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Symptomatic Events in a Community Palliative Care Population: A Prospective Pilot Study

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: The palliative care population is prescribed a large number of drugs, increasing as patients deteriorate. The cumulative effects of these medications combined with underlying symptom burden can result in significant morbidity. There is an urgent need to describe possible symptomatic events that could be exacerbated by commonly prescribed drugs in palliative care and their impact. Objectives: To trial the feasibility and acceptability of determining baseline symptomatic event rates for community palliative care patients from which a composite measure of symptomatic events can be developed. Design: This prospective pilot study of patient-reported symptomatic events recruited a convenience cohort of 27 community palliative care patients in a metropolitan specialist palliative care service in Australia. Results: This study has demonstrated a high prevalence rate of symptomatic events (total crude event/participant day rate 0.87) in the study population. Conclusion: Data collection of patient-centered symptomatic events was acceptable and feasible to participants. This pilot supports a fully powered study.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • To, T. H. M., Collier, A., Agar, M. R., Rowett, D., & Currow, D. C. (2020). Symptomatic Events in a Community Palliative Care Population: A Prospective Pilot Study. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 23(9), 1223-1226. doi:10.1089/jpm.2019.0407

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85090288323

Start Page


  • 1223

End Page


  • 1226

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Background: The palliative care population is prescribed a large number of drugs, increasing as patients deteriorate. The cumulative effects of these medications combined with underlying symptom burden can result in significant morbidity. There is an urgent need to describe possible symptomatic events that could be exacerbated by commonly prescribed drugs in palliative care and their impact. Objectives: To trial the feasibility and acceptability of determining baseline symptomatic event rates for community palliative care patients from which a composite measure of symptomatic events can be developed. Design: This prospective pilot study of patient-reported symptomatic events recruited a convenience cohort of 27 community palliative care patients in a metropolitan specialist palliative care service in Australia. Results: This study has demonstrated a high prevalence rate of symptomatic events (total crude event/participant day rate 0.87) in the study population. Conclusion: Data collection of patient-centered symptomatic events was acceptable and feasible to participants. This pilot supports a fully powered study.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • To, T. H. M., Collier, A., Agar, M. R., Rowett, D., & Currow, D. C. (2020). Symptomatic Events in a Community Palliative Care Population: A Prospective Pilot Study. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 23(9), 1223-1226. doi:10.1089/jpm.2019.0407

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85090288323

Start Page


  • 1223

End Page


  • 1226

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication