Applying evidence-based symptomatic treatments from other clinical disciplines to palliative care

Slavica Kochovska, Meera R. Agar, Jane L. Phillips, Jennifer Tieman, Caitlin Sheehan, Katherine Clark, David C. Currow

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    Abstract

    The evidence base for palliative care has seen a steady increase in the number of high-quality randomised controlled studies that have significantly contributed to
    improving patients’ and caregivers’ care in this setting. Adequately powered phase III studies are the gold standard in establishing a causal link between the intervention and the outcome. Ideally, studies conducted in other clinical disciplines (with comparable populations) would be repeated in palliative care populations to confirm the benefits and harms of any proposed non-pharmacological or pharmacological intervention but this is costly, timeconsuming, resource intensive and may be difficult to justify ethically if the results from another clinical discipline
    can reasonably be applied to palliative care patients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)458-460
    Number of pages3
    JournalPalliative Medicine
    Volume35
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

    Keywords

    • Symptomatic Treatment
    • Clinical Disciplines
    • Palliative Care

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