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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 – February 2016
Volume 51, Issue 2, p149-496, e1-e4

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

The Burden of Polypharmacy in Patients Near the End of Life
Michael J. McNeil, Arif H. Kamal, Jean S. Kutner, Christine S. Ritchie, Amy P. Abernethy, p178–183.e2
Patients with advanced illness are prescribed multiple medications in the last year of life, intensifying the risk of negative consequences related to polypharmacy.

Quality of Care and Satisfaction With Care on Palliative Care Units
Kirsten Wentlandt, Dori Seccareccia, Nanor Kevork, Kevin Workentin, Susan Blacker, Daphna Grossman, Camilla Zimmermann, p184–192
There is little research on quality of care specific to palliative care units (PCUs).

Compassion in Health Care: An Empirical Model
Shane Sinclair, Susan McClement, Shelley Raffin-Bouchal, Thomas F. Hack, Neil A. Hagen, Shelagh McConnell, Harvey Max Chochinov, p193–203
Compassion is frequently referenced as a hallmark of quality care by patients, health care providers, health care administrators, and policy makers. Despite its putative centrality, including its institution in recent health care reform, an empirical understanding based on the perspectives of patients, the recipients of compassion, is lacking—making compassion one of the most referenced yet poorly understood elements of quality care.

Does Increasing Home Care Nursing Reduce Emergency Department Visits at the End of Life? A Population-Based Cohort Study of Cancer Decedents
Hsien Seow, Lisa Barbera, Reka Pataky, Beverley Lawson, Erin O'Leary, Konrad Fassbender, Kim McGrail, Fred Burge, Melissa Brouwers, Rinku Sutradhar, p204–212
Despite being commonplace in health care systems, little research has described home care nursing's effectiveness to reduce acute care use at the end of life.

The Social Convoy for Family Caregivers Over the Course of Hospice
David L. Albright, Karla Washington, Debra Parker-Oliver, Alexandria Lewis, Robin L. Kruse, George Demiris, p213–219
Family caregivers play a central role in the care of those in hospice care. Little is known about the social support networks for those providing this day-to-day care without training.

Minimal Clinically Important Difference in the Physical, Emotional, and Total Symptom Distress Scores of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System
David Hui, Omar Shamieh, Carlos Eduardo Paiva, Odai Khamash, Pedro Emilio Perez-Cruz, Jung Hye Kwon, Mary Ann Muckaden, Minjeong Park, Joseph Arthur, Eduardo Bruera, p262–269
The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) is one of the most commonly used symptom batteries in clinical practice and research.

Special Article:

Methodological Research Priorities in Palliative Care and Hospice Quality Measurement
Sydney Morss Dy, Keela Herr, Rachelle E. Bernacki, Arif H. Kamal, Anne M. Walling, Mary Ersek, Sally A. Norton, p155–162


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