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Social and clinical determinants of preferences and their achievement at the end of life: Prospective cohort study of older adults receiving palliative care in three countries (2017)
Journal Article
Higginson, I. J., Bennett, E., Daveson, B. A., Cooper, F., Morrison, R. S., Yi, D., …Wei, G. (2017). Social and clinical determinants of preferences and their achievement at the end of life: Prospective cohort study of older adults receiving palliative care in three countries. BMC Geriatrics, 17(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-017-0648-4

© 2017 The Author(s). Background: Achieving choice is proposed as a quality marker. But little is known about what influences preferences especially among older adults. We aimed to determine and compare, across three countries, factors associated wit... Read More

The independent association of overweight and obesity with breathlessness in adults: a cross-sectional, population-based study (2017)
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Currow, D. C., Dal Grande, E., Sidhu, C., Ekström, M., & Johnson, M. J. (2017). The independent association of overweight and obesity with breathlessness in adults: a cross-sectional, population-based study. The European respiratory journal, 50(3), https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.00558-2017

Obesity is an independent risk factor for chronic breathlessness and should be assessed in people with this symptom.

Care of the dying : a qualitative exploration of foundation year doctors’ experiences (2017)
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Redman, M., Pearce, J., Gajebasia, S., Johnson, M., & Finn, G. (2017). Care of the dying : a qualitative exploration of foundation year doctors’ experiences. Medical Education, 51(10), 1025-1036. https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.13358

Context Foundation Year doctors (FYs), who are newly qualified, are expected to provide care for dying patients. Experiences at this early mandatory stage of training may form the foundation for future encounters, but little is documented about wha... Read More

A pragmatic, phase III, multisite, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-arm, dose increment randomised trial of regular, low-dose extended-release morphine for chronic breathlessness: Breathlessness, Exertion And Morphine Sulfate (BEAMS) study proto (2017)
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Currow, D., Watts, G. J., Johnson, M., McDonald, C. F., Miners, J. O., Somogyi, A. A., …Ekström, M. (2017). A pragmatic, phase III, multisite, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-arm, dose increment randomised trial of regular, low-dose extended-release morphine for chronic breathlessness: Breathlessness, Exertion And Morphine Sulfate (BEAMS) study protocol. BMJ open, 7(7), 1-18. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018100

© Article author(s). Introduction Chronic breathlessness is highly prevalent and distressing to patients and families. No medication is registered for its symptomatic reduction. The strongest evidence is for regular, low-dose, extended-release (ER) o... Read More

Influence of opioids on immune function in patients with cancer pain: from bench to bedside (2017)
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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

Determinants of hospital death in haematological cancers: findings from a qualitative study (2017)
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McCaughan, D., Roman, E., Smith, A. G., Garry, A., Johnson, M., Patmore, R., …Howell, D. A. (2018). Determinants of hospital death in haematological cancers: findings from a qualitative study. BMJ supportive & palliative care, 8(1), 78-86. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001289

© Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. Objectives: Current UK health policy promotes enabling people to die in a place they choose, which for most is home. Despite this, patients with haema... Read More

Effect of opioids and benzodiazepines on clinical outcomes in patients receiving palliative care: an exploratory analysis (2017)
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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

How many people will need palliative care in 2040? Past trends, future projections and implications for services (2017)
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Etkind, S. N., Bone, A. E., Gomes, B., Lovell, N., Evans, C. J., Higginson, I. J., & Murtagh, F. E. M. (2017). How many people will need palliative care in 2040? Past trends, future projections and implications for services. BMC medicine, 15(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-017-0860-2

Background: Current estimates suggest that approximately 75% of people approaching the end-of-life may benefit from palliative care. The growing numbers of older people and increasing prevalence of chronic illness in many countries mean that more peo... Read More

What influences the presentation of patients with chronic breathlessness to the Emergency Department? A mixed methods study (2017)
Thesis
Hutchinson, A. (2017). What influences the presentation of patients with chronic breathlessness to the Emergency Department? A mixed methods study. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from https://hull-repository...tribe.com/output/497045

Background: Chronic breathlessness is a common and distressing symptom of many long-term cardiorespiratory conditions and cancers which are highly prevalent in both the UK and worldwide. It is associated with presentation to the emergency department... Read More

A systematic review of the effectiveness of palliative interventions to treat rectal tenesmus in cancer (2017)
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Ní Laoire, Á., Fettes, L., & Murtagh, F. E. (2017). A systematic review of the effectiveness of palliative interventions to treat rectal tenesmus in cancer. Palliative medicine, 31(10), 975-981. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216317697897

Background: Rectal tenesmus is a distressing symptom in patients with advanced cancer and challenging to treat. There is lack of consensus on the appropriate management of tenesmus in this patient population. Aim: To identify and examine the effecti... Read More

Development of a patient-reported palliative care-specific health classification system: the POS-E (2017)
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Murtagh, F. E. M., Murtagh, F. E., Dzingina, M., Higginson, I. J., McCrone, P., & Murtagh, F. (2017). Development of a patient-reported palliative care-specific health classification system: the POS-E. Patient, 10(3), 353-365. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40271-017-0224-1

Background Generic preference-based measures are commonly used to estimate quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) to inform resource-allocation decisions. However, concerns have been raised that generic measures may be inappropriate in palliative care.... Read More

Multiple myeloma: routes to diagnosis, clinical characteristics and survival - findings from a UK population-based study (2017)
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Howell, D., Smith, A., Appleton, S., Bagguley, T., Macleod, U., Cook, G., …Roman, E. (2017). Multiple myeloma: routes to diagnosis, clinical characteristics and survival - findings from a UK population-based study. British journal of haematology, 177(1), 67-71. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjh.14513

Prompt cancer diagnosis may align UK survival with European averages. We examined the impact of route to diagnosis on survival for multiple myeloma patients diagnosed 2012–2013 using data from our population-based patient cohort that links to nationa... Read More

Palliative care and Parkinson's disease : meeting summary and recommendations for clinical research (2017)
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Kluger, B. M., Galifianakis, N. B., Carter, J. H., Johnson, M. J., Richfield, E. W., Kutner, J. S., …Miyasaki, J. (2017). Palliative care and Parkinson's disease : meeting summary and recommendations for clinical research. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 37, (19-26). doi:10.1016/j.parkreldis.2017.01.008. ISSN 1353-8020

Introduction: Palliative care is an approach to caring for patients and families affected by serious illnesses that focuses on the relief of suffering through the management of medical symptoms, psychosocial issues, advance care planning and spiritua... Read More