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Symptom burden and lived experiences of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals on the management of malignant bowel obstruction: A qualitative systematic review (2022)
Journal Article
Baddeley, E., Mann, M., Bravington, A., Johnson, M. J., Currow, D., Murtagh, F. E., …Noble, S. (in press). Symptom burden and lived experiences of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals on the management of malignant bowel obstruction: A qualitative systematic review. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/02692163221081331

Background: Malignant bowel obstruction occurs in up to 50% of people with advanced ovarian and 15% of people with gastrointestinal cancers. Evaluation and comparison of interventions to manage symptoms are hampered by inconsistent evaluations of eff... Read More about Symptom burden and lived experiences of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals on the management of malignant bowel obstruction: A qualitative systematic review.

COVID-19: Impact on Pediatric Palliative Care (2022)
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Scott, H. M., Coombes, L., Braybrook, D., Roach, A., Harðardóttir, D., Bristowe, K., …Harding, R. (in press). COVID-19: Impact on Pediatric Palliative Care. Journal of pain and symptom management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.02.330

Context: Children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families are potentially vulnerable during COVID-19 lockdowns due to pre-existing high clinical support needs and social participation limitations. Objecti... Read More about COVID-19: Impact on Pediatric Palliative Care.

Experiences of staff providing specialist palliative care during COVID-19: a multiple qualitative case study (2022)
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Bradshaw, A., Dunleavy, L., Garner, I., Preston, N., Bajwah, S., Cripps, R., …CovPall study team. (in press). Experiences of staff providing specialist palliative care during COVID-19: a multiple qualitative case study. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/01410768221077366

Objective: To explore the experiences of, and impact on, staff working in palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Design: Qualitative multiple case study using semi-structured interviews between November 2020 and April 2021 as part of the CovPa... Read More about Experiences of staff providing specialist palliative care during COVID-19: a multiple qualitative case study.

Conceptualising effective symptom management in palliative care: a novel model derived from qualitative data (2022)
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Chapman, E. J., Pini, S., Edwards, Z., Elmokhallalati, Y., Murtagh, F. E., & Bennett, M. I. (2022). Conceptualising effective symptom management in palliative care: a novel model derived from qualitative data. BMC Palliative Care, 21(1), Article 17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12904-022-00904-9

BACKGROUND: Pain, breathlessness and fatigue are some of the most challenging symptoms to manage in patients with advanced disease. Specialist palliative care leads to better symptom management, but factors contributing to successful symptom manageme... Read More about Conceptualising effective symptom management in palliative care: a novel model derived from qualitative data.

Concurrent validity and prognostic utility of the Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease Heart Failure (2022)
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King, C., Khamis, A., Ross, J., Murtagh, F. E., Johnson, M. J., & Ramsenthaler, C. (in press). Concurrent validity and prognostic utility of the Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease Heart Failure. Journal of pain and symptom management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.01.014

Context: People with advanced heart failure have supportive and palliative needs requiring systematic assessment. Objectives: We aimed to assess the validity of the Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease – Heart Failure (NAT:PD-HF). Methods: Seco... Read More about Concurrent validity and prognostic utility of the Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease Heart Failure.

Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on delivery of rehabilitation in specialist palliative care services: An analysis of the CovPall-Rehab survey data (2021)
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Bayly, J., Bradshaw, A., Fettes, L., Omarjee, M., Talbot-Rice, H., Walshe, C., …Maddocks, M. (in press). Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on delivery of rehabilitation in specialist palliative care services: An analysis of the CovPall-Rehab survey data. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/02692163211063397

Background: Palliative rehabilitation involves multi-professional processes and interventions aimed at optimising patients’ symptom self-management, independence and social participation throughout advanced illness. Rehabilitation services were highl... Read More about Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on delivery of rehabilitation in specialist palliative care services: An analysis of the CovPall-Rehab survey data.

Communication of poor prognosis between secondary and primary care: protocol for a systematic review with narrative synthesis (2021)
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Pocock, L. V., Purdy, S., Barclay, S., Murtagh, F. E., & Selman, L. E. (2021). Communication of poor prognosis between secondary and primary care: protocol for a systematic review with narrative synthesis. BMJ open, 11(12), Article e055731. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055731

Introduction People dying in Britain spend, on average, 3 weeks of their last year of life in hospital. Hospital discharge presents an opportunity for secondary care clinicians to communicate to general practitioners (GPs) which patients may have a p... Read More about Communication of poor prognosis between secondary and primary care: protocol for a systematic review with narrative synthesis.

Change in Activity of Palliative Care Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Multinational Survey (CovPall) (2021)
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Sleeman, K. E., Cripps, R. L., Murtagh, F. E., Oluyase, A. O., Hocaoglu, M. B., Maddocks, M., …on behalf of the CovPall Study Team. (2022). Change in Activity of Palliative Care Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Multinational Survey (CovPall). Journal of palliative medicine, 25(3), 465-471. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2021.0315

Objectives: To identify factors associated with palliative care services being busier during Covid-19. Methods: Cross-sectional online survey of UK palliative care services (April to July 2020) (CovPall). Ethical approval was received from King's Col... Read More about Change in Activity of Palliative Care Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Multinational Survey (CovPall).

Using and implementing individual-level outcome measures in palliative care settings: a reflective commentary (2021)
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Bradshaw, A., Pearson, M., & Murtagh, F. (2021). Using and implementing individual-level outcome measures in palliative care settings: a reflective commentary. Rivista italiana di cure palliative, 23(4), 197-204. https://doi.org/10.1726/3702.36924

Individual-level outcome measures are an important aspect of palliative care. They are tools that can drive high-quality, person-centred care through providing healthcare professionals and services with valuable information about the patients we see... Read More about Using and implementing individual-level outcome measures in palliative care settings: a reflective commentary.

Specialist palliative care services response to ethnic minority groups with COVID-19: equal but inequitable—an observational study (2021)
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Bajwah, S., Koffman, J., Hussain, J., Bradshaw, A., Hocaoglu, M. B., Fraser, L. K., …Murtagh, F. E. M. (2021). Specialist palliative care services response to ethnic minority groups with COVID-19: equal but inequitable—an observational study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, bmjspcare-2021-003083. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003083

Objectives: To develop insights into response of palliative care services caring for people from ethnic minority groups during COVID-19. Methods: Cross-sectional online survey of UK palliative care services response to COVID-19. Quantitative data w... Read More about Specialist palliative care services response to ethnic minority groups with COVID-19: equal but inequitable—an observational study.