Maharaj, AD, Ioannou, L, Croagh, D, Zalcberg, J, Neale, RE, Goldstein, D, Merrett, N, Kench, JG, White, K, Pilgrim, CHC, Chantrill, L, Cosman, P, Kneebone, A, Lipton, L, Nikfarjam, M, Philip, J, Sandroussi, C, Tagkalidis, P, Chye, R, Haghighi, KS, Samra, J & Evans, SM 2019, 'Monitoring quality of care for patients with pancreatic cancer: a modified Delphi consensus.', HPB, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 444-455.View/Download from: Publisher's site
BACKGROUND:Best practise care optimises survival and quality of life in patients with pancreatic cancer (PC), but there is evidence of variability in management and suboptimal care for some patients. Monitoring practise is necessary to underpin improvement initiatives. We aimed to develop a core set of quality indicators that measure quality of care across the disease trajectory. METHODS:A modified, three-round Delphi survey was performed among experts with wide experience in PC care across three states in Australia. A total of 107 potential quality indicators were identified from the literature and divided into five areas: diagnosis and staging, surgery, other treatment, patient management and outcomes. A further six indicators were added by the panel, increasing potential quality indicators to 113. Rated on a scale of 1-9, indicators with high median importance and feasibility (score 7-9) and low disagreement (<1) were considered in the candidate set. RESULTS:From 113 potential quality indicators, 34 indicators met the inclusion criteria and 27 (7 diagnosis and staging, 5 surgical, 4 other treatment, 5 patient management, 6 outcome) were included in the final set. CONCLUSIONS:The developed indicator set can be applied as a tool for internal quality improvement, comparative quality reporting, public reporting and research in PC care.
Hosie, A, Phillips, J, Lam, L, Kochovska, S, Noble, B, Brassil, M, Kurrle, SE, Cumming, A, Caplan, GA, Chye, R, Le, B, Ely, EW, Lawlor, PG, Bush, SH, Davis, JM, Lovell, M, Brown, L, Fazekas, B, Cheah, SL, Edwards, L & Agar, M 2019, 'Multicomponent non-pharmacological intervention to prevent delirium for hospitalised people with advanced cancer: study protocol for a phase II cluster randomised controlled trial.', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. e026177-e026177.View/Download from: Publisher's site
INTRODUCTION:Delirium is a significant medical complication for hospitalised patients. Up to one-third of delirium episodes are preventable in older inpatients through non-pharmacological strategies that support essential human needs, such as physical and cognitive activity, sleep, hydration, vision and hearing. We hypothesised that a multicomponent intervention similarly may decrease delirium incidence, and/or its duration and severity, in inpatients with advanced cancer. Prior to a phase III trial, we aimed to determine if a multicomponent non-pharmacological delirium prevention intervention is feasible and acceptable for this specific inpatient group. METHODS AND ANALYSIS:The study is a phase II cluster randomised wait-listed controlled trial involving inpatients with advanced cancer at four Australian palliative care inpatient units. Intervention sites will introduce delirium screening, diagnostic assessment and a multicomponent delirium prevention intervention with six domains of care: preserving natural sleep; maintaining optimal vision and hearing; optimising hydration; promoting communication, orientation and cognition; optimising mobility; and promoting family partnership. Interdisciplinary teams will tailor intervention delivery to each site and to patient need. Control sites will first introduce only delirium screening and diagnosis, later implementing the intervention, modified according to initial results. The primary outcome is adherence to the intervention during the first seven days of admission, measured for 40 consecutively admitted eligible patients. Secondary outcomes relate to fidelity and feasibility, acceptability and sustainability of the study intervention, processes and measures in this patient population, using quantitative and qualitative measures. Delirium incidence and severity will be measured to inform power calculations for a future phase III trial. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:Ethical approval was obtained for all four sites. Trial r...
Luckett, T, Phillips, J, Johnson, M, Garcia, M, Bhattarai, P, Carrieri-Kohlman, V, Hutchinson, A, Disler, RT, Currow, D, Agar, M, Ivynian, S, Chye, R, Newton, PJ & Davidson, PM 2017, 'Insights from Australians with respiratory disease living in the community with experience of self-managing through an emergency department 'near miss' for breathlessness: a strengths-based qualitative study.', BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 1-11.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Breathlessness 'crises' in people with chronic respiratory conditions are a common precipitant for emergency department (ED) presentations, many of which might be avoided through improved self-management and support. This study sought insights from people with experience of ED 'near misses' where they considered going to the ED but successfully self-managed instead.A qualitative approach was used with a phenomenological orientation. Participants were eligible if they reported breathlessness on most days from a diagnosed respiratory condition and experience of ≥1 ED near miss. Recruitment was through respiratory support groups and pulmonary rehabilitation clinics. Semistructured interviews were conducted with each participant via telephone or face-to-face. Questions focused on ED-related decision-making, information finding, breathlessness management and support. This analysis used an integrative approach and independent coding by two researchers. Lazarus and Cohen's Transactional Model of Stress and Coping informed interpretive themes.Interviews were conducted with 20 participants, 15 of whom had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nineteen interviews were conducted via telephone. Analysis identified important factors in avoiding ED presentation to include perceived control over breathlessness, self-efficacy in coping with a crisis and desire not to be hospitalised. Effective coping strategies included: taking a project management approach that involved goal setting, monitoring and risk management; managing the affective dimension of breathlessness separately from the sensory perceptual and building three-way partnerships with primary care and respiratory services.In addition to teaching non-pharmacological and pharmacological management of breathlessness, interventions should aim to develop patients' generic self-management skills. Interventions to improve self-efficacy should ensure this is substantiated by transfer of skills and support, including knowledge...
Hosie, A, Lobb, E, Agar, M, Davidson, P, Chye, R, Lam, L & Phillips, J 2016, 'Measuring delirium point-prevalence in two Australian palliative care inpatient units', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE NURSING, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 13-21.
Luckett, TR, Phillips, J, Lintzeris, N, Allsop, D, Lee, J, Solowij, N, Martin, J, Lam, L, Aggarwal, R, McCaffrey, N, Currow, D, Chye, R, Lovell, M, McGregor, I & Agar, M 2016, 'Clinical trials of medicinal cannabis for appetite-related symptoms from advanced cancer: A survey of preferences, attitudes and beliefs among patients willing to consider participation', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 46, no. 11, pp. 1269-1275.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Sanderson, C, Quinn, SJ, Agar, M, Chye, R, Clark, K, Doogue, M, Fazekas, B, Lee, J, Lovell, MR, Rowett, D, Spruyt, O & Currow, DC 2016, 'Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: net effect of pregabalin for neuropathic pain.', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 6, pp. 323-330.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Real-world effectiveness of many medications has been poorly researched, including in hospice/palliative care. Directly extrapolating findings from other clinical settings may not yield robust clinical advice. Pharmacovigilance studies provide an opportunity to understand better the net impact of medications. The study aimed to examine immediate and short-term benefits and harms of pregabalin in routine practice for neuropathic pain in hospice/palliative care.A consecutive cohort of 155 patients from 62 centres in 5 countries was started on pregabalin and studied prospectively. Data were collected at three time points: baseline; day 7 (immediate, short-term harms); ad hoc reports of any harms ≤21 days; and day 21 (short-term benefits).Median dose for 155 patients at day 21 was 150 mg/24 h. Benefits were reported by 61 patients (39%), of whom 11 (7%) experienced complete pain resolution. Harms were reported by 51 (35%) patients at or before 7 days, the most frequent of which were somnolence, fatigue, cognitive disturbance and dizziness. 10 patients (6%) ceased pregabalin due to harms, but 82 patients (53%) were being treated at 21 days. In regression modelling, people with worse baseline pain derived more benefit (OR=8.5 (95% CI 2.5 to 28.68).Pregabalin delivered benefit to many patients, with 4 of 10 experiencing pain reductions by 21 days. Harms, occurring in 1 in 3 patients, may be difficult to detect in clinical practice, as they mostly involve worsening of symptoms prevalent at baseline.
Sheehan, C, Clark, K, Lam, L & Chye, R 2011, 'A Retrospective Analysis of Primary Diagnosis, Comorbidities, Anticholinergic Load, and Other Factors on Treatment for Noisy Respiratory Secretions at the End of Life', JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 1211-1216.View/Download from: Publisher's site