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Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management is the official professional journal of NHPCO. JPSM, published by Elsevier, is a highly respected journal in the field of hospice and palliative care with a readership that increasingly extends to the broader medical community. NHPCO members may subscribe to JPSM at greatly reduced rates.

Current Issue Highlights – June 2016
Volume 51, Issue 6, p959-1112

List of Original Articles in the current issue (view the complete table of contents on the JPSM website):

Burdensome Physical and Depressive Symptoms Predict Heart Failure–Specific Health Status Over One Year
Hillary D. Lum, Evan P. Carey, Diane Fairclough, Mary E. Plomondon, Evelyn Hutt, John S. Rumsfeld, David B. Bekelman, p963–970
Heart failure (HF)-specific health status (symptom burden, functional status, and health-related quality of life) is an important patient-reported outcome that is associated with palliative care needs, hospitalizations, and death.

Derek D. Ayeh, Hyo Jung Tak, John D. Yoon, Farr A. Curlin, p971–978
Families
of critically ill patients occasionally request that physicians continue life-sustaining treatment (LST), sometimes giving religious reasons.
 
A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Shuangbai San for Treating Primary Liver Cancer Patients With Cancer Pain
Xiaowei Ye, Dongyan Lu, Xinlin Chen, Suihui Li, Yao Chen, Li Deng, p979–986
Shuangbai
San is a Chinese herb preparation used externally to treat pain. There have been few randomized controlled trials addressing the safety and usefulness of Shuangbai San, such as its effect on pain relief and quality of life (QOL) improvement.
 
Anticipatory Nausea, Risk Factors, and Its Impact on Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: Results From the Pan European Emesis Registry Study
Alexander Molassiotis, Paul H. Lee, Thomas A. Burke, Mario Dicato, Pere Gascon, Fausto Roila, Matti Aapro, p987–993
Anticipatory (prechemotherapy) nausea (AN) is a classic conditioned symptom not responding well to current antiemetics. Minimal work has been done to assess its risk factors and impact on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV).
 
Pharmacokinetics of Phenobarbital in Microenema Via Macy Catheter Versus Suppository
Y.W. Francis Lam, Ansom Lam, Brad Macy, p994–1001
The oral route is compromised for nearly all patients approaching death. When agitation, seizures, or other intractable symptoms occur, a quick, discreet, comfortable, and effective alternate route for medication delivery that is easy to administer in the home setting is highly desirable.
 
A Rasch Analysis of Assessments of Morning and Evening Fatigue in Oncology Patients Using the Lee Fatigue Scale
Anners Lerdal, Anders Kottorp, Caryl Gay, Bradley E. Aouizerat, Kathryn A. Lee, Christine Miaskowski, p1002–1012
To accurately investigate diurnal variations in fatigue, a measure needs to be psychometrically sound and demonstrate stable item function in relationship to time of day.

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