Pc-facs
PC-FACS (Fast Article Critical Summaries for Clinicians in Palliative Care) provides hospice and palliative care clinicians with concise summaries of the most important findings from more than 100 medical and scientific journals. If you have colleagues who would benefit from receiving PCFACS, please encourage them to join the AAHPM at aahpm.org. Comments from readers are welcomed at pc-facs@aahpm.org. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 17, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Mellar P. Davis Source Type: research

Physicians ’ Attitudes Towards Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide In Italy
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are matter of discussion all over the world 1. In Italy, many cases raised by media recently provided the impetus for a new law regulating the living will. Of concern, it has been recently reported that there is a lack of knowledge among patients about the meaning of end-of-life issues 2. Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia have been increasingly debated in the public arena, and in some European countries, legislation exists to regulate these end-of-life issues 3. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 17, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Giulia Degan, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli, “Home Care Italy” group (HOCAI group) Source Type: research

Fidelity and feasibility of a brief emergency department intervention to empower adults with serious illness to initiate advance care planning conversations
Emergency Department (ED) visits provide opportunities to empower patients to discuss advance care planning (ACP) with their outpatient clinicians, but systematically developed, feasible interventions do not currently exist. Brief negotiated interview (BNI) interventions, which allow ED clinicians to efficiently motivate patients, have potential to meet this need. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 14, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Richard E. Leiter, Miryam Yusufov, Mohammad Adrian Hasdianda, Lauren A. Fellion, Audrey C. Reust, Susan D. Block, James A. Tulsky, Kei Ouchi Source Type: research

Walking but not talking: Laryngeal separation as a novel approach to improve quality of life in bulbar amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Patients diagnosed with bulbar amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) inevitably experience acute aspiration due to progressive facial and laryngeal weakness. As they develop complete dysphagia and loss of speech, patients with bulbar ALS often experience a sensation of “drowning” with acute life-threatening airway obstruction during these aspiration events. Here we present a case of utilizing laryngotracheal separation (LTS) as a strategy to eliminate oropharyngeal aspiration with the goal of improving symptom management in a patient with bulbar ALS. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 14, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Julia L. Agne, Kavitha P. Norton Source Type: research

Pain and Emergency Department Use in the Last Month of Life Among Older Adults with Dementia
Pain may be a potentially modifiable risk factor for expensive and burdensome Emergency Department (ED) visits near the end-of-life for older adults with dementia. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 14, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Lauren J. Hunt, Christine S. Ritchie, Janine K. Cataldo, Kanan Patel, Caroline E. Stephens, Alexander K. Smith Source Type: research

Editorial Board
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 11, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Source Type: research

Table of Contents
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 11, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Source Type: research

Managing medicines for patients dying at home: A review of family caregivers ’ experiences
Increased life expectancy, technical advances in treatment and symptom control, and the extension of palliative care in community settings not only lengthen life, but make it possible for many patients to be cared for, and to die, at home. Moreover, death increasingly occurs in late old age and after a prolonged period of co-morbidity and/or frailty. This has far reaching consequences for the way that professional services are resourced and organised, and for the informal carers who are often responsible for providing the greater part of patient care, including management of complex medication regimes. (Source: Journal of ...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 11, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Eleanor Wilson, Glenys Caswell, Nicola Turner, Kristian Pollock Tags: Review Article Source Type: research

Breakthrough Medication in Unresponsive Palliative Care Patients: indications, practice and efficacy
An unresponsive patient ’s need and their response to breakthrough medication is determined by clinical assessment and/or observational measures. How closely these methods match the patient’s experience is unknown. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Michael Barbato, Greg Barclay, Jan Potter, Wilf Yeo Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Spiritual Well Being Among Palliative Care Patients with Different Religious Affiliations: A Multicenter Korean Study
Spiritual well-being (SWB) is very important in palliative care patients. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Seok Joon Yoon, Sang-Yeon Suh, Sun Hyun Kim, Jeanno Park, Yu Jung Kim, Beodeul Kang, Youngmin Park, Jung Hye Kwon, Kwonoh Park, Dong Wook Shin, Hyeon Jeong Kim, Hong-Yup Ahn, David Hui Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Defining Core Competencies for Generalist-Level Palliative Social Work
Care provided to seriously ill patients by front-line social workers is a component of generalist-level palliative care. The core competencies for high-quality generalist-level palliative social work are necessary to promote training curricula and best practices but have not yet been defined in the U.S. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Myra Glajchen, Cathy Berkman, Shirley Otis-Green, Gary L. Stein, Tom Sedgwick, Mercedes Bern-Klug, Grace Christ, Ellen Csikai, Deirdre Downes, Susan Gerbino, Barbara Head, Debra Parker-Oliver, Deborah Waldrop, Russell K. Portenoy Source Type: research

Advance care planning needs in patients with glioblastoma undergoing radiotherapy
Despite multimodality treatment including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, glioblastoma of the brain remains a terminal and life-altering diagnosis, with a median survival of less than 2 years. Patients with glioblastoma have the concurrent diagnoses of a cancer and a progressive neurological disease, and often have a high burden of associated symptoms that not only impair the patient ’s quality of life but also decision-making capacity. At diagnosis, about half of patients with primary malignant brain tumors including glioblastoma already have compromised medical-decision making capacity due to cognitive impairm...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - September 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Erqi Pollom, Katherine Sborov, Scott G. Soltys, Steven M. Asch, Rebecca Sudore, Rebecca A. Aslakson Source Type: research

Measuring the Symptom Experience of Patients with Cancer in Indonesia: Cross-cultural Adaptation and Validation of the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Indonesian Version
Little is known about cancer-related symptoms in terms of prevalence, severity, and distress among patients with cancer in Indonesia due to a lack of a valid and reliable scale. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 31, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Haryani, Yu-Yun Hsu, Sri Warsini, Shan-Tair Wang Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Hyoscine butylbromide for the management of death rattle: sooner rather than later
Death rattle is a dramatic sign in the dying patient. Existing studies with anticholinergic agents are controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of hyoscine butylbromide (HB), given prophylactically in comparsion with HB administered once death rattle occurs. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 30, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Sebastiano Mercadante, Franco Marinangeli, Francesco Masedu, Marco Valenti, Domenico Russo, Laura Ursini, Alessia Massici, Federica Aielli Source Type: research

Phenotypic Characterization of Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy In Cancer Survivors
While paclitaxel is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat breast, ovarian, and lung cancers, little is known about the impact of paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy (PIPN) on cancer survivors. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 29, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Kord M. Kober, Melissa Mazor, Gary Abrams, Adam Olshen, Yvette P. Conley, Marilyn Hammer, Mark Schumacher, Margaret Chesney, Betty Smoot, Judy Mastick, Steven M. Paul, Jon D. Levine, Christine Miaskowski Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

A systematic assessment and monitoring intervention to improve pain management and quality reporting among home hospice patients
Validated and reproducible means to systematically improve pain documentation and outcomes in home-based hospice populations are generally lacking. This paper describes a novel, electronic medical record (EMR)-embedded pain monitoring and management program for home-based hospice patients. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 27, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: J. Cameron Muir, Malene S. Davis, Stephen Connor, Emily A. Kuhl, Perry G. Fine Tags: Brief Quality Improvement Reports Source Type: research

Improving Value of Care for Older Adults With Advanced Medical Illness and Functional Decline: Cost Analyses of a Home-Based Palliative Care Program
Identifying high-value health care delivery for patients with clinically complex and high-cost conditions is important for future reimbursement models. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 27, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Christina Y. Chen, James M. Naessens, Paul Y. Takahashi, Rozalina G. McCoy, Bijan J. Borah, Lynn S. Borkenhagen, Ashley K. Kimeu, Ricardo L. Rojas, Matt G. Johnson, Sue L. Visscher, Stephen S. Cha, Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir, Gregory J. Hanson Source Type: research

Patient, Caregiver and Taxpayer Knowledge of Palliative Care and Views on a Model of Community-Based Palliative Care
Palliative care model delivered by two large hospices and palliative care providers. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 24, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Nathan A. Boucher, Janet H. Bull, Sarah H. Cross, Christine Kirby, J. Kelly Davis, Donald H. Taylor Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Dyspnea in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Rasch-based development and validation of a patient-reported outcome (DALS-15)
Dyspnea is a cardinal but often underestimated symptom in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The lack of a satisfying assessment tool leads to diagnostic uncertainty and bears the risk that established life-prolonging and symptom relieving therapeutic options will not be adequately applied. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 23, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Susanne Vogt, Susanne Petri, Reinhard Dengler, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Stefan Vielhaber Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Caregivers ’ experiences with medical aid-in-dying in Vermont: a qualitative study
Eight jurisdictions in the United States currently permit medical aid-in-dying (AID), yet little is known about the direct experience of caregivers in supporting a loved one through the process. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 23, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Mara Buchbinder, Enioluwafe Ojo, Laila Knio, Elizabeth R. Brassfield Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Effects of shared decision making on distress and healthcare utilization among patients with lung cancer: a systematic review
Lung cancer is associated with significant distress, poor quality of life, and a median prognosis of less than one year. Benefits of shared decision making (SDM) have been described for multiple diseases, either by the use of decisions aids or as part of supportive care interventions. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 23, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: O.P. Geerse, M.E. Stegmann, H.A.M. Kerstjens, T.J.N. Hiltermann, M. Bakitas, C. Zimmermann, A.M. Deal, D. Brandenbarg, M.Y. Berger, A.J. Berendsen Source Type: research

Development of a Standard for Hospital-based Palliative Care Consultation Teams in Japan Using a Modified Delphi Method
Hospital-based palliative care consultation teams (PCCTs) are rapidly being disseminated throughout Japan. The roles of PCCTs have changed over the past decade, particularly with the introduction of a modified national cancer care act to promote early palliative care and integrated oncology and palliative care. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 23, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Akihiro Sakashita, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Masashi Kato, Nobuya Akizuki, Yoko Nakazawa, Mikiko Kaizu, Kazumi Yano, Tetsumi Sato, Akihiro Tokoro Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Characteristics associated with physical function trajectories in older adults with cancer during chemotherapy
Studies on physical function trajectories in older adults during chemotherapy remain limited. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 22, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Melisa L. Wong, Steven M. Paul, Judy Mastick, Christine Ritchie, Michael A. Steinman, Louise C. Walter, Christine Miaskowski Source Type: research

Third-Year Medical Students ’ Reactions to Surgical Patients in Pain: Doubt, Distress and Depersonalization
Medical students have limited instruction about how to manage the interpersonal relationships required to care for patients in pain. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 22, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Kimberly E. Kopecky, Tiffany J. Zens, Pasithorn A. Suwanabol, Margaret L. Schwarze Source Type: research

Hospice Underutilization in the United States: The Misalignment of Regulatory Policy and Clinical Reality
After three and a half decades of experience with the Medicare Hospice Benefit in the United States, despite excellent quality outcomes in symptom management, patient and family satisfaction, and reduction in healthcare costs, only 12-15% of beneficiaries ’ days during the last year of life are spent being cared for within the highly cost-effective interdisciplinary coordinated advanced illness care model known as hospice. Although there are many reasons for this, including difficulties in acknowledging mortality among patients, their families, and physicians, a significant cause of low overall hospice utilization an...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 22, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Perry G. Fine Tags: Special Article Source Type: research

Pc-facs
PC-FACS (Fast Article Critical Summaries for Clinicians in Palliative Care) provides hospice and palliative care clinicians with concise summaries of the most important findings from more than 100 medical and scientific journals. If you have colleagues who would benefit from receiving PC-FACS, please encourage them to join the AAHPM at aahpm.org. Comments from readers are welcomed at pc-facs@aahpm.org. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 18, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Mellar P. Davis Tags: PC-FACS Source Type: research

PC-FACS: August 1, 2018
Giving Life-Expectancy Estimates (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 18, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Andie Bernard Source Type: research

Depression and healthcare utilization at end of life among older adults with advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Limited data exist regarding how depression diagnosed at different times relative to a cancer diagnosis may affect healthcare utilization at end of life (EOL). (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 17, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Cara McDermott, Aasthaa Bansal, Scott D. Ramsey, Gary H. Lyman, Sean D. Sullivan Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Editorial Board
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 15, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Source Type: research

Table of Contents
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 15, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Source Type: research

NephroTalk: Evaluation of a Palliative Care Communication Curriculum for Nephrology Fellows
Nephrologists care for a medically complex population that faces difficult decisions around treatment options and end of life care. Yet communication training within nephrology fellowship is rare. Prior work suggests that communication training in nephrology can improve perceived preparedness to engage in difficult conversations, however it is unclear if this training results in improved clinical skills. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 14, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Jane O. Schell, Robert A. Cohen, Jamie A. Green, Doris Rubio, Julie W. Childers, Rene Claxton, Kwonho Jeong, Robert M. Arnold Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Unintended harm? Race differences in the relationship between advance care planning and psychological distress at the end-of-life
Research has revealed racial disparities in advance care planning and intensity of end-of-life care. Studies of the relationship between advance care planning and sadness and anxiety at the end-of-life are inconclusive. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 8, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Elizabeth A. Luth, Holly G. Prigerson Source Type: research

Quality of Life Trends in People With and Without Cancer Referred to Volunteer-Provided Palliative Care Services (ELSA): A Longitudinal Study
Trends in symptoms and functional ability are known toward the end of life, but less is understood about quality of life, particularly prospectively following service referral. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Catherine Walshe, Nancy Preston, Sheila Payne, Steven Dodd, Guillermo Perez Algorta Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Using routinely collected data to ascertain concordance with advance care planning preferences
One of the key outcomes of Advance Care Planning (ACP) is whether patients had received care that was consistent with their expressed goals and preferences. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Woan Shin Tan, Ram Bajpai, Chan Kee Low, Andy Hau Yan Ho, Josip Car Source Type: research

Quality of life trends in people with and without cancer referred to volunteer provided palliative care services (ELSA): A longitudinal study
Trends in symptoms and functional ability are known towards the end of life, but less is understood about quality of life, particularly prospectively following service referral. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Catherine Walshe, Nancy Preston, Sheila Payne, Steve Dodd, Guillermo Perez Algorta Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

An Automated Intervention Did Not Improve Adherence to Oral Oncolytic Agents While Managing Symptoms: Results from a Two-arm Randomized Controlled Trial
An increasing number of oral cancer treatments require patient adherence and symptom self-management. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Alla Sikorskii, Charles W. Given, Barbara A. Given, Eric Vachon, John C. Krauss, Margaret Rosenzweig, Ruth McCorkle, Victoria L. Champion, Asish Banik, Atreyee Majumder Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Do the phenotypes of symptom fluctuation differ among motor subtypes in patients with delirium?
This study compared phenotypes of diurnal fluctuation among different delirium subtypes using a prospective design. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Seon-Young Kim, Jae-Min Kim, Sung-Wan Kim, Eun-Song Kim, Hee-Ju Kang, Ju-Yeon Lee, Kyung-Yeol Bae, Il-Seon Shin, Jin-Sang Yoon Source Type: research

Rectal administration of baclofen at the end of life
Spasticity can be a complicating symptom of a variety of neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or post-stroke. Several pharmacological treatment options are available, including baclofen, tizanidine, gabapentin, botulinum toxin A and tetrahydrocannabinol/canabidiol (1, 2). However, treatment feasibility decreases as the end of life approaches, e.g. when patients are no longer able to tolerate oral medications, the onset of action would be too long, or the initiation of parenteral drug therapy (intravenous, intrathecal) is no longer indicated or appropriate. (So...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 7, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Charlotte Selge, Claudia Bausewein, Constanze Remi Source Type: research

Assessing Symptoms, Concerns, and Quality of Life in Noncancer Patients at End of Life: How Concordant Are Patients and Family Proxy Members?
It has become commonplace to use family caregivers as proxy responders where patients are unable to provide information about their symptoms and concerns to health care providers. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 1, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Thomas F. Hack, Susan E. McClement, Harvey Max Chochinov, Brenden Dufault, Wendy Johnston, Murray W. Enns, Genevieve N. Thompson, Mike Harlos, Ronald W. Damant, Clare D. Ramsey, Sara N. Davison, James Zacharias, David Strang, Heather J. Campbell-Enns Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Systematic Review
The aim of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by treating their symptoms and adverse effects. Hospice care also aims for this for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. When conventional therapies do not provide adequate symptom management or produce their own adverse effects, patients, families and caregivers may prefer complementary or alternative approaches in their care. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 1, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Yvette S. Zeng, Connie Wang, Kristina E. Ward, Anne L. Hume Source Type: research

Translation and Evaluation of a Lung Cancer, Palliative Care Intervention for Community Practice
A notable gap in the evidence-base for palliative care (PC) for cancer is that most trials were conducted in specialized centers with limited translation and further evaluation in “real-world” settings. Health systems are desperate for guidance on effective, scalable models. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 1, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Huong Q. Nguyen, Nora Ruel, Mayra Macias, Tami Borneman, Melissa Alian, Mark Becher, Kathy Lee, Betty Ferrell Source Type: research

Assessing symptoms, concerns and quality of life in non-cancer patients at end of life: How concordant are patients and family proxy members?
It has become commonplace to use family caregivers as proxy responders where patients are unable to provide information about their symptoms and concerns to health care providers. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - August 1, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Thomas F. Hack, Susan E. McClement, Harvey Max Chochinov, Brenden Dufault, Wendy Johnston, Murray W. Enns, Genevieve N. Thompson, Mike Harlos, Ronald W. Damant, Clare D. Ramsey, Sara Davison, James Zacharias, David Strang, Heather J. Campbell-Enns Source Type: research

The Children's International Mucositis Evaluation Scale is Valid and Reliable for the Assessment of Mucositis Among Brazilian Children With Cancer
The Children's International Mucositis Evaluation Scale (ChIMES) is considered a valid and reliable instrument for the assessment of mucositis in pediatric patients aged 0 –18 years. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 24, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva, Eliane Mar çon Barroso, Sandra Andrade Cadamuro, Lia Alexandre Botelho de Paula, William Eduardo Pirola, Cláudia Valéria Maseti Pimenta Serrano, Carlos Eduardo Paiva Tags: Brief Methodological Report Source Type: research

The Children ’s International Mucositis Evaluation Scale (ChIMES) is valid and reliable for the assessment of mucositis among Brazilian children with cancer
The Children ’s International Mucositis Evaluation Scale (ChIMES) is considered a valid and reliable instrument for the assessment of mucositis in pediatric patients aged 0 to 18 years. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 24, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva, Elaane Mar çon Barroso, Sandra Andrade Cadamuro, Lia Alexandre Botelho de Paula, Cláudia Valéria Maseti Pimenta Serrano, Carlos Eduardo Paiva Tags: Brief Methodological Report Source Type: research

Expanding Goals of Care Conversations across a Health System: The Mapping the Future Program
Clinician failure to discuss goals of care (GOC) with seriously ill patients remains prevalent. Small-scale educational interventions have demonstrated improvement in physician communication skills, but it is unknown if these results translate into practice changes. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 23, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Julie W. Childers, Robert M. Arnold Tags: Special Article Source Type: research

Effects of Caregiver and Decedent Characteristics on CAHPS Hospice Survey Scores
The CAHPS Hospice Survey assesses the care experiences of hospice patients and their families. Public reporting of hospice performance on these survey measures began in February 2018. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 23, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Layla Parast, Ann Haas, Anagha Tolpadi, Marc N. Elliott, Joan Teno, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Rebecca Anhang Price Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

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1 Therapeutic Reviews (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 20, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Paul Howard, Jan Remi, Constanze Remi, Sarah Charlesworth, Helen Whalley, Rebecca Bhatia, Morwenna Hitchens, Mary Mihalyo, Andrew Wilcock Source Type: research

Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms in TAOK3 Are Associated With High Opioid Requirement for Pain Management in Patients With Advanced Cancer Admitted to a Tertiary Palliative Care Unit
Different amounts of opioid are required for the relief of cancer pain in different individuals, raising the possibility that genetic factors play a role. We tested the hypothesis that genetic variations in the TAOK3 (TAO kinase 3, encoding serine/threonine-protein kinase) explain some of the interindividual variations related to the morphine-equivalent daily dose (MEDD) in patients with cancer. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 19, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Timothy Gutteridge, Mahalakshmi Kumaran, Sunita Ghosh, Robin Fainsinger, P ål Klepstad, Yoko Tarumi, Sambasivarao Damaraju, Vickie E. Baracos Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in TAOK3 Are Associated with High Opioid Requirement for Pain Management in Patients with Advanced Cancer Admitted to a Tertiary Palliative Care Unit
Different amounts of opioid are required for the relief of cancer pain in different individuals, raising the possibility that genetic factors play a role. We tested the hypothesis that genetic variations in the TAOK3 (TAO kinase 3, encoding serine/threonine-protein kinase) explain some of the inter-individual variations related to the morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) in cancer patients. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 19, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Timothy Gutteridge, Mahalakshmi Kumaran, Sunita Ghosh, Robin Fainsinger, P ål Klepstad, Yoko Tarumi, Sambasivarao Damaraju, Vickie E. Baracos Source Type: research

Extended-Release Morphine for Chronic Breathlessness in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension —A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Study
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) affects people of all ages and is associated with poor prognosis. Chronic breathlessness affects almost all people with PAH. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - July 18, 2018 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Diana H. Ferreira, Magnus Ekstr öm, Dimitar Sajkov, Zac Vandersman, Danny J. Eckert, David C. Currow Tags: Original Article Source Type: research