Gerhild Becker

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Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint ["Medical futility": the doctor caught between the demands for and the limitations of treatment]
    G Becker
    Abteilung Innere Medizin II, Medizinische Universitatsklinik, Freiburg i Br
    Dtsch Med Wochenschr 129:1694-7. 2004
  2. ncbi request reprint Do religious or spiritual beliefs influence bereavement? A systematic review
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Palliat Med 21:207-17. 2007
  3. ncbi request reprint Religious belief as a coping strategy: an explorative trial in patients irradiated for head-and-neck cancer
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine II, University Clinic, Freiburg, Germany
    Strahlenther Onkol 182:270-6. 2006
  4. doi request reprint Education in End-of-Life Care: What Do Experienced Professionals Find Important?
    Karin Jors
    Department of Palliative Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Medical Center Freiburg, Robert Koch Str 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    J Cancer Educ 31:272-8. 2016
  5. pmc Specialist palliative care services for adults with advanced, incurable illness in hospital, hospice, or community settings--protocol for a systematic review
    Jan Gaertner
    Department of Palliative Care, University Medical Center, Robert Koch Straße 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    Syst Rev 4:123. 2015
  6. pmc Early Palliative Care-Health services research and implementation of sustainable changes: the study protocol of the EVI project
    Cornelia Meffert
    Department of Palliative Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Cancer 15:443. 2015
  7. doi request reprint [Survey of potential improvements during the course of the radiotherapy treatment--a patient questionnaire]
    Felix Momm
    Klinik fur Strahlenheilkunde, Universitatsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg i Br, Germany
    Strahlenther Onkol 187:750-6. 2011
  8. pmc Planning training seminars in palliative care: a cross-sectional survey on the preferences of general practitioners and nurses in Austria
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine II, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Med Educ 10:43. 2010
  9. ncbi request reprint Pharmacological interventions for pruritus in adult palliative care patients
    Waldemar Siemens
    Clinic for Palliative Care, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany, Robert Koch Straße 3, Freiburg, Germany
    Cochrane Database Syst Rev 11:CD008320. 2016
  10. ncbi request reprint End-of-life care in hospital: current practice and potentials for improvement
    Gerhild Becker
    Departments of Medicine II, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    J Pain Symptom Manage 33:711-9. 2007

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Publications40

  1. ncbi request reprint ["Medical futility": the doctor caught between the demands for and the limitations of treatment]
    G Becker
    Abteilung Innere Medizin II, Medizinische Universitatsklinik, Freiburg i Br
    Dtsch Med Wochenschr 129:1694-7. 2004
    ..Secondly, who should determine when a treatment is futile. In this article we summarize the debate about futility and discuss the relevance of this concept...
  2. ncbi request reprint Do religious or spiritual beliefs influence bereavement? A systematic review
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Palliat Med 21:207-17. 2007
    ..Responses to bereavement may be influenced by characteristics such as age or gender, but also by factors like culture and religion...
  3. ncbi request reprint Religious belief as a coping strategy: an explorative trial in patients irradiated for head-and-neck cancer
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine II, University Clinic, Freiburg, Germany
    Strahlenther Onkol 182:270-6. 2006
    ..To explore the role of religious belief in coping with disease symptoms and treatment-related side effects in patients with head-and-neck cancer under radiotherapy...
  4. doi request reprint Education in End-of-Life Care: What Do Experienced Professionals Find Important?
    Karin Jors
    Department of Palliative Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Medical Center Freiburg, Robert Koch Str 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    J Cancer Educ 31:272-8. 2016
    ..The suggestions of experienced physicians and nurses should be integrated into the further development of palliative care curricula. ..
  5. pmc Specialist palliative care services for adults with advanced, incurable illness in hospital, hospice, or community settings--protocol for a systematic review
    Jan Gaertner
    Department of Palliative Care, University Medical Center, Robert Koch Straße 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    Syst Rev 4:123. 2015
    ..Therefore, we will conduct a systematic review according to Cochrane standards to examine the effects of SPC for adults with advanced illness...
  6. pmc Early Palliative Care-Health services research and implementation of sustainable changes: the study protocol of the EVI project
    Cornelia Meffert
    Department of Palliative Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Cancer 15:443. 2015
    ....
  7. doi request reprint [Survey of potential improvements during the course of the radiotherapy treatment--a patient questionnaire]
    Felix Momm
    Klinik fur Strahlenheilkunde, Universitatsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg i Br, Germany
    Strahlenther Onkol 187:750-6. 2011
    ..g., additional safety checks) during their daily therapy. It was the aim of this study to systematically ask patients about potential improvements during the course of radiotherapy treatment from their own perspective...
  8. pmc Planning training seminars in palliative care: a cross-sectional survey on the preferences of general practitioners and nurses in Austria
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine II, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Med Educ 10:43. 2010
    ..Training in palliative care is frequently requested by health care professionals. However, little is known in detail about the subject matters and the educational preferences of physicians and staff or assistant nurses in this field...
  9. ncbi request reprint Pharmacological interventions for pruritus in adult palliative care patients
    Waldemar Siemens
    Clinic for Palliative Care, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany, Robert Koch Straße 3, Freiburg, Germany
    Cochrane Database Syst Rev 11:CD008320. 2016
    ..In palliative care patients, pruritus is not the most prevalent but is one of the most puzzling symptoms. It can cause considerable discomfort and affects patients' quality of life...
  10. ncbi request reprint End-of-life care in hospital: current practice and potentials for improvement
    Gerhild Becker
    Departments of Medicine II, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    J Pain Symptom Manage 33:711-9. 2007
    ..These data highlight the need for systematic strategies to monitor patients' needs and to improve quality of care, especially during the last four days before death...
  11. doi request reprint Boswellia serrata acts on cerebral edema in patients irradiated for brain tumors: a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind pilot trial
    Simon Kirste
    Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Cancer 117:3788-95. 2011
    ..To investigate the activity of Boswellia serrata (BS) in radiotherapy-related edema, we conducted a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, pilot trial...
  12. pmc Implementing a home-based exercise program for patients with advanced, incurable diseases after discharge and their caregivers: lessons we have learned
    Waldemar Siemens
    Department of Palliative Care, University Medical Center Freiburg, Robert Koch Straße 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Res Notes 8:509. 2015
    ..We aimed at examining the feasibility of a home-based exercise program for patients with advanced, incurable diseases after discharge...
  13. pmc Four minutes for a patient, twenty seconds for a relative - an observational study at a university hospital
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine II, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Health Serv Res 10:94. 2010
    ..This study aimed to investigate how much time physicians at hospital wards spend on communication with patients and their families and how much time they spend on other specific work tasks...
  14. ncbi request reprint Tidying rooms and tending hearts: An explorative, mixed-methods study of hospital cleaning staff's experiences with seriously ill and dying patients
    Karin Jors
    Clinic for Palliative Care, Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Palliat Med . 2016
    ..In this study, we investigated how cleaning staff communicate and interact with seriously ill and dying patients as well as how cleaning staff cope with the situation of death and dying...
  15. pmc Palliative care for patients with heart failure: facilitators and barriers - a cross sectional survey of German health care professionals
    Jeanette Ziehm
    Section of Health Care Research and Rehabilitation Research, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Engelbergerstr 21, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Health Serv Res 16:361. 2016
    ..This study aims to identify German healthcare providers' (HCP) perception of barriers and facilitators to palliative care of patients with chronic heart failure...
  16. pmc Of apples and oranges: Lessons learned from the preparation of research protocols for systematic reviews exploring the effectiveness of Specialist Palliative Care
    Jan Gaertner
    Clinic for Palliative Care, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Palliat Care 15:43. 2016
    ..The aim of this article is to present the core issues of the discussion to help future research groups to easily identify potential pitfalls and methodologic necessities...
  17. pmc Drug treatments for pruritus in adult palliative care
    Waldemar Siemens
    Department of Palliative Care, Freiburg University Medical Center, Freiburg, Freiburg University Medical Center, German Cochrane Center, Freiburg, These two authors have contributed equally to the manuscript and share first authorship
    Dtsch Arztebl Int 111:863-70. 2014
    ..Pruritus is a rare but troublesome symptom in palliative-care patients with a variety of underlying diseases. The pharmacotherapy of pruritus is often off-label, and an evidence-based evaluation is needed...
  18. doi request reprint Pharmacological interventions for pruritus in adult palliative care patients
    Carola Xander
    German Cochrane Centre, Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Cochrane Database Syst Rev . 2013
    ..The pathogenesis of pruritus is complex and not fully elucidated. Thus, it is still very difficult to treat pruritus effectively. Evidence-based treatment approaches are needed...
  19. doi request reprint Novel opioid antagonists for opioid-induced bowel dysfunction and postoperative ileus
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Palliative Care, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Lancet 373:1198-206. 2009
    ..Further research should assess the effectiveness and safety of these drugs in clinical practice...
  20. doi request reprint Palliative care needs in COPD patients with or without cancer: an epidemiological study
    Cornelia Meffert
    Department of Palliative Care, University Medical Centre Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Eur Respir J 46:663-70. 2015
    ..87).Our results show that COPD patients have a high risk of developing palliative care needs. Further efforts are required to provide palliative care to COPD patients. ..
  21. pmc Identification of hospital patients in need of palliative care--a predictive score
    Cornelia Meffert
    Clinic for Palliative Care, Medical Center, University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Robert Koch Str 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Palliat Care 15:21. 2016
    ..The aim of our study was to describe the characteristics of hospital patients with palliative care needs and to develop a score for their identification...
  22. doi request reprint Advances in pharmacotherapy for opioid-induced constipation - a systematic review
    Waldemar Siemens
    University Medical Center, Department of Palliative Care, Freiburg, Germany
    Expert Opin Pharmacother 16:515-32. 2015
    ..This systematic review aimed to evaluate efficacy and safety of drugs in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with adult OIC patients...
  23. doi request reprint Dying in cancer centers: do the circumstances allow for a dignified death?
    Karin Jors
    Department of Palliative Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Cancer 120:3254-60. 2014
    ..Prior research has shown that hospitals are often ill-prepared to provide care for dying patients. This study assessed whether the circumstances for dying on cancer center wards allow for a dignified death...
  24. ncbi request reprint Peripherally acting opioid antagonists in the treatment of opiate-related constipation: a systematic review
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine II, University Hospital of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    J Pain Symptom Manage 34:547-65. 2007
    ..Further research is needed. If future Phase III trials provide supportive data, opioid antagonists may become a standard therapeutic option for the treatment of opiate-related constipation in patients with advanced cancer...
  25. ncbi request reprint Long-acting octreotide versus placebo for treatment of advanced HCC: a randomized controlled double-blind study
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Medicine II, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Hepatology 45:9-15. 2007
    ..05 (95% CI 0.71-1.55; P = 0.83). The CLIP score seems to predict survival better than both Okuda and CTP score...
  26. doi request reprint Stereotactic fractionated radiotherapy for Klatskin tumours
    Felix Momm
    University Hospital Freiburg, Department of Radiation Oncology, Freiburg i Br, Germany
    Radiother Oncol 95:99-102. 2010
    ..6/13 patients received additional chemotherapy before or after SFRT...
  27. pmc Methylnaltrexone for opioid-induced constipation: review and meta-analyses for objective plus subjective efficacy and safety outcomes
    Waldemar Siemens
    Clinic for Palliative Care, Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Ther Clin Risk Manag 12:401-12. 2016
    ..Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is a frequent adverse event that impairs patients' quality of life. This article evaluates the objective plus subjective efficacy and the safety of methylnaltrexone (MNTX) in OIC patients...
  28. pmc Health care professionals' attitudes regarding palliative care for patients with chronic heart failure: an interview study
    Jeanette Ziehm
    Section of Health Care Research and Rehabilitation Research, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    BMC Palliat Care 15:76. 2016
    ....
  29. pmc The Role of End-of-Life Issues in the Design and Reporting of Cancer Clinical Trials: A Structured Literature Review
    Jan Gaertner
    Department of Palliative Care, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany Palliative Care Center of Excellence for Baden Württemberg, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany
    PLoS ONE 10:e0136640. 2015
    ....
  30. doi request reprint Discovering the truth beyond the truth
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Palliative Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    J Pain Symptom Manage 49:646-9. 2015
    ..To help patients apprehend the truth, physicians are called to engage in a delicate back-and-forth of multiple difficult conversations in which each patient is accepted as a unique individual. ..
  31. doi request reprint Perceptions of a good death among German medical students
    Cornelia Meffert
    a Department of Palliative Medicine, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Death Stud 39:307-15. 2015
    ..The results of this study could help to develop concepts for better care and more empathy, which are needed to ensure a good death for all patients...
  32. doi request reprint Measuring individual quality of life in patients receiving radiation therapy: the SEIQoL-Questionnaire
    Gerhild Becker
    Palliative Care Research Group, Department of Palliative Medicine, University Medical Center Freiburg, Robert Koch Str 3, 79106, Freiburg, Germany
    Qual Life Res 23:2025-30. 2014
    ..The purpose of our study was to transform the SEIQoL into an economical instrument that can be used in clinical trials with large samples...
  33. doi request reprint Terminally ill patients as customers: the patient's perspective
    Katharina Seibel
    Department of Palliative Care, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    J Palliat Med 17:11-7. 2014
    ..Vulnerable contexts and the patient's perspective on being a customer remain relatively unexplored. The present study addresses this research gap by analyzing terminally ill patients' views on being customers...
  34. ncbi request reprint Acute effect of a soy protein-rich meal-replacement application on renal parameters in patients with the metabolic syndrome
    Peter Deibert
    University Hospital, Department of Rehabilitative and Preventive Sports Medicine, Freiburg, Germany
    Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 20:527-34. 2011
    ..This study evaluates glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and renal plasma flow (RPF) in patients with the metabolic syndrome and healthy controls after ingestion of different amounts of soy protein...
  35. ncbi request reprint Competency and educational needs in palliative care
    Gerhild Becker
    Palliative Care Research Group, University Hospital of Freiburg, Freiburg i Br, Germany
    Wien Klin Wochenschr 119:112-6. 2007
    ..To explore general practitioners' (GPs') and nurses' self assessment of professional education, competency and educational needs in palliative care...
  36. ncbi request reprint Malignant ascites: systematic review and guideline for treatment
    Gerhild Becker
    Department of Internal Medicine II, University Hospital of Freiburg, Hugstetter Str 55, D 79106 Freiburg, Germany
    Eur J Cancer 42:589-97. 2006
    ..The available data about diuretics in treatment of malignant ascites are controversial. The use of diuretics therefore should be considered in all patients, but has to be evaluated individually...
  37. ncbi request reprint Is older age associated with a worse prognosis due to different patterns of care? A long-term study of 1346 patients with glioblastomas or brain metastases
    Johannes Lutterbach
    Department of Radiotherapy, Cancer Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Cancer 103:1234-44. 2005
    ..The objective of this study was to find out whether the worse prognosis of older patients with primary or metastatic brain tumors can be explained by different patterns of care compared with younger patients...
  38. ncbi request reprint [Palliative care: the demand and the realization]
    G Becker
    Abteilung Innere Medizin II, Medizinische Universitatsklinik, Freiburg i Br
    Dtsch Med Wochenschr 128:2209-12. 2003
  39. ncbi request reprint [Palliative medicine content in German-language medical textbooks]
    G Becker
    Abteilung Innere Medizin II, Universitatsklinikum Freiburg, Germany
    Dtsch Med Wochenschr 132:256-60. 2007
    ..We analysed the quantity and quality of information on end-of-life care given in German textbooks on different medical disciplines...
  40. ncbi request reprint [Participation of radiotherapy in interdisciplinary palliative care units--challenge and chance]
    Felix Momm
    Abteilung für Strahlenheilkunde, Radiologische Universitatsklinik, Freiburg i Br
    Strahlenther Onkol 180:73-7. 2004
    ..In Germany, a sufficient system of palliative care does not exist. Possibilities for participation of radiooncologists in the further development of this promising part of medical action are reported...