Alexander K Smith

Summary

Affiliation: University of California
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc The diverse landscape of palliative care clinics
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA
    J Palliat Med 16:661-8. 2013
  2. pmc When previously expressed wishes conflict with best interests
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94941, USA
    JAMA Intern Med 173:1241-5. 2013
  3. pmc Half of older Americans seen in emergency department in last month of life; most admitted to hospital, and many die there
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco UCSF, CA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 31:1277-85. 2012
  4. pmc Conducting high-value secondary dataset analysis: an introductory guide and resources
    Alexander K Smith
    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 26:920-9. 2011
  5. pmc Emergency department experiences of acutely symptomatic patients with terminal illness and their family caregivers
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
    J Pain Symptom Manage 39:972-81. 2010
  6. pmc Palliative care for Latino patients and their families: whenever we prayed, she wept
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA
    JAMA 301:1047-57, E1. 2009
  7. pmc Racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life care in fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer
    Alexander K Smith
    Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 57:153-8. 2009
  8. doi request reprint Am I doing the right thing? Provider perspectives on improving palliative care in the emergency department
    Alexander K Smith
    Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
    Ann Emerg Med 54:86-93, 93.e1. 2009
  9. pmc The epidemiology of pain during the last 2 years of life
    Alexander K Smith
    University of California, San Francisco, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 94121, USA
    Ann Intern Med 153:563-9. 2010
  10. pmc Every patient is an individual: clinicians balance individual factors when discussing prognosis with diverse frail elderly adults
    Julie N Thai
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94121, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 61:264-9. 2013

Detail Information

Publications23

  1. pmc The diverse landscape of palliative care clinics
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA
    J Palliat Med 16:661-8. 2013
    ..Many health care organizations are interested in instituting a palliative care clinic. However, there are insufficient published data regarding existing practices to inform the development of new programs...
  2. pmc When previously expressed wishes conflict with best interests
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94941, USA
    JAMA Intern Med 173:1241-5. 2013
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  3. pmc Half of older Americans seen in emergency department in last month of life; most admitted to hospital, and many die there
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco UCSF, CA, USA
    Health Aff (Millwood) 31:1277-85. 2012
    ..Policies that encourage the preparation of patients and families for death and early enrollment in hospice may prevent emergency department visits at the end of life...
  4. pmc Conducting high-value secondary dataset analysis: an introductory guide and resources
    Alexander K Smith
    Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 26:920-9. 2011
    ..Secondary dataset analysis is a well-established methodology. Secondary analysis is particularly valuable for junior investigators, who have limited time and resources to demonstrate expertise and productivity...
  5. pmc Emergency department experiences of acutely symptomatic patients with terminal illness and their family caregivers
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
    J Pain Symptom Manage 39:972-81. 2010
    ..Despite increased focus on improving palliative care in the emergency department (ED), there is little research on how to best address the specific needs of this patient population...
  6. pmc Palliative care for Latino patients and their families: whenever we prayed, she wept
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA
    JAMA 301:1047-57, E1. 2009
    ..Concrete suggestions are provided for clinicians in working with interpreters, eliciting culturally based attitudes and beliefs, and implementing universal strategies for clear health communication...
  7. pmc Racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life care in fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer
    Alexander K Smith
    Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 57:153-8. 2009
    ..To examine racial and ethnic variation in use of hospice and high-intensity care in patients with terminal illness...
  8. doi request reprint Am I doing the right thing? Provider perspectives on improving palliative care in the emergency department
    Alexander K Smith
    Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
    Ann Emerg Med 54:86-93, 93.e1. 2009
    ..Little is known about delivering palliative care in the emergency department (ED). We explore the attitudes, experiences, and beliefs of emergency providers about palliative care in the ED, using structured qualitative methods...
  9. pmc The epidemiology of pain during the last 2 years of life
    Alexander K Smith
    University of California, San Francisco, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 94121, USA
    Ann Intern Med 153:563-9. 2010
    ..The epidemiology of pain during the last years of life has not been well described...
  10. pmc Every patient is an individual: clinicians balance individual factors when discussing prognosis with diverse frail elderly adults
    Julie N Thai
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94121, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 61:264-9. 2013
    ..To explore clinician choice of whether to discuss prognosis with their frail older patients...
  11. pmc Racial and ethnic differences in advance care planning among patients with cancer: impact of terminal illness acknowledgment, religiousness, and treatment preferences
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1309 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446, USA
    J Clin Oncol 26:4131-7. 2008
    ..Despite well-documented racial and ethnic differences in advance care planning (ACP), we know little about why these differences exist. This study tested proposed mediators of racial/ethnic differences in ACP...
  12. pmc "Knowing is better": preferences of diverse older adults for discussing prognosis
    Cyrus Ahalt
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 27:568-75. 2012
    ..Evidence suggests that preferences for prognostic information may be culturally determined. Yet little is known about the preferences of diverse elders for discussing prognosis...
  13. pmc Advance care planning and the quality of end-of-life care in older adults
    Kara E Bischoff
    Department of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94143, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 61:209-14. 2013
    ..To determine whether advance care planning influences quality of end-of-life care...
  14. pmc Use of the Medicare posthospitalization skilled nursing benefit in the last 6 months of life
    Katherine Aragon
    Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
    Arch Intern Med 172:1573-9. 2012
    ..We sought to examine patterns of Medicare posthospitalization SNF use in the last 6 months of life...
  15. pmc Length of stay for older adults residing in nursing homes at the end of life
    Anne Kelly
    Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 58:1701-6. 2010
    ..To describe lengths of stay of nursing home decedents...
  16. pmc Disability during the last two years of life
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco2Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California
    JAMA Intern Med 173:1506-13. 2013
    ..Women have a substantially longer period of end-of-life disability than men. ..
  17. doi request reprint Crying: experiences and attitudes of third-year medical students and interns
    Anthony D Sung
    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    Teach Learn Med 21:180-7. 2009
    ..The medical socialization process is emotionally stressful for trainees; anecdotally, crying is a frequent response. Purposes: To understand the experiences and attitudes related to crying among 3rd-year medical students and interns...
  18. pmc Differences in the quality of the patient-physician relationship among terminally ill African-American and white patients: impact on advance care planning and treatment preferences
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brookline, MA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 22:1579-82. 2007
    ..Little is known about the quality of the patient-physician relationship for terminally ill African Americans...
  19. ncbi request reprint On being fired: experiences of patient-initiated termination of the patient-physician relationship in palliative medicine
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02446, USA
    J Palliat Med 10:938-47. 2007
    ..Little has been written about the experience of patient-initiated termination of the patient-physician relationship, and to our knowledge, nothing has been written that is specific to palliative care...
  20. pmc Quality of life in late-life disability: "I don't feel bitter because I am in a wheelchair"
    Jennifer King
    School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California 94121, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 60:569-76. 2012
    ..To determine perceived quality of life in a diverse population of elderly adults with late-life disability...
  21. ncbi request reprint Resident approaches to advance care planning on the day of hospital admission
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    Arch Intern Med 166:1597-602. 2006
    ..Previous research has demonstrated a need to improve patient-physician communication around advance care planning. A critical time for advance care planning conversations is the day of admission to the hospital...
  22. doi request reprint Racial/ethnic disparities in liver transplant surgery and hospice use: parallels, differences, and unanswered questions
    Alexander K Smith
    Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brookline, MA 02446, USA
    Am J Hosp Palliat Care 25:285-91. 2008
    ..Although the goals of care are different, by examining hospice and transplant surgery side by side in the larger context of health disparities, a number of potentially promising avenues for future research have been uncovered...
  23. pmc Prognostic indices for older adults: a systematic review
    Lindsey C Yourman
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
    JAMA 307:182-92. 2012
    ..To better target services to those who may benefit, many guidelines recommend incorporating life expectancy into clinical decisions...