What are the current challenges of managing cancer pain and could digital technologies help?

June 22, 2017

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017 May 29. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article explores current cancer pain management strategies used by patients, caregivers and professionals and investigates if digital technologies can enhance cancer pain management.

Length of publication: 10 pages

Is dying in hospital better than home in incurable cancer and what factors influence this? A population-based study

October 9, 2015

Source: BMC Medicine 2015, 13:235

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This study aims to determine the association between place of death, health services used, and pain, feeling at peace, and grief intensity.  The authors determined factors influencing death at home, and associations between place of death and pain, peace, and grief. Findings suggest that dying at home is better than hospital for peace and grief, but requires a discussion of preferences, GP home visits, and relatives to be given time off work.

Length of publication: 14 pages


End of life care improving according to report

July 10, 2015

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: June 26th

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The ‘What We Know Now 2014’ report suggests a growing understanding within the health sector of what is important to people at the end of life. The report finds that home continues to be the preferred place of death for people in England, followed by hospices and care homes. The proportion of people dying at home or in care homes has increased from 35% (166,749) in 2004 to 44% (207,764) in 2013. The number of people dying in hospitals has dropped by 50,000 since 2004. In 2013, this was less than half of all deaths (227,748).

The factors most important to people at the end of their life are having pain and other symptoms managed effectively, being surrounded by loved ones and being treated with dignity.


Living and dying with dementia in England: Barriers to care

December 11, 2014

Source: Marie Curie Cancer Care and Alzheimer’s Society

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: A new report from Marie Curie and Alzheimer’s Society today reveals the barriers that prevent people with dementia from accessing high-quality care at the end of life in England

Living and Dying with Dementia – Barriers to Care addresses the often overlooked final stage of dementia – a progressive, terminal illness. It highlights that dementia is often not recognised as a terminal diagnosis, which can lead to poor access to care, inconsistent quality of care and inadequate pain management.

Length of publication: 24p.


Characteristics of a palliative care consultation service with a focus on pain in a German university hospital

October 2, 2014

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2014,13:45

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The aim of the study is to investigate the profile and spectrum of a palliative care consultation service (PCCS) at a German university hospital with special reference to pain therapy.  The article concludes that for a consultation service to support patients with incurable or advanced disease, a multi-disciplinary approach is necessary to meet the complex requirements of a needs-adapted palliative care in inpatient or outpatient settings. Timely integration of palliative expertise may support symptom control and may give the required advice to patients, their carers, and their families.

Length of publication: 7 pages


Help the Aged report: Pain in older people – reflections and experiences from an older person’s perspective

April 25, 2009

Title:  Pain in older people – reflections and experiences from an older person’s perspective


Source: Help the Aged http://policy.helptheaged.org.uk


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Year of publication: 2009


Publication type: Report


In a nutshell: This publication aims to highlight the issue of pain in older people by exploring their experiences of living and coping with persistent pain. Following on from two ‘listening events,’ conducted between August 2007 and April 2008 with 21 participants, several older people were invited to share their experiences and thoughts about pain in older age (part 1 of report). The second part of this report is a summary of key literature and policy, highlighting the fundamental issues relating to pain in older people and discussing the implications of the evidence. 


Length of publication: 43 page report


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Acknowledgement: This item was sourced from Palliative Care Matters