Researching Palliative Care

Researching Palliative Care



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335204373
Publisher: Open University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Series: Facing Death Ser.
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Series editor's prefacevii
Part IKey methods for researching palliative care11
Introduction to Part I13
1Systematic reviews17
2Survey research in palliative care using bereaved relatives27
3How many subjects are needed in a research sample in palliative care?37
4Placebo-controlled trials in palliative care: the argument for42
5Placebo-controlled trials in palliative care: the argument against49
6What is qualitative research and what can it contribute to palliative care?56
7Ethical issues in qualitative research in palliative care67
Part IIClinical research in palliative care75
Introduction to Part II77
8Fatigue in advanced cancer: meaning before measurement?81
9How reliable are relatives' retrospective reports of terminal illness? Patients' and relatives' accounts compared98
10Pitfalls in placebo-controlled trials in palliative care: dexamethasone for the palliation of malignant bowel obstruction110
11Multicentre randomized controlled trial of nursing intervention for breathlessness in patients with lung cancer119
12Outcome measures in palliative care for advanced cancer patients: a review127
Part IIINeeds assessment, audit and evaluation141
Introduction to Part III143
13Key issues in palliative care needs assessment146
14Palliative care needs assessment: incorporating the views of service users152
15The assessment of need for bereavement follow-up in palliative and hospice care158
16Clinical audit and organizational audit in palliative care169
17Formative evaluation and its relevance to palliative care184

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