- Place of death: correlations with quality of life of patients with cancer and predictors of bereaved caregivers' mental health
Alexi A Wright
Department of Medical Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA
J Clin Oncol 28:4457-64. 2010
..To determine whether the place of death for patients with cancer is associated with patients' quality of life (QoL) at the end of life (EOL) and psychiatric disorders in bereaved caregivers...
- Mental health, treatment preferences, advance care planning, location, and quality of death in advanced cancer patients with dependent children
Matthew E Nilsson
Center for Psycho Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts 01225, USA
Cancer 115:399-409. 2009
..The objective of this study was to determine empirically whether advanced cancer patients with and without dependent children differ in treatment preferences, mental health, and end-of-life (EOL) outcomes...
- Religious coping and behavioral disengagement: opposing influences on advance care planning and receipt of intensive care near death
Paul K Maciejewski
Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Psychooncology 21:714-23. 2012
..This study examines the relationships between methods of coping with advanced cancer, completion of advance care directives, and receipt of intensive, life-prolonging care near death...
- "If God wanted me yesterday, I wouldn't be here today": religious and spiritual themes in patients' experiences of advanced cancer
Sara R Alcorn
Center for Psycho Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts 01225, USA
J Palliat Med 13:581-8. 2010
..This study sought to inductively derive core themes of religion and/or spirituality (R/S) active in patients' experiences of advanced cancer to inform the development of spiritual care interventions in the terminally ill cancer setting...
- Provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced cancer: associations with medical care and quality of life near death
Tracy Anne Balboni
Departments of Psycho Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 01225, USA
J Clin Oncol 28:445-52. 2010
..To determine whether spiritual care from the medical team impacts medical care received and quality of life (QoL) at the end of life (EoL) and to examine these relationships according to patient religious coping...
- Religious coping and use of intensive life-prolonging care near death in patients with advanced cancer
Andrea C Phelps
Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
JAMA 301:1140-7. 2009
..Patients frequently rely on religious faith to cope with cancer, but little is known about the associations between religious coping and the use of intensive life-prolonging care at the end of life...
- Health care costs in the last week of life: associations with end-of-life conversations
Center for Psycho Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Arch Intern Med 169:480-8. 2009
..Life-sustaining medical care of patients with advanced cancer at the end of life (EOL) is costly. Patient-physician discussions about EOL wishes are associated with lower rates of intensive interventions...
- End-of-life discussions, goal attainment, and distress at the end of life: predictors and outcomes of receipt of care consistent with preferences
Jennifer W Mack
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Pediatric Oncology, 44 Binney St 454, Boston, MA 02115, USA
J Clin Oncol 28:1203-8. 2010
..Physicians have an ethical obligation to honor patients' values for care, including at the end of life (EOL). We sought to evaluate factors that help patients to receive care consistent with their preferences...
- Influence of patients' preferences and treatment site on cancer patients' end-of-life care
Alexi A Wright
Department of Medical Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
Cancer 116:4656-63. 2010
..The authors examined whether patients' desire for life-extending therapy was associated with their EOL care...
- Associations between end-of-life discussions, patient mental health, medical care near death, and caregiver bereavement adjustment
Alexi A Wright
Department of Medical Oncology and Center for Psycho Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 550 Shields Warren, 44 Binney St, Boston, MA 02115, USA
JAMA 300:1665-73. 2008
..Talking about death can be difficult. Without evidence that end-of-life discussions improve patient outcomes, physicians must balance their desire to honor patient autonomy against a concern of inflicting psychological harm...
- Letting go of the rope--aggressive treatment, hospice care, and open access
Alexi A Wright
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA
N Engl J Med 357:324-7. 2007