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Issues in Palliative Care Research

Russell K. Portenoy and Eduardo Bruera


Palliative care is rapidly evolving as a multidimensional therapeutic model devoted to improving the quality of life of all patients with life-threatening illness. Symptom control, management of psychosocial and spiritual concerns, decision making consistent with values and goals, and care of the imminently dying that is appropriate and sensitive to the unique needs of the individual and the family — these are among the critical issues addressed through palliative care. As this discipline has evolved, the need for research in all these areas has become widely acknowledged. This book describes ... More

Keywords: palliative care, therapeutic model, quality of life, patients, life-threatening illness, symptom control, psychosocial concerns, spiritual concerns

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Russell K. Portenoy, editor
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, USA

Eduardo Bruera, editor
University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

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I Pain Research

II Research in Anorexia and Gastrointestinal Disorders

2 Methodological Issues Regarding Cancer Anorexia/Cachexia Trials

Charles L. Loprinzi, Jeff A. Sloan, and Kendrith M. Rowland, Jr.

III Research in Respiratory Symptoms

IV Research in Fatigue/Asthenia

11 Methodological Considerations in the Treatment of Fatigue

Lynne I. Wagner, David Cella, and Amy H. Peterman

V Neuropsychiatric and Psychosocial Research

VI Quality-of-Life Research

VII Research Issues in End-of-Life Care and Ethical Decision Making

VIII Research in Practice Change

IX Research Issues in Special Populations

23 Research in Pediatric Palliative Care

Betty Betty, Rose Steele, Kelli I. Stajduhar, and Anne Bruce

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