Palliative care provision for patients with a haematological malignancy : can we do more?

O'Dell, Elise & Chan, Raymond Javan (2014) Palliative care provision for patients with a haematological malignancy : can we do more? Cancer Nursing, 37(4), pp. 239-240.

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Abstract

This editorial depicts the current challenges in palliative care provision for patients with a haematological malignancy and the contribution of cancer nurses.

There have been significant advancements in the care of patients with a hematological malignancy over the past three or more decades1. Despite this, there still exists a significant mortality risk in curative treatment and many patients with a hematological malignancy will die from their disease1. A growing body of research indicates patients with a hematological malignancy do not receive best practice palliative and end-of-life care2. Shortfalls in care include poor referral patterns to specialist palliative care services, lack of honest discussions regarding death and dying, inadequate spiritual care for patients and families, patients frequently dying in the acute care setting and high levels of patient and family distress2. There have been a number of efforts in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Sweden, and Australia demonstrating palliative and hematology care can co-exist, exemplified through clinical case studies and innovative models of care2. However, deficits in the provision of palliative care for patients with a hematological malignancy persist as evident in the international literature2. Addressing this issue requires research exploring new aspects of a complex scenario; here we suggest priority areas of research...

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ID Code: 69676
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Palliative care, Cancer nursing, Hematological malignancy
DOI: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000164
ISSN: 1538-9804
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Haematological Tumours (111206)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2014 22:23
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2015 15:57

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