathlessness: a narrative review. BMJ supportive & palliative care, 10(3), 287-295. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002314

ABSTRACT Chronic breathlessness is a disabling and distressing condition for which there is a growing evidence base for a range of interventions. Non-pharmacological interventions are the mainstay of management and should be optimised prior to use... Read More about Opioids for breathlessness: a narrative review.

Development of a core outcome set to use in the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction: protocol for the RAMBO study (2020)
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Currow, D. C., Currow, D. C., Murtagh, F. E., Oliver, A., Baddeley, E., Bravington, A., …Boland, J. (2020). Development of a core outcome set to use in the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction: protocol for the RAMBO study. BMJ open, 10(6), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039154

INTRODUCTION: Studies regarding the management of malignant bowel obstruction (MBO) report conflicting findings. This is partly due to different outcome measures being used to evaluate severity of MBO and the response to treatments. Furthermore, curr... Read More about Development of a core outcome set to use in the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction: protocol for the RAMBO study.

Patients’ and caregivers’ experiences of driving with chronic breathlessness before and after regular low-dose sustained-release morphine: A qualitative study (2020)
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Ferreira, D. H., Boland, J. W., Kochovska, S., Honson, A., Phillips, J. L., & Currow, D. C. (in press). Patients’ and caregivers’ experiences of driving with chronic breathlessness before and after regular low-dose sustained-release morphine: A qualitative study. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216320929549

Background: Chronic breathlessness is a disabling syndrome that profoundly impacts patients’ and caregivers’ lives. Driving is important for most people, including those with advanced disease. Regular, low-dose, sustained-release morphine safely red... Read More about Patients’ and caregivers’ experiences of driving with chronic breathlessness before and after regular low-dose sustained-release morphine: A qualitative study.

Identification of patients with potential palliative care needs: a systematic review of screening tools in primary care (2020)
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ElMokhallalati, Y., Bradley, S. H., Chapman, E., Ziegler, L., Murtagh, F. E., Johnson, M. J., & Bennett, M. I. (in press). Identification of patients with potential palliative care needs: a systematic review of screening tools in primary care. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216320929552

Background Despite increasing evidence of the benefits of early access to palliative care, many patients do not receive palliative care in a timely manner. A systematic approach in primary care can facilitate earlier identification of patients with... Read More about Identification of patients with potential palliative care needs: a systematic review of screening tools in primary care.

Does the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) sufficiently prioritise enablement of access to therapeutic opioids? A systematic critical analysis of six INCB annual reports, 1968-2018 (2020)
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Clark, J. D., Johnson, M., Fabowale, B., Farrelly, M., & Currow, D. (in press). Does the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) sufficiently prioritise enablement of access to therapeutic opioids? A systematic critical analysis of six INCB annual reports, 1968-2018. Journal of Global Health Reports, 4,

Background The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has overseen international drug control since 1968 with the dual remit of restricting illicit production and use of controlled substances, whilst enabling access for clinical purposes. Two... Read More about Does the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) sufficiently prioritise enablement of access to therapeutic opioids? A systematic critical analysis of six INCB annual reports, 1968-2018.

Quality of life changes with duration of chronic breathlessness: a random sample of community-dwelling people. (2020)
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Currow, D. C., Chang, S., Dal Grande, E., Ferreira, D. H., Kochovska, S., Kinchin PhD, I., …Ekstrom, M. (in press). Quality of life changes with duration of chronic breathlessness: a random sample of community-dwelling people. Journal of pain and symptom management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.05.015

Introduction Chronic breathlessness is associated with poorer quality of life. This population study aimed to define dimensions of quality of life (QoL), and duration and dominant causes of breathlessness that most diminished QoL. Methods This... Read More about Quality of life changes with duration of chronic breathlessness: a random sample of community-dwelling people..

Screening for Delirium: A survey of delirium screening practice in specialist palliative care units in the UK (2020)
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Woodhouse, R., Siddiqi, N., Boland, J. W., Featherstone, I., & Johnson, M. J. (in press). Screening for Delirium: A survey of delirium screening practice in specialist palliative care units in the UK. BMJ supportive & palliative care, https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002251

Objectives Delirium is common and distressing in palliative care settings. This survey aims to describe current practice regarding delirium identification in specialist palliative care units (SPCUs), such as inpatient hospices, in the UK. Methods... Read More about Screening for Delirium: A survey of delirium screening practice in specialist palliative care units in the UK.

Psychological concerns of Indian women with breast cancer in different national contexts: a systematic review and mixed-methods synthesis (2020)
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Daniel, S., Clark, J., Gnanapragasam, S., Venkateswaran, C., & Johnson, M. J. (in press). Psychological concerns of Indian women with breast cancer in different national contexts: a systematic review and mixed-methods synthesis. BMJ supportive & palliative care, https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002076

Background: Breast cancer is becoming the most common cancer among women of Indian origin. Little is known about the psychological impact of the disease and its treatment among this population. Aim: To improve understanding of psychological sympto... Read More about Psychological concerns of Indian women with breast cancer in different national contexts: a systematic review and mixed-methods synthesis.

Quality of life among caregivers of people with end-stage kidney disease managed with dialysis or comprehensive conservative care (2020)
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Morton, R. L., Burns, A., Crail, S. M., McGeechan, K., Shah, K. K., & Murtagh, F. E. (2020). Quality of life among caregivers of people with end-stage kidney disease managed with dialysis or comprehensive conservative care. BMC Nephrology, 21(1), 160. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-020-01830-9

BACKGROUND: To measure health-related and care-related quality of life among informal caregivers of older people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), and to determine the association between caregiver quality of life and care recipient's treatment t... Read More about Quality of life among caregivers of people with end-stage kidney disease managed with dialysis or comprehensive conservative care.

Interventions to minimise doctors’ mental ill-health and its impacts on the workforce and patient care: the Care Under Pressure realist review (2020)
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Carrieri, D., Pearson, M., Mattick, K., Papoutsi, C., Briscoe, S., Wong, G., & Jackson, M. (in press). Interventions to minimise doctors’ mental ill-health and its impacts on the workforce and patient care: the Care Under Pressure realist review. Health Services and Delivery Research, 8(19), 1-132. https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr08190

Background The growing incidence of mental ill-health in health professionals, including doctors, is a global concern. Although a large body of literature exists on interventions that offer support, advice and/or treatment to sick doctors, it has no... Read More about Interventions to minimise doctors’ mental ill-health and its impacts on the workforce and patient care: the Care Under Pressure realist review.

A dyadic growth modeling approach to examine associations between weight gain and lung function decline: The NHLBI Pooled Cohorts Study (2020)
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Cornelius, T., Schwartz, J. E., Balte, P., Bhatt, S. P., Cassano, P. A., Currow, D., …Oelsner, E. C. (in press). A dyadic growth modeling approach to examine associations between weight gain and lung function decline: The NHLBI Pooled Cohorts Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwaa059

The relationship between body weight and lung function is complex. Using a dyadic multilevel linear modeling approach, treating body mass index (BMI) and lung function as paired, within-person outcomes, we test the hypothesis that individuals with mo... Read More about A dyadic growth modeling approach to examine associations between weight gain and lung function decline: The NHLBI Pooled Cohorts Study.


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