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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. (in press). Morphine for the symptomatic reduction of chronic breathlessness: the case for controlled release. Current opinion in supportive and palliative care,

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.

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.

Opioids for breathlessness: a narrative review (2020)
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Johnson, M., & Currow, D. (in press). Opioids for breathlessness: a narrative review. BMJ supportive & palliative care,

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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Baddeley, E., Bravington, A., Johnson, M., Currow, D., Murtagh, F., Boland, E., …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.

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.

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.

Title: A systematic review of the psychological concerns of Indian women with breast cancer living in different national contexts: the importance of culturally congruent care (2020)
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Daniel, S., Clark, J., Gnanapragasam, S., Venkateswaran, C., & Jane Johnson, M. (in press). Title: A systematic review of the psychological concerns of Indian women with breast cancer living in different national contexts: the importance of culturally congruent care. BMJ supportive & palliative care,

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 Title: A systematic review of the psychological concerns of Indian women with breast cancer living in different national contexts: the importance of culturally congruent care.

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.

Living In The Movement: An Ethnographic Exploration Of Hospice Patients' Experiences Of Participating In Tai Chi (2020)
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Bradshaw, A., Phoenix, C., & Shaunna, B. (2020). Living In The Movement: An Ethnographic Exploration Of Hospice Patients' Experiences Of Participating In Tai Chi. Psychology of sport and exercise, 49, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101687

Purpose: Tai Chi is increasingly being used as a complimentary therapy in hospice care to help patients self-manage multiple and complex health needs. However, currently there is limited understanding of Tai Chi from patients’ perspective, including... Read More about Living In The Movement: An Ethnographic Exploration Of Hospice Patients' Experiences Of Participating In Tai Chi.

Towards person-centred quality care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illness: Self-reported symptoms, concerns and priority outcomes from a multi-country qualitative study (2020)
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Namisango, E., Bristowe, K., Murtagh, F. E., Downing, J., Powell, R. A., Abas, M., …Harding, R. (2020). Towards person-centred quality care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illness: Self-reported symptoms, concerns and priority outcomes from a multi-country qualitative study. Palliative medicine, 34(3), 319-335. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319900137

© The Author(s) 2020. Background: Paediatric life-limiting and life-threatening conditions (life-limiting conditions) place significant strain on children, families and health systems. Given high service use among this population, it is essential tha... Read More about Towards person-centred quality care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illness: Self-reported symptoms, concerns and priority outcomes from a multi-country qualitative study.

Understanding usual care in randomised controlled trials of complex interventions: A multi-method approach (2020)
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Evans, C. J., Yorganci, E., Evans, C. J., Johnson, H., Barclay, S., Murtagh, F. E., …Koffman, J. (2020). Understanding usual care in randomised controlled trials of complex interventions: A multi-method approach. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216320905064

Background Evaluations of complex interventions compared to usual care provided in palliative care are increasing. Not describing usual care may affect the interpretation of an intervention’s effectiveness, yet how it can be described remains unclear... Read More about Understanding usual care in randomised controlled trials of complex interventions: A multi-method approach.

Supportive care for end-stage kidney disease: an integral part of kidney services across a range of income settings around the world (2020)
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Hole, B., Hemmelgarn, B., Brown, E., Brown, M., McCulloch, M. I., Zuniga, C., …Caskey, F. J. (2020). Supportive care for end-stage kidney disease: an integral part of kidney services across a range of income settings around the world. Kidney International Supplements, 10(1), e86-e94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kisu.2019.11.008

© 2020 International Society of Nephrology A key component of treatment for all people with advanced kidney disease is supportive care, which aims to improve quality of life and can be provided alongside therapies intended to prolong life, such as di... Read More about Supportive care for end-stage kidney disease: an integral part of kidney services across a range of income settings around the world.

‘Hospice inpatient deep vein thrombosis detection (HIDDen) in advanced non-malignant diseases’: a longitudinal pilot study (2020)
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White, C., Noble, S., Swan, F., Watson, M., Allgar, V., Napier, E., …Johnson, M. J. (2020). ‘Hospice inpatient deep vein thrombosis detection (HIDDen) in advanced non-malignant diseases’: a longitudinal pilot study. BMJ supportive & palliative care, bmjspcare-2019-002039. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002039

Objectives To gain preliminary data regarding the prevalence of proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in those with non-malignant conditions admitted to specialist palliative care units (SPCUs). Methods Data were collected as part of a prospective l... Read More about ‘Hospice inpatient deep vein thrombosis detection (HIDDen) in advanced non-malignant diseases’: a longitudinal pilot study.

Minimal clinically important differences in average, best, worst and current intensity and unpleasantness of chronic breathlessness (2020)
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Ekström, M., Johnson, M. J., Huang, C., & Currow, D. C. (2020). Minimal clinically important differences in average, best, worst and current intensity and unpleasantness of chronic breathlessness. European respiratory journal, 55(5), https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02202-2019

Background: Chronic breathlessness has devastating consequences. The minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for current intensity has been estimated as 9mm on a 100mm visual analogue scale (VAS). We aimed to determine MCIDs for commonly used... Read More about Minimal clinically important differences in average, best, worst and current intensity and unpleasantness of chronic breathlessness.

Openness Personality Trait Associated With Benefit From a Nonpharmacological Breathlessness Intervention in People With Intrathoracic Cancer: An Exploratory Analysis (2020)
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Johnson, M. J., Nabb, S., Booth, S., & Kanaan, M. (2020). Openness Personality Trait Associated With Benefit From a Nonpharmacological Breathlessness Intervention in People With Intrathoracic Cancer: An Exploratory Analysis. Journal of pain and symptom management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.01.006

Context: Breathlessness is common in people with lung cancer. Non-pharmacological breathlessness interventions reduce ‘distress due to’ and increase ‘mastery over’ breathlessness. Objectives: Identify patient characteristics associated with respons... Read More about Openness Personality Trait Associated With Benefit From a Nonpharmacological Breathlessness Intervention in People With Intrathoracic Cancer: An Exploratory Analysis.


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