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A life or “good death” situation? A worldwide ecological study of the national contexts of countries that have and have not implemented palliative care (2018)
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Clark, J., Barnes, A., Campbell, M., & Gardiner, C. (2019). A life or “good death” situation? A worldwide ecological study of the national contexts of countries that have and have not implemented palliative care. Journal of pain and symptom management, 57(4), 793-801. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.12.007

Context Palliative care advocates argue that service implementation is feasible in all settings. Yet, services have developed patchily in low- and middle-income settings. Beyond Human Development Index indicators, there has been limited engagement w... Read More about A life or “good death” situation? A worldwide ecological study of the national contexts of countries that have and have not implemented palliative care.

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 about Finding a ‘new normal’ following acute illness: A qualitative study of influences on frail older people’s care preferences.

Predictors and trajectory of performance status in patients with advanced cancer: A secondary data analysis of the international European Palliative Care Cancer Symptom study (2018)
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Boland, J. W., Allgar, V., Boland, E. G., Kaasa, S., Hjermstad, M. J., & Johnson, M. J. (2019). Predictors and trajectory of performance status in patients with advanced cancer: A secondary data analysis of the international European Palliative Care Cancer Symptom study. Palliative medicine, 33(2), 206-212. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318811011

Background: Performance status, a predictor of cancer survival, and ability to maintain independent living deteriorate in advanced disease. Understanding predictors of performance status trajectory could help identify those at risk of functional det... Read More about Predictors and trajectory of performance status in patients with advanced cancer: A secondary data analysis of the international European Palliative Care Cancer Symptom study.

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 about Symptoms and concerns among children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions: A systematic review highlighting meaningful health outcomes.

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 about The conceptual models and mechanisms of action that underpin advance care planning for cancer patients: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials.

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, https://doi.org/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 about Clinical decision-making at the end of life: A mixed-methods study.

Systematic literature review on the delays in the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cluster headache (2018)
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Buture, A., Ahmed, F., Dikomitis, L., & Boland, J. W. (2018). Systematic literature review on the delays in the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cluster headache. Neurological Sciences, 40(1), 25–39. doi:10.1007/s10072-018-3598-5

Introduction Patients with cluster headache (CH), the most common trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia, often face delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis and mismanagement. Objectives To identify, appraise and synthesise clinical studies on the delays in diagn... Read More about Systematic literature review on the delays in the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cluster headache.

The Palliative Radiotherapy and Inflammation Study (PRAIS) - protocol for a longitudinal observational multicenter study on patients with cancer induced bone pain (2018)
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Habberstad, R., Frøseth, T. C. S., Aass, N., Abramova, T., Baas, T., Mørkeset, S. T., …Klepstad, P. (2018). The Palliative Radiotherapy and Inflammation Study (PRAIS) - protocol for a longitudinal observational multicenter study on patients with cancer induced bone pain. BMC Palliative Care, 17(1), doi:10.1186/s12904-018-0362-9

Background Radiation therapy (RT) results in pain relief for about 6 of 10 patients with cancer induced bone pain (CIBP) caused by bone metastases. The high number of non-responders, the long median time from RT to pain response and the risk of adver... Read More about The Palliative Radiotherapy and Inflammation Study (PRAIS) - protocol for a longitudinal observational multicenter study on patients with cancer induced bone pain.

National comparative audit of red blood cell transfusion practice in hospices: Recommendations for palliative care practice (2018)
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Neoh, K., Gray, R., Grant-Casey, J., Estcourt, L., Malia, C., Boland, J. W., & Bennett, M. I. (2019). National comparative audit of red blood cell transfusion practice in hospices: Recommendations for palliative care practice. Palliative medicine, 33(1), 102-108. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318801755

Background: Red blood cell transfusions are commonly used in palliative care to treat anaemia or symptoms caused by anaemia. In patients with advanced disease, there is little evidence of benefit to guide treatment decisions in the face of increased... Read More about National comparative audit of red blood cell transfusion practice in hospices: Recommendations for palliative care practice.

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 about Does advance care planning in addition to usual care reduce hospitalisation for patients with advanced heart failure: A systematic review and narrative synthesis.

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. https://doi.org/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 about What are the patterns of compliance with Early Warning Track and Trigger Tools: A narrative review.

Advance care planning with patients who have end-stage kidney disease: A systematic realist review (2018)
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O'Halloran, P., Noble, H., Norwood, K., Maxwell, P., Shields, J., Fogarty, D., …Brazil, K. (2018). Advance care planning with patients who have end-stage kidney disease: A systematic realist review. Journal of pain and symptom management, 56(5), 795-807.e18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.07.008

Context Patients with end-stage kidney disease have a high mortality rate and disease burden. Despite this, many do not speak with health care professionals about end-of-life issues. Advance care planning is recommended in this context but is complex... Read More about Advance care planning with patients who have end-stage kidney disease: A systematic realist review.

Reframing global palliative care advocacy for the sustainable development goal era: A qualitative study of the views of international palliative care experts (2018)
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Clark, J., Barnes, A., & Gardiner, C. (2018). Reframing global palliative care advocacy for the sustainable development goal era: A qualitative study of the views of international palliative care experts. Journal of pain and symptom management, 56(3), 363-370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.06.009

Context The World Health Assembly Palliative Care Resolution in 2014 and the inclusion of palliative care within the sustainable development goals raised optimism that palliative care would no longer be a peripheral aspect of global health. However,... Read More about Reframing global palliative care advocacy for the sustainable development goal era: A qualitative study of the views of international palliative care experts.

In silico (computed) modelling of doses and dosing regimens associated with morphine levels above international legal driving limits (2018)
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Boland, J. W., Johnson, M., Ferreira, D., & Berry, D. J. (2018). In silico (computed) modelling of doses and dosing regimens associated with morphine levels above international legal driving limits. Palliative medicine, 32(7), 1222-1232. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318773956

Background: Morphine can cause central nervous system side effects which impair driving skills. The legal blood morphine concentration limit for driving is 20 µg/L in France/Poland/Netherlands and 80 µg/L in England/Wales. There is no guidance as to... Read More about In silico (computed) modelling of doses and dosing regimens associated with morphine levels above international legal driving limits.

The impact of therapeutic opioid agonists on driving-related psychomotor skills assessed by a driving simulator or an on-road driving task: A systematic review (2018)
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Ferreira, D. H., Boland, J. W., Phillips, J. L., Lam, L., & Currow, D. C. (2018). The impact of therapeutic opioid agonists on driving-related psychomotor skills assessed by a driving simulator or an on-road driving task: A systematic review. Palliative medicine, 32(4), 786-803. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216317746583

BACKGROUND: Driving cessation is associated with poor health-related outcomes. People with chronic diseases are often prescribed long-term opioid agonists that have the potential to impair driving. Studies evaluating the impact of opioids on driving... Read More about The impact of therapeutic opioid agonists on driving-related psychomotor skills assessed by a driving simulator or an on-road driving task: A systematic review.


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