Patient-Reported Outcomes for Cancer Patients Receiving Checkpoint Inhibitors: Opportunities for Palliative Care —A Systematic Review
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are increasingly used to treat a variety of cancers, but comparatively little is known about patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among patients receiving these novel therapies. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 21, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Evan T. Hall, Surbhi Singhal, James Dickerson, Brooke Gabster, Hong-nei Wong, Rebecca A. Aslakson, Lidia Schapira Tags: Special Series: Science in Action: Evidence and Opportunities for Palliative Care Across Diverse Populations and Care Settings Source Type: research

Patient reported outcomes for cancer patients receiving immunotherapy: opportunities for palliative care – A Systematic Review
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are increasingly used to treat a variety of cancers, but comparatively little is known about patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among patients receiving these novel therapies. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 21, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Evan T. Hall, Surbhi Singhal, James Dickerson, Brooke Gabster, Hong-nei Wong, Rebecca A. Aslakson, Lidia Schapira Source Type: research

The Weight of Pain: What Does a 10 on the Pain Scale Mean? An Innovative Use of Art in Medical Education to Enhance Pain Management
Art and museum spaces offer a novel educational platform for exploring the subjective elements inherent to the understanding and treatment of pain. Physicians and museum educators collaborated on an educational model using art to explore the metacognitive dimensions of pain management. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 21, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Bonnie Marr, S. Hollis Mickey, Sarah Ganz Blythe, Jay Baruch Source Type: research

Authors' Response
We thank Kako et  al. for their interest and comments on our recent paper: “The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial.”1 (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Flavia Swan, Anne English, Victoria Allgar, Simon P. Hart, Miriam J. Johnson Tags: Letter Source Type: research

The Limits of “Life-Limiting”
The field of hospice and palliative medicine has struggled to define the conditions that are appropriate for palliative care. “Life-threatening” appropriately encompasses lethal conditions and helpfully incorporates the concept of probability, which is a necessary variable in any risk calculation. Yet it leaves one important group of patients unaccounted for: those whose primary need for palliative care is not expected abbreviation of life but rather the quality of that life. In an attempt to include these patients, the term “life-limiting” has come to be used more frequently. (Source: Journal of Pa...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Robert C. Macauley Tags: Special Article Source Type: research

Brazilian Version of Cancer Fatigue Scale: Validation of the Brazilian Version of Cancer Fatigue Scale in Patients With Breast Cancer
Scales to assess the fatigue in patients with cancer may help the clinical decision-making process. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Raciele Ivandra Guarda Korelo, Juliana Siega, Ana Carolina Cordeiro Woloschen, Maryelle Paula do Amaral, Mylena Bar ão dos Santos Ivanski, Juliana Carvalho Schleder, Luiz Claudio Fernandes Tags: Brief Methodological Report Source Type: research

Transport Home and Terminal Extubation by Emergency Medical Services: An Example of Innovation in End of Life Care
For the majority of terminally ill patients, the preferred place of death is at home. Previous literature has demonstrated the feasibility of at-home terminal extubation performed by critical care and hospice physicians. This case report describes a terminal extubation performed by a paramedic under the direct supervision of an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) physician in the patient ’s home. Guided by a comprehensive plan and logistical support from a team of hospice providers, a successful out-of-hospital terminal extubation is possible. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Brian M. Clemency, Kathleen T. Grimm, Sandra L. Lauer, Jenna C. Lynch, Benjamin L. Pastwik, Heather A. Lindstrom, Michael W. Dailey, Deborah P. Waldrop Source Type: research

Response to “The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial”
We read with great interest the recent paper titled “The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial” by Swan et al.1 The authors concluded that a future phase III randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the fan is feasible, and mixed method data synthesis supports recovery time as a novel, mea ningful outcome measure. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Jun Kako, Kohei Kajiwara, Mika Miyashita Source Type: research

Authors ’ Response
We thank Kako et al for their interest and comments on our recent paper; “The hand-held fan and the Calming hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial”. (1) (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Flavia Swan Source Type: research

The limits of "life-limiting"
The field of hospice and palliative medicine has struggled to define the conditions which are appropriate for palliative care. “Life-threatening” appropriately encompasses lethal conditions and helpfully incorporates the concept of probability, which is a necessary variable in any risk calculation. Yet it leaves one important group of patients unaccounted for: those whose primary need for palliative care is not expected abbreviation of life but rather the quality of that life. In an attempt to include these patients, the term “life-limiting” has come to be used more frequently. (Source: Journal of P...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Robert C. Macauley Source Type: research

Brazilian Version Of Cancer Fatigue Scale Validation Of The Brazilian Version Of Cancer Fatigue Scale In Patients With Breast Cancer
Scales to assess the fatigue by patients with cancer may help the clinical decision-making process. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 20, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Raciele Ivandra Guarda Korelo, Juliana Siega, Ana Carolina Cordeiro Woloschen, Maryelle Paula do Amaral, Mylena Bar ão dos Santos Ivanski, Juliana Carvalho Schleder, Luiz Claudio Fernandes Tags: Brief Methodological Report Source Type: research

Understanding the type of support offered within the caregiver, family, and spiritual/religious contexts of cancer patients
We sought to characterize patterns of social support types (i.e. emotional, informational, appraisal and instrumental) within the caregiver/spouse, family and spiritual/religious contexts for patients diagnosed with cancer. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 13, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Elizabeth Palmer Kelly, Alexa Meara, Madison Hyer, Nicolette Payne, Timothy M. Pawlik Source Type: research

Frequency of Concomitant Use of Opioids and Psychoactive Medications among Cancer Patients Referred to Outpatient Palliative Care
Patients with cancer suffer from multiple complex symptoms (1). These patients are often on multiple medications (polypharmacy) including opioids (2). These combinations may be necessary for adequate control of symptoms. However, there are potentially severe effects when patients taking opioids receive other psychoactive medications, like benzodiazepines and other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, increasing the risk of emergency room (ER) visits or in-patient admissions (3) due to severe sedation or respiratory depression (4). (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 13, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Ahsan Azhar, Ali Haider, Syed M. Ali Naqvi, Angelique N. Wong, Seyedeh S. Dibaj, Diane D. Liu, Janet L. Williams, Eduardo Bruera 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 PCFACS, please encourage them to join the AAHPM at aahpm.org. Comments from readers are welcomed at pcfacs@aahpm.org. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 12, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Mellar P. Davis Tags: PC-FACS Source Type: research

PC-FACS March 4, 2019
Language and Communication at EOL (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 12, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Andie Bernard Source Type: research

Interprofessional Teamwork During Family Meetings in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Parents of children in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) report inadequate communication and a lack of empathy during conversations with their clinicians. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 12, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Jennifer K. Walter, Emily Sachs, Theodore E. Schall, Aaron G. Dewitt, Victoria A. Miller, Robert M. Arnold, Chris Feudtner Source Type: research

Identifying Older Adults with Serious Illness: Transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10
Identifying the seriously ill population is integral to improving the value of health care. Efforts to identify this population using existing data are anchored to a list of severe medical conditions (SMCs) using diagnostic codes. Published approaches have utilized International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes, which has since been replaced by ICD-10. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 12, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Amy S. Kelley, Katelyn B. Ferreira, Evan Bollens-Lund, Harriet Mather, Laura C. Hanson, Christine S. Ritchie Tags: Brief Methodological Report Source Type: research

Helping the Demand find the Supply: Messaging the value of specialty palliative care directly to those with serious illnesses
Palliative care needs and services have experienced tremendous growth over the last decade1, due to expansions of the evidence base2 coupled with a timely need in healthcare to demonstrate value and increase quality of care for those with serious illnesses3. Having eclipsed its first decade as a recognized specialty, and despite remarkable growth in access to services, the majority of patients eligible for services still do not receive timely access to palliative care. This gap highlights the need to explore whether any shifts in strategy will help more patients receive the palliative services they need. (Source: Journal o...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Arif H. Kamal, Sharron L. Docherty, Bryce B. Reeve, Gregory P. Samsa, Hayden B. Bosworth, Kathryn I. Pollak Source Type: research

A Response to Geriatric Oncology, Spirituality, and Palliative Care by Dr. Lodovicio Balducci
We first thank Dr. Balducci for writing on this most important topic.(1) It usefully explores the overlap of three relatively new but increasingly prominent specialties- geriatric oncology, spiritual care, and palliative care. Each of these specialties has its own independent complexities but, together, they form a very interconnected web. We fully agree that spirituality frequently increases in importance as we age and that the geriatric oncology population often features multiple co-morbidities, making those persons prime candidates to benefit from palliative care services. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: George Handzo, Jill Bowden Source Type: research

A fixed nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture for analgesia in children with leukemia with lumbar puncture-induced pain: A randomized, double-blind controlled trial
The present study aims to evaluate the efficacy of a fixed N2O/O2 mixture to reduce pain in children with leukemia during lumbar puncture (LP) as compared with placebo. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Qiang Liu, Xiao-Min Chai, Jun-Jun Zhang, Yi-Ling Wang, Yu Wang, Lu-Lu Gao, Ya-Liang Dai, Hai-Xiang Gao, Ting-Ting Zhang, Jian-Qiang Yu, Yu-Xiang Li Source Type: research

Challenges in Recruiting Patients to a Controlled Feasibility Study of a Drug for Opioid-Induced Constipation: Lessons from the Population with Advanced Cancer
Clinical research is difficult in populations with advanced illness because patients have a high disease burden and short life expectancy, poor functional status and high distress, or an unpredictable course characterized by changing therapies and an increased risk of adverse events. This is reflected in the paucity of published trials; fewer than 1% are conducted in an advanced illness population. The lack of randomized trials means that high-quality evidence plays a small role in defining best clinical practices and standards for end-of-life care 1. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Janet Bull, Lindsay Bonsignore, Lisa Massie, Alexa Riggs, Helena Knotkova, Charles Wellman, Russell Portenoy Source Type: research

A Tool to Assess Patient and Surrogate Knowledge about the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Program
It is especially important that patients are well-informed when making high stakes, preference-sensitive decisions like those on the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. However, there is currently no way to easily evaluate whether patients understand key concepts when making these important decisions. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Susan E. Hickman, Alexia M. Torke, Greg A. Sachs, Rebecca L. Sudore, Anne L. Myers, Qing Tang, Giorgos Bakoyannis, Bernard J. Hammes Source Type: research

Volunteer involvement in advance care planning: a scoping review
Volunteer involvement may support organizations to initiate and operationalize complex interventions such as advance care planning (ACP). (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 7, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Marcus Sellars, Jamie Simpson, Helana Kelly, Olivia Chung, Linda Nolte, Julien Tran, Karen Detering Source Type: research

Ministry
I arrived at church exhausted and discouraged. A divorced single mother with a demanding job, I was failing in all directions. The growing pile of unanswered e-mails, empty fridge, and unpaid bills were evidence of small failings, but the risk of shortchanging my patients was what really haunted me. And my son, usually so even-keeled, was struggling with one classmate who was bullying another. I felt alone with it all, responsible for helping my son, for running my household, for taking care of my patients, for leading my team at work, for keeping it all running smoothly and happily. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 1, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Jane de Lima Thomas Source Type: research

Factors Associated With Opioid Use in Long-term Cancer Survivors
To evaluate factors associated with opioid use in patients with cancer surviving more than five years without recurrence. We evaluated exposures of opioid use before cancer diagnosis, opioid use between cancer diagnosis and five-year anniversary, surgeries, and chemotherapy. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 1, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Lisa Barbera, Rinku Sutradhar, Doris Howell, Elyse Corn, Mary Ann O'Brien, Hsien Seow, Deb Dudgeon, Clare Atzema, Craig C. Earle, Carlo DeAngelis, Jonathan Sussman Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Association of persistent intense thirst with delirium among critically ill patients: A cross-sectional study
Thirst is a prevalent distressing symptom often reported by patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Little is known about the association of thirst with delirium. Objective: We aimed to investigate the relationship between thirst and delirium. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 1, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Koji Sato, Masaki Okajima, Takumi Taniguchi Source Type: research

Patient patterns and perspectives on using opioid regimens for chronic cancer pain
With increasing attention to the under-treatment of cancer pain in parallel with concerns about opioid misuse, little is known about how patients with advanced cancer adhere to opioid regimens for chronic cancer pain. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 1, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Emily M. Wright, Areej El-Jawahri, Jennifer S. Temel, Alaina Carr, Steven A. Safren, Elyse R. Park, William F. Pirl, Eduardo Bruera, Lara Traeger Source Type: research

Factors associated with opioid use in long term cancer survivors.
To evaluate factors associated with opioid use in cancer patients surviving more than 5 years without recurrence. We evaluated exposures of opioid use before cancer diagnosis, opioid use between cancer diagnosis and 5 year anniversary, surgeries and chemotherapy. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 1, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Lisa Barbera, Rinku Sutradhar, Doris Howell, Elyse Corn, Mary Ann O ’Brien, Hsien Seow, Deb Dudgeon, Clare Atzema, Craig Earle, Carlo DeAngelis, Jonathan Sussman Source Type: research

Illness as transformative experience: Implications of philosophy for advance care planning
Advance care planning has been shown to improve patient outcomes and is recommended as part of routine care for people with a life-limiting illness. Nevertheless, developing an advance care plan can be complex and challenging for both patients and family members, and the clinicians who support them. One complexity is that illness and its treatments often cannot be deeply understood without lived experience. In this paper, we explore this idea, highlighting how lived experience can bring about unpredictable changes in an individual ’s values and preferences. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - March 1, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Barnaby Hole, Lucy Selman Source Type: research

Preferences for continence care experienced at end of life: a qualitative study
Functional dependence at end of life often leaves individuals requiring help for personal care, including maintaining continence. Current continence guidelines offer little direction for end of life continence care, and little is known of the perspectives of people receiving palliative care. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 27, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Nicholas Smith, Kathleen Hunter, Saima Rajabali, Robin Fainsinger, Adrian Wagg Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Breakthrough cancer pain in patients with abdominal visceral cancer pain
To assess the characteristics of breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) in patients with abdominal cancer pain, and the eventual factors associated with its presentation. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 26, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Sebastiano Mercadante, Claudio Adile, Francesco Masedu, Marco Valenti, Federica Aielli Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Chronic pain, functional status, and life satisfaction are associated with patients living with HIV discussing advanced care planning with their family or friends
In the era of effective antiretroviral therapy, persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are living longer, transforming HIV into a serious chronic illness, warranting discussions between patients and their loved ones about advanced care planning (ACP). Evidence is needed on factors associated with patients ’ likelihood to discuss ACP with loved ones. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 25, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Eric D. Hansen, Mary M. Mitchell, Dulce M. Cruz Oliver, Fahid A. Alghanim, Michelle Walter, Amy A. Case, Tom Smith, Amy R. Knowlton Source Type: research

The effects of adding reassurance statements: Cancer patients ’ preferences for phrases in end-of-life discussions
When discussing end-of-life (EOL) issues with cancer patients, the addition of reassurance statements is considered helpful. However, patients ’ preferences for such statements have not been systematically demonstrated. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 25, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Masanori Mori, Maiko Fujimori, Hiroto Ishiki, Tomohiro Nishi, Jun Hamano, Hiroyuki Otani, Yu Uneno, Akira Oba, Tatsuya Morita, Yosuke Uchitomi Source Type: research

The Effects of Adding Reassurance Statements: Cancer Patients' Preferences for Phrases in End-of-Life Discussions
When discussing end-of-life issues with cancer patients, the addition of reassurance statements is considered helpful. However, patients' preferences for such statements have not been systematically demonstrated. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 25, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Masanori Mori, Maiko Fujimori, Hiroto Ishiki, Tomohiro Nishi, Jun Hamano, Hiroyuki Otani, Yu Uneno, Akira Oba, Tatsuya Morita, Yosuke Uchitomi Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research

Patient controlled analgesia for children with life-limiting conditions in the community: Results of a prospective observational study
The use of patient controlled analgesia (PCA) for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses is an emerging intervention in paediatric palliative care as an alternative to continuous parental infusion with a separate breakthrough analgesia (1, 2). In paediatric palliative care PCA is characteristically a continuous infusion of opioid administered via a programmable pump which enables patients to control their pain by use of on-demand supplemental bolus analgesia (2, 3). (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 22, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Ellen M. Henderson, Dilini Rajapakse, Paula Kelly, Tanya Boggs, Myra Bluebond-Langner Source Type: research

Intensity of Cancer Care Near the End-of-Life at a Tertiary Care Cancer Center in Jordan
Chemotherapy use in the last month of life is an indicator of poor quality of end-of-life care. We assessed the frequency of chemotherapy use at the end-of-life at our comprehensive cancer center in Jordan, and identified the factors associated with chemotherapy use. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 22, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Hikmat Abdel-Razeq, Omar Shamieh, Mahmoud Abu Naser, Moath Nassar, Yazan Samhouri, Bashar Abu Qayas, Joud Asfour, Joud Jarrah, Zaid Abdelrahman, Zaid Ameen, AbdelRahman Al-Hawamdeh, Mohammad AlOmari, Amal Al – Tabba’, Dalia Al – Rimawi, David Hui Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

The hand-held fan and the Calming Hand for people with chronic breathlessness: a feasibility trial
The battery operated hand-held fan ( “fan”) and the Calming Hand (CH), a cognitive strategy, are interventions used in clinical practice to relieve chronic breathlessness. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 22, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Flavia Swan, Anne English, Victoria Allgar, Simon P. Hart, Miriam Johnson Source Type: research

Patient-Controlled Analgesia for Children With Life-Limiting Conditions in the Community: Results of a Prospective Observational Study
The use of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses is an emerging intervention in pediatric palliative care as an alternative to continuous parental infusion with a separate breakthrough analgesia.1,2 In pediatric palliative care, PCA is characteristically a continuous infusion of opioid administered via a programmable pump, which enables patients to control their pain by use of on-demand supplemental bolus analgesia. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 22, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Ellen M. Henderson, Dilini Rajapakse, Paula Kelly, Tanya Boggs, Myra Bluebond-Langner Tags: Letter Source Type: research

Intensity of Cancer Care Near the End of Life at a Tertiary Care Cancer Center in Jordan
Chemotherapy use in the last month of life is an indicator of poor quality of end-of-life care. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 22, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Hikmat Abdel-Razeq, Omar Shamieh, Mahmoud Abu-Nasser, Moath Nassar, Yazan Samhouri, Bashar Abu-Qayas, Joud Asfour, Joud Jarrah, Zaid Abdelrahman, Zaid Ameen, AbdelRahman Al-Hawamdeh, Mohammad Alomari, Amal Al-Tabba', Dalia Al-Rimawi, David Hui Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Editorial Board
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Source Type: research

Table of Contents
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Source Type: research

The Stability of Treatment Preferences among Patients with Advanced Cancer
Stability of patients ’ treatment preferences has important implications for decisions about concurrent and future treatment. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Lea J. Jabbarian, Renee C. Maciejewski, Paul K. Maciejewski, Judith AC. Rietjens, Ida J. Korfage, Agnes van der Heide, Johannes JM. van Delden, Holly G. Prigerson Source Type: research

Medical Oncologists ’ Views on the Utility of Medical Marijuana Across the Cancer Trajectory
Medical marijuana (MM) is non-pharmaceutical, herbal (typically unrefined) cannabis that healthcare providers recommend therapeutically in line with state law. Federally illegal, it is legal on a state level in 33 states (1). Unlike most illnesses, cancer is a qualifying condition for MM in almost every state law (1). While cancer patients frequently use cannabis to treat symptoms —or even cancer itself-- few empiric studies have examined the efficacy of MM in oncology (2). In 1979, Chang et. al randomized 15 patients to receive unrefined cannabis versus placebo to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (3). ...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Ilana M. Braun, Traci M. Blonquist, Eric G. Campbell, Manan M. Nayak, Dragana Bolcic-Jankovic, Alexi A. Wright Source Type: research

Predatory Publishing in Palliative Care
We read with interest the letter Predatory Open-Access Publishing in Palliative and Supportive Care1. The authors report that, to the best of their knowledge, this is the first attempt to analyse predatory publishing in palliative and supportive care. They did not find our paper Open Access Journals and Predatory Publishing in Palliative Care2, published in the journal Medicina Paliativa. It was accepted for publication in March 2017, available online in January 2018, and was finally printed in July 2018. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Álvaro Sanz, María Luisa del Valle Source Type: research

Towards a conceptual model of affective predictions in palliative care
Being diagnosed with cancer often forces patients and families to make difficult medical decisions. How patients think they and others will feel in the future, termed affective predictions, may influence these decisions. These affective predictions are often biased, which may contribute to suboptimal care outcomes by influencing decisions related to palliative care and advance care planning. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Erin M. Ellis, Amber E. Barnato, Gretchen B. Chapman, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Jennifer S. Lerner, Ellen Peters, Wendy L. Nelson, Lynne Padgett, Jerry Suls, Rebecca A. Ferrer Source Type: research

Symptom Burden and Palliative Care Needs among High Risk Veterans with Multi-morbidity
Palliative care research has largely focused on patients with disease specific conditions such as advanced cancer, cardiac or pulmonary diseases. As patients age, however, they often develop chronic conditions that may lead to decreases in health-related quality of life or symptoms such as pain and dyspnea. As the population ages, the prevalence of patients with multi-morbidity also increases 1 but these patients may not be identified as having palliative care needs. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Lynn F. Reinke, Elizabeth K. Vig, Erica V. Tartaglione, Peter Rise, David H. Au Source Type: research

Symptom Burden and Palliative Care Needs Among High-Risk Veterans With Multimorbidity
Palliative care research has focused on patients with disease-specific conditions. However, older patients with multimorbidity may have unmet palliative care needs. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Lynn F. Reinke, Elizabeth K. Vig, Erica V. Tartaglione, Peter Rise, David H. Au Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

Medical Oncologists' Views on the Utility of Medical Marijuana Across the Cancer Trajectory
Medical marijuana (MM) is nonpharmaceutical, herbal (typically unrefined) cannabis that health care providers recommend therapeutically in line with state law. Federally illegal, it is legal on a state level in 33 states.1 Unlike most illnesses, cancer is a qualifying condition for MM in almost every state law.1 Although cancer patients frequently use cannabis to treat symptoms —or even cancer itself—few empiric studies have examined the efficacy of MM in oncology.2 In 1979, Chang et al. randomized 15 patients to receive unrefined cannabis versus placebo to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. (...
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Ilana M. Braun, Traci M. Blonquist, Eric G. Campbell, Manan M. Nayak, Dragana Bolcic-Jankovic, Alexi A. Wright Tags: Letter Source Type: research

Toward a Conceptual Model of Affective Predictions in Palliative Care
Being diagnosed with cancer often forces patients and families to make difficult medical decisions. How patients think they and others will feel in the future, termed affective predictions, may influence these decisions. These affective predictions are often biased, which may contribute to suboptimal care outcomes by influencing decisions related to palliative care and advance care planning. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 19, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Erin M. Ellis, Amber E. Barnato, Gretchen B. Chapman, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Jennifer S. Lerner, Ellen Peters, Wendy L. Nelson, Lynne Padgett, Jerry Suls, Rebecca A. Ferrer Tags: Review Article Source Type: research

Multiple Stakeholders ’ Perspectives Regarding Barriers to Hospice Enrollment in Diverse Patient Populations: A Qualitative Study
Although studies show disparities in hospice care utilization, many questions remain regarding the causes of these disparities. Most studies focus on a single ethnic/racial group, and most utilize physician informants. None compare and contrast views of multiple stakeholders or utilize a systems approach within a single geographic region. (Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - February 18, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Authors: Katherine Cicolello, Gowri Anandarajah Tags: Original Article Source Type: research