Development of a Patient Reported Outcome Instrument to Facilitate Timing of End-of-Life Discussions in Patients with Advanced Cancers

Poster Presentation at 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

Honoring the wishes of terminally ill cancer patients is a prime responsibility of oncologists, however end of life (EOL) discussions are frequently either never performed or delayed past the point of usefulness. Patients who discuss EOL issues with their medical team are more likely to avoid terminal hospitalizations, have improved emotional wellbeing and experience lower health care costs. Facilitators of timely EOL discussions including palliative care consultations would be beneficial.

Authors: Contreras J, Pecora AL, Schultz E, Choi K, Paramanathan D, DeMarco K, Goldberg S

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