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Differences in Symptom Clusters Identified Using Ratings of Symptom Occurrence Versus Severity in Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

May 19, 2017 - 12:00am
An important question in symptom clusters research is whether the number and types of symptom clusters vary based on the specific dimension of the symptom experience used to create the clusters.
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Distinguishing between spiritual distress, general distress, spiritual well-being, and spiritual pain among cancer patients during oncology treatment

May 19, 2017 - 12:00am
Spiritual distress is present in ∼25% of oncology patients. We examined the extent to which this measure is identical to a variety of other measures, such as spiritual well-being, spiritual injury, spiritual pain, and general distress.
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Cancer Treatment Side Effects: A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Response Expectancies and Experience

May 19, 2017 - 12:00am
Although previous research has, overall, suggested a moderate relationship between response expectancies (REs) and cancer treatment-related side-effects, empirical results have been mixed.
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Randomized evaluation of cognitive-behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy for post-cancer fatigue.

May 11, 2017 - 12:00am
To evaluate the outcomes of a randomized controlled trial, which assigned patients with post-cancer fatigue (PCF) to education, or 12-weeks of integrated cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET).
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Effect of psychiatric illness on acute care utilization at end of life from serious medical illness

May 9, 2017 - 12:00am
Little is known about psychiatric illness and utilization of end-of-life care.
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Perceived Family Functioning Predicts Baseline Psychosocial Characteristics in U.S. Participants of a Family Focused Grief Therapy Trial

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Screening and baseline data on 170 American families (620 individuals), selected by screening from a palliative care population for inclusion in a RCT of Family Focused Grief Therapy (FFGT), were examined to determine whether family dysfunction conferred higher levels of psychosocial morbidity. We hypothesized that greater family dysfunction would indeed be associated with poorer psychosocial outcomes among palliative care patients and their family members.
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End of life place of care, health care settings and health care transitions among cancer patients: impact of an integrated Cancer Palliative Care plan

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Frequent end-of-life health care setting transitions can lead to an increased risk of fragmented care and exposure to unnecessary treatments.
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Impact of Undertreatment of Cancer Pain with Analgesic Drugs on Patient Outcomes: A Nationwide Survey of Outpatient Cancer Patient Care in Taiwan

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Undertreatment of cancer pain among outpatient cancer patients needs to be addressed to enhance care and improve patients’ quality of life.
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Off-label Medication Use in the Inpatient Palliative Care Unit

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Although off-label medications are frequently prescribed in palliative care, there are no published studies examining their use in the United States.
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Gait Speed and Survival in Patients with Brain Metastases

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Accurate estimation of life expectancy in patients with brain metastases is critical for counselling and choosing appropriate therapy. Performance status is the single greatest determinant of overall survival in this population. However, current measures of performance status are subjective and often based on brief clinical encounters. Gait speed is an objective, reliable predictor of overall health and survival.
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Is higher acceptance associated with less anticipatory grief among patients in palliative care?

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Patients in palliative care can experience substantial psychological suffering. Acceptance based interventions from approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have demonstrated effectiveness in helping people cope with a range of life challenges. However, there is a dearth of research examining mechanisms of therapeutic change for patients in palliative care.
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“I Just Felt Like I Was Stuck in the Middle”: Physician Assistants’ Experiences Communicating with Terminally Ill Patients and their Families in the Acute Care Setting

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Terminally ill hospitalized patients and their families consistently rank effective communication and shared decision-making among their top priorities. Advance Practice Providers such as Physician Assistants (PAs) are increasingly providing care in the hospital setting and are often called to communicate with patients and families. A first step to improving PA communication is to better understand PAs’ current experiences in their daily practices.
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Self-Reported Bothersome Symptoms Across Different Socioepidemiological Groups of People Living with HIV Attending French Hospitals: Results from the ANRS-VESPA2 Survey

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Twenty years after the advent of combined antiretroviral therapies (cART), there is a growing need for up-to-date information about the daily experience of people living with HIV (PLWH).
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Validation of the Persian version of the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI-P) in chronic pain patients

May 4, 2017 - 12:00am
Chronic pain needs to be evaluated with a standard instrument. The Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) is a pain assessment tool which has been validated in many languages.
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May 1, 2017 - 12:00am
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Editorial Board

May 1, 2017 - 12:00am
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Sacred Moments: Palliative Care as Lived Experience

April 28, 2017 - 12:00am
What is the meaning of medicine, nursing, chaplaincy, or social work? What is the value of these practices? What does it mean to care for the dying? What does hope really mean? These are spiritual questions...for all healthcare professionals who take both being a practitioner and being a person very seriously. 1
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Comparing the palliative care needs of those with cancer to those with common non-cancer serious illness

April 27, 2017 - 12:00am
Historically, palliative care has been focused on those with cancer. While these ties persist, palliative care is rapidly integrating into the care of patients with common, non-cancer serious illnesses. Despite this, the bulk of literature informing palliative care practices stems from the care of cancer patients.
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Financial Incentives to Increase Advance Care Planning Among Medicaid Beneficiaries: Lessons Learned from Two Pragmatic Randomized Trials

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am
Medicaid populations have low rates of advance care planning (ACP). Potential policy interventions include financial incentives.
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Effects of End-of-Life Discussions on the Mental Health of Bereaved Family Members and Quality of Patient Death and Care

April 24, 2017 - 12:00am
End-of-life discussions are crucial for providing appropriate care to patients with advanced cancer at the end of their lives.
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