Background - Access to community-based specialist palliative care teams has been shown to improve patients quality of life; however, the impact on health system expenditures is unclear. This study aimed to determine whether exposure to these teams reduces health system costs compared with usual care.. Methods - We conducted a retrospective matched cohort study in Ontario, Canada, using linked administrative data. Decedents treated by 1 of 11 community-based specialist palliative care teams in 2009/10 and 2010/11 (the exposed group) were propensity score matched (comorbidity, extent of home care, etc.) 1 to 1 to similar decedents in usual care (the unexposed group). The teams are comprised of a core group of specialized physicians, nurses and other providers; their role is to manage symptoms around the clock, provide education and coordinate care. Our primary outcome was the overall difference in health system costs (among 5 health care sectors) between all matched pairs of exposed versus ...
Ahmedzai, Sam H. and Payne, Sheila and Bestall, J. C. and Ahmed, N. and Dobson, K. and Clark, D. and Noble, B. (2005) Improving access to specialist palliative care : developing a screening measure to assess the distress caused by advanced illness that may require referral to specialist palliative care : final report. Working Paper. Elizabeth Clark Charitable Trust.. Full text not available from this repository ...
Patients with advanced cancer and short expected survival time may benefit from both symptom-relief and prevention by radiation therapy. In some cases, radiation treatment may also extend survival. Normal tissue has a greater ability to repair itself between fractionations compared to tumor tissue. Radiation therapy is therefore given with one or few fractions with good effect and little side effects. In this way, a high total dose is given to the tumor tissue but injury to healthy tissue is still limited. It is very important that acute side effects are minor and of short duration.. Palliative radiation therapy is used both for primary tumors, local recurrence, and metastases. ...
Results from pilot studies indicate that palliative cancer patients report increased well-being and less fatigue after physical activity. This study aimed to explore how palliative cancer patients experienced physical activity. A qualitative design with semi-structured interviews was used. Eleven palliative cancer patients over 18 years old with different diagnoses and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Scale performance status levels of between 1 and 3 were interviewed. Four main themes emerged: routines of everyday life, less fatigue, professional guidance, and hope. The first theme comprised two categories: something to do, and being together with others in a similar situation. The theme professional guidance also comprised two categories: the physiotherapist as tutor, and the physiotherapist as motivator. Some cancer patients in palliative care who participated in physical activity experienced less fatigue and enhanced energy. Physical activity helps to bring structure to everyday life and ...
The aim of the Annals of Palliative Medicine is to provide up-to-date and cutting-edge information and professional support for health care providers in palliative medicine disciplines.
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2016 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Context Advanced, life-limiting illnesses are likely to have a predictable functional decline through a terminal phase to death, but some patients may also die suddenly. To date, empirical evidence characterizing "sudden death" in hospice/palliative care is lacking. Objectives The aim of this study was to determine prevalence and clinicodemographic predictors of sudden death in hospice/palliative care. Methods This is a longitudinal consecutive cohort study of prospectively collected national data in 104 specialist palliative care services from the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration. Patients who died between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, with one or more measurement of Australian-modified Karnofsky Performance Status (AKPS) in the last 30 days of life were included. "Sudden death" was defined as a lowest AKPS score of 50 or more in the last seven days of life and excluded anyone with "terminal phase" as their last phase ...
Annals of Palliative Medicine (Ann Palliat Med; Print ISSN 2224-5820; Online ISSN 2224-5839) publishes articles that describe new findings in the field of palliative medicine, provides current and practical information on palliative medicine. Specific areas of interest include, but not limited to, multimodality therapy, biomarkers, imaging, biology, pathology, and technical advances related to palliative medicine.
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Breathlessness is a major cause of suffering and distress, and little is known about the trajectory of breathlessness near death.To determine the trajectory and clinical-demographic factors associated with breathlessness in the last week of life in patients receiving specialist palliative care.This was a prospective, longitudinal cohort study using national data on specialist palliative care from the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration. We included patients in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration who died between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 with at least one measurement of breathlessness on a 0-10 numerical rating scale in the week before death. The trajectory and factors associated with breathlessness were analyzed using multivariate random-effects linear regression.A total 12,778 patients from 87 services (33,404 data points) were analyzed. The average observed breathlessness was 2.1 points and remained constant over time. Thirty-five percent reported moderate ...
Abstract Background: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the United Kingdoms most common life limiting genetic disorders. Improvement in treatment modalities over the last 20 years has resulted in this group of patients living longer. The acceptability of accessing early palliative care for patients with CF and staff perceptions of a palliative care referral for this group is relatively unexplored. Integrated care has been used as a theoretical model to underpin this study. Aim: To explore the experience and perceptions of patients with CF and staff regarding palliative care and the acceptability of this as a service early in the patients disease trajectory. Method: A Mixed Methods Study informed this research. This three phase study included a Focus Group (phase 1) with 8 experts from both CF and palliative care, a national survey (phase 2) with 46 experts from CF and palliative care teams, and 17 interviews (phase 3) with patients with CF and health care professionals who care for patients with ...
ASCO recognizes that an array of efforts are needed to fully integrate palliative care into the cancer care continuum, and the Society is committed to facilitating the integration of palliative cancer care into existing health-care systems worldwide in order to realize the vision of comprehensive cancer care by 2020.. ASCO issued its first policy statement on palliative care in oncology in 1998, emphasizing the critical role that palliative care plays in providing high-quality care for cancer patients and their families. In 2009, the Society issued a second statement on palliative care, calling for a broad range of recommendations to increase education and awareness among providers and the public as well as systems-level change to ensure access to these critical services for patients and their families.. Most recently, ASCOs 2012 Provisional Clinical Opinion recommended early integration of palliative care for all patients with advanced disease or a high symptom burden, regardless of prognosis. ...
To estimate the costs (paid amounts) of palliative radiation episodes of care (REOCs) to the bone for patients with bone metastases secondary to breast or prostate cancer. Claims-linked medical records from patients at 98 cancer treatment centers in 16 US states were analyzed. Inclusion criteria included a primary neoplasm of breast or prostate cancer with a secondary neoplasm of bone metastases; ≥2 visits to ≥1 radiation center during the study period (1 July 2008 through 31 December 2009) on or after the metastatic cancer diagnosis date; radiation therapy to ≥1 bone site; and ≥1 complete REOC as evidenced by a |30-day gap pre- and post-radiation therapy. The total number of REOCs was 220 for 207 breast cancer patients and 233 for 213 prostate cancer patients. In the main analysis (which excluded records with unpopulated costs) the median number of fractions per a REOC for treatment of metastases was 10. Mean total radiation costs (i.e., radiation direct cost + cost of radiation-related
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines palliative care as the active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, other symptoms, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems is paramount. Multiple perspectives, obtained through a variety of research methods, are necessary to provide a greater understanding of the whole person. The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families. In pediatric palliative care, where systematic knowledge development is only in its infancy, such perspectives become even more critical. This chapter identifies extant research in pediatric palliative care and suggests additional methods or approaches for gaining multiple perspectives.
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High incidence of treatable oral conditions has been reported among palliative patients. However, a large proportion of palliative patients lose their ability to communicate their sufferings. Therefore, it may lead to under-reporting of oral conditions among these patients. This review systematically synthesized the published evidence on the presence of oral conditions among palliative patients, the impact, management, and challenges in treating these conditions. An integrative review was undertaken with defined search strategy from five databases and manual search through key journals and reference list. Studies which focused on oral conditions of palliative patients and published between years 2000 to 2017 were included. Xerostomia, oral candidiasis and dysphagia were the three most common oral conditions among palliative patients, followed by mucositis, orofacial pain, taste change and ulceration. We also found social and functional impact of having certain oral conditions among these patients. In
Pediatric Palliative care is specialized medical care for children with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness-whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the child and the family. PHPCN is committed to improving access to hospice and palliative care for children and their families throughout Pennsylvania through education, advocacy and support of providers throughout our communities. For additional information, please visit the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition in Pennsylvania.. ...
What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?. Hospice always provides palliative care, but focuses on terminally ill patients no longer seeking curative therapies, and expects that patients will have six months or less to live. Palliative care can be provided alongside curative care and can be initiated at any point, even at time of diagnosis.. How can I learn more about palliative care?. Palliative care programs are growing nationwide and are present in more than 2,000 acute care hospitals. In addition, Palliative Medicine has been granted official subspecialty status by the American Board of Medical Specialties and fellowship training has been recognized by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.. ...
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Almost two-third of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is the use of ionizing radiation to treat cancer patients with..
CAMPBELL, L M and AMIN, N. Dilemmas of telling bad news: Paediatric palliative care providers experiences in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. S. Afr. j. child health [online]. 2013, vol.7, n.3, pp.113-116. ISSN 1999-7671.. BACKGROUND: In general, the principles of palliative care suggest that, at some stage, patients should be given bad news about poor illness prognosis. The information is often important for care planning, especially when it involves disclosure to children. Although there are ongoing debates about whether to tell or not to tell children bad news, these debates have largely been informed by patients who live in a developed-world context. In contrast, this paper focuses on telling bad news to children and their families from a rural, developing-world context. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the experiences of providers of palliative care to children when they attempted to fulfil one of their roles as palliative caregivers, i.e. to prepare patients and families for a childs poor ...
The new Commission on Cancer program standard says that, to be an accredited cancer center, a provider must make outpatient palliative care services available either on-site or by referral to another location. "They have made a really important regulatory statement, but its totally unclear at this point how most cancer centers are going to actually meet that requirement because theres so much need thats unmet now," Rabow said.. The percentage of cancer care providers who currently provide palliative care services is not known, he noted. In California, where he practices, he estimates that about 20 percent of oncology providers offer some palliative care services to their patients.. "We do know a few things from some research, which suggests that probably outside of comprehensive cancer centers, its relatively rare to have outpatient palliative care services," he said. "Our best guess is that only a small minority of patients with palliative care needs in the outpatient setting currently have ...
Hospital palliative care programs have been shown to improve physical and psychological symptom management, caregiver well-being, and family satisfaction. Some studies suggest that palliative care programs may reduce hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) costs by clarifying goals of care and assisting patients and families to select treatments that align with their goals [1]. A landmark study showed that early integration of palliative care services actually improved survival for patients with advanced lung cancer [2].. Best Practices for Physicians. Frontline healthcare professionals and specialist:. Palliative care should be integrated early in the course of a patients illness. All healthcare providers should have the knowledge and skills to provide basic, primary palliative care to patients with serious, life-threatening illness. Physicians should contextualize decisions around goals of care, which preserves hope and optimism but reorients treatment toward appropriate aims [3].. Palliative ...
This is a unique time in the history of palliative care. Prominent healthcare leaders and policy makers are calling for increased access to palliative care as part of healthcare reform. The media and the public are increasingly asking for information about death, dying, and serious illness. Never before has there been so much interest in palliative care. So, how do we - as the palliative care community in California - deliver on the promise of palliative care? How do we make palliative care available throughout the continuum of care? How do we make advance care planning a normal part of everyday conversation? How do we leverage this opportunity to transform our healthcare system and our society at large?. Join the Coalition for Compassionate Care on April 10th & 11th in Newport Beach to find out about cutting-edge practices in palliative care, as well as to shape the future of palliative care! This is the conference for anyone who is interested in, and wants to be a part of, the future of ...
The Inpatient Palliative Care Service (IPCS) was implemented at three Kaiser-Permanente sites: Colorado, Portland and San Francisco. The service consisted of a physician, nurse, social worker, and spiritual counselor who worked with the study subjects randomized to receive the intervention. The intervention included symptom control, emotional and spiritual support, advance care and post-discharge care planning, There were no differences in symptom control or emotional support but IPCS patient reported better spiritual support compared to usual care patients. IPCS patients also reported greater satisfaction with their hospital care experience and better communication with their providers. Both IPCS and usual care patients reported improved quality of life during their enrollment hospital stay. IPCS patients completed more advance directives. IPCS patients had more home health visits than usual care patients but significantly fewer ICU admissions. IPCS patients had significantly lower hospital ...
According to a new study, Canadian oncologists are referring patients too late to specialized palliative care services. While 80% of doctors refer terminally ill cancer patients to palliative care, most patients are referred in the last few months or weeks of life, and many are only referred in the last days. "What we really need is a rebranding of palliative care," says Dr Camilla Zimmermann, who led the study and is Head of Palliative Care at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. "Palliative care is no longer only about end-of-life care. Its really about helping patients manage symptoms, preventing and relieving suffering and improving overall quality of life while living with cancer.". In fact, palliative care may be appropriate for patients at all stages of disease, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and those living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life. Specialized palliative care gives patients access to a ...
Background: Caregiver satisfaction and experience surveys help health professionals to understand, measure, and improve the quality of care provided for patients and their families. Objective: Our aim was to explore caregiver perceptions of the care received from Australian specialist palliative care services. Method: Caregivers of patients receiving palliative care in services registered with Australias Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration were invited to participate in a caregiver survey. The survey included the FAMCARE-2 and four items from the Ongoing Needs Identification: Caregiver Profile questionnaire. Results: Surveys were completed by 1,592 caregivers from 49 services. Most respondents reported high satisfaction and positive experiences. Caregivers receiving care from community-based palliative care teams were less satisfied with the management of physical symptoms and comfort (odds ratio [OR] = 0.29; 95% confidence interval [CI 95%] = 0.14, 0.59), with patient psychological care (OR = 0.56;
Proposal Model of early palliative care (PC) integrated in oncology is based on shared care from the diagnosis to the end of life and is mainly focused on patients with greater complexity. However,...
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USC Leonard Davis Associate Professor Susan Enguídanos, an expert in palliative and hospice care, will be honored for her extensive body of research in palliative care just as she begins a new project implementing and evaluating an innovative, patient-centered palliative care program.. Enguídanos will receive a 2015 Award of Excellence in Research from the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) during the organizations General Assembly in Philadelphia February 23-24, 2015. The award recognizes a commitment to research and scientific publication that "contributes significantly to the body of knowledge in psychosocial palliative care, hospice, grief, loss, and bereavement," according to the SWPHN website.. "This is an incredible honor, especially given the track records of previous SWHPN award recipients who have conducted important palliative care research," Enguídanos said.. Enguídanos impressive body of research includes work on improving palliative care access and ...
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TY - JOUR. T1 - Differences in primary palliative care between people with organ failure and people with cancer: An international mortality follow-back study using quality indicators. AU - Penders, Yolanda W. H.. AU - Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Bregje. AU - Moreels, Sarah. AU - Donker, G. A.. AU - Miccinesi, Guido. AU - Alonso, Tomás Vega. AU - Deliens, Luc. AU - van den Block, Lieve. PY - 2018. Y1 - 2018. N2 - Background: Measuring the quality of palliative care in a systematic way using quality indicators can illuminate differences between patient groups. Aim: To investigate differences in the quality of palliative care in primary care between people who died of cancer and people who died of organ failure. Design: Mortality follow-back survey among general practitioners in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain (2013-2014), and Italy (2013-2015). A standardized registration form was used to construct quality indicators regarding regular pain measurement, acceptance of the approaching end of life, ...
Patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received early palliative care lived two months longer than patients receiving standard care and reported improved mood and quality of life, according to a study in the Aug. 19 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
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Palliative care is provided both within the Medicare hospice benefit (hospice palliative care) and outside it (nonhospice palliative care). Nonhospice palliative care is offered simultaneously with life-prolonging and curative therapies for persons living with serious, complex, and life-threatening illness. Hospice palliative care becomes appropriate when curative treatments are no longer beneficial, when the burdens of these treatments exceed their benefits, or when patients are entering the last weeks to months of life. ...
Objective Identify the proportion of older patients seen in a secondary care heart failure service who are on their General Practitioners PCR at the time of their death. Method: Consecutive patients with echocardiogram-proven left ventricular systolic dysfunction referred to a secondary care older heart failure service between July 2001 and July 2007 and on optimal treatment were included. Electronic records were used to identify those deceased by June 2010. GP practices were contacted enquiring if a PCR was being used by the practice at the time of their patients death and if the patient was on the register. A concurrent audit of patients referred to specialist palliative care services between January 2010 and 2011 was also carried out. The number of those patients added to the palliative care register was reviewed.. ...
Palliative care provides symptom management, psychosocial support, and facilitation of shared decision-making. Patients with cardiovascular disease at end of life suffer high symptom burden and face complex medical decisions. In recognition of the needs of heart failure (HF) patients, statements and guidelines1,2 recommend palliative care involvement, especially for patients with stage D HF. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services have also mandated that palliative care specialists play a role in the care of patients considered for destination ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy. Nonetheless, few patients with HF receive formal palliative care. In a chart review of 1,320 patients admitted for HF, only 10% received palliative care consults. The mean time from palliative care consultation to death was 21 days.3 Only 19% of Medicare patients with HF accessed their hospice benefit before death.4. Challenges inherent in providing end-of-life care to the HF patient population include ...
Objectives1. To highlight the changing landscape of care and medical decision-making for patients with Trisomy 18 and 13.2. To describe recent morbidity and mortality data on patients with diagnosis of Trisomy 18 and 13.3. To illustrate the positive impact of pediatric palliative care on the well-being of children and families facing life-limiting illness.
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Palliative care is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Patients have a range of diseases and respond differently to treatment options. A key benefit of palliative care is that it customizes treatment to meet the individual needs of each patient.. Palliative care addresses symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. It helps patients gain the strength to carry on with daily life. It improves their ability to tolerate medical treatments. And, it helps them better understand their choices for care. Overall, palliative care offers patients the best possible quality of life during their illness.. Palliative care benefits both patients and their families. Along with symptom management, communication and support for the family are the main goals. The team helps patients and families make medical decisions and choose treatments that are in line with their goals ...
The concept of quality of life (QOL) is the central outcome measure in palliative care research. The WHO defines QOL as the individual perception of the position in life in the context of the culture and value system in which they live, and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns.1 In palliative care research, focusing on a general individual perception of QOL by using a single-item question is still uncommon. Many instruments used for research were designed using either a health-related concept of QOL2 or a multidimensional perspective.3 4 Studies have shown in recent years that QOL at the end of life is linked to non-physical determinants.5 6. Among these, the spiritual domain is relevant for palliative patients.3. A paper of the European Association for Palliative Care Task Force on spiritual care defines spirituality as the dynamic dimension of human life that relates to the way persons (individual and community) experience, express and/or seek meaning, purpose ...
... (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tive) focuses on providing patients with the relief from the pain, symptoms and stress associated with serious illness. Palliative care (or comfort care) is given to improve quality of life when you have a serious or life-threatening illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, lung disease, cardiac disease/stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), dementia, serious trauma or kidney failure. It is provided by an interdisciplinary team including medical and nursing specialists, social workers, clergy and other staff. All team members work together to meet the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of you and your family.. Palliative care can be provided at the same time as curative medical treatments and strives to provide symptom and pain relief while helping you explore potential care options. Palliative care specialists can also help you make informed decisions and set goals for your care. A palliative care specialist can help by:. ...
Date: 2017-12-12. On Monday, December 11, 2017, St. Josephs Care Groups, North West Regional Palliative Care Program received the North West LHIN Leadership Award for its Exceptional Approach to Stakeholder engagement. Since 2015, the Regional Palliative Care Program (RPCP) has been creating an integrated system of palliative care. The RPCP has prioritized engagement with First Nations communities and the organizations that support them in delivering care to their members. The RPCP aims to respond to the needs of not only the individual but their family, friends, and caregivers and includes a full continuum of care available from initial diagnosis to the period of bereavement. RPCP identified local champions to lead community palliative care programs in all five LHIN Sub-regions, signed formal partnership agreements with community palliative care teams in 9 Local Health Hubs across the region, and established a community of practice for local palliative care champions.. More details found in ...
Dementia is a syndrome that is progressive, degenerative and terminal. The palliative care philosophy aims to maximize quality of life for the dying individual and has been recognized in the literature as being both beneficial and under-used in persons dying with dementia. The purpose of this study was to investigate the experiences of staff delivering palliative care to individuals with dementia to determine how care was delivered, to learn which assessment tools were used, and whether policies were affected the delivery of palliative care. Twenty-two staff participants were interviewed. Data were interpreted using phenomenological methodology. Findings yielded three themes: confusion, resource shortages, and communication difficulties. Implications for practice include the clarification of terminology surrounding palliative care, the education of families about dementia and palliative care, better resource management, and a dementia-specific model of palliative care. Fruitful areas for future research
This report brings together established and developing work on older people, ethnicity and palliative care from PRIAE (Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity) and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC). It draws attention to the palliative care needs and experiences of elders from groups most commonly referred to in the UK as being minority ethnic. The recognition of how multiple and simultaneous disadvantages can affect palliative care needs and experiences is an issue of broad relevance to palliative care - and one that is not restricted to the discussion of old age and ethnicity. In this sense, the report also aims to encourage more complex approaches to inequality in palliative care for all service users.
WHO defines palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life (QOL) of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.1 Palliative care can be provided to a person of any age and it is not limited to patients who are actively dying, is appropriate at any stage (stable, unstable, deteriorating or terminal) of serious illnesses (cancer and/or another disease).2 Palliative care is best introduced early in the course of illness and it can be provided alongside curative treatment or other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Worldwide, an estimated 40 million people are in need of palliative care each year, but only 14% receive it.3 The majority of adults in need of palliative care have serious diseases such as ...
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FOR many people facing life-threatening conditions such as advanced cancer, dementia or motor neurone disease, once the term palliative care is mentioned, it can seem like the end.. Palliative care is offered to people to help with the pain of their condition without treating the cause. It is also offered to patients as end of life care when they are expected to die within 12 months or less.. However, this often difficult and lonely stage in a persons illness needs to be just as carefully managed as when the medical team are actively trying to do all that they can to cure or halt the spread of disease.. The spotlight has recently been turned on this sensitive time for patients by an new all-Ireland survey on palliative care experiences - good and bad - which reveals that there is still room for improvement.. The Lets Talk About Palliative Care Survey Report found that over two thirds (68 per cent) of people with palliative care needs regarded planning for the future as their biggest ...
Cancer pain is associated with significant costs. Uncontrolled cancer pain impairs physical and psychological functioning while also being associated with increased resource utilization and healthcare costs. Patients continue to report high levels of cancer pain despite the presence of effective guidelines, shown to produce highly significant and sustained reductions. These guidelines are based on the WHO analgesic ladder with opiate analgesics as the mainstay of treatment for moderate to severe pain regardless of its etiology. This study aimed to examine patient barriers to cancer pain control among Irish palliative care patients by examining patient reported pain, prescribed analgesics and patient concerns about reporting pain and using analgesics using internationally validated tools. Methods: A cross sectional survey was undertaken of all eligible patients attending a regional specialist palliative care centre over a four month period. Patients completed the Barriers Questionnaire II (BQII) to
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