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Palliative care

Upfront - End-of-life care for patients with chronic disease: have we made a difference?

In late 2011 we published an article on end-of-life care for patients with respiratory failure, contributed by Professor D. Robin... View Article

March 2015

The optimal management of patients with COPD - Part 2: Stepwise escalation of treatment

The progression of COPD can be slowed by providing support for patients to stop smoking, and encouraging regular exercise and... View Article

February 2015

Strong opioids for pain management in adults in palliative care

Pain is estimated to be the most prevalent symptom preceding all deaths occurring in a palliative care setting. Strong opioids... View Article

December 2012

When and how to use a syringe driver in palliative care

Syringe drivers are often required to provide medicines for symptom management in patients who are terminally ill. They provide... View Article

November 2012

A new model for cancer care in New Zealand

An ageing population, earlier diagnosis and advances in oncology treatment are contributing to a rising number of cancer survivors... View Article

October 2012

Managing breathlessness in palliative care

Breathlessness is a complex and subjective symptom that is commonly experienced by people who are nearing the end of life. Once... View Article

October 2012

End-of-life care for patients with chronic disease: the need for a paradigm shift

It is increasingly apparent that our current model of care does not provide what is best for patients at end-of-life. No one clinical... View Article

November 2011

Treatment for the dying patient: The Liverpool Care pathway

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is used to manage care in the last days and hours of a person’s life. This model is being increasingly... View Article

June 2011

Strategies to improve nutrition in elderly people

Many older people suffer from the “anorexia of ageing”. The best option for treating malnutrition is to enhance normal... View Article

August 2008

Dilemmas: Alternative remedies and lifestyle measures for longevity

The development and marketing of anti-ageing products is a multi-million dollar industry. There is no shortage of remedies and... View Article

February 2008

Providing Palliative care to Māori

This guide examines Māori perspectives on death and dying and outlines a suggested approach for cross-cultural consultations. View Article

January 2006

Palliative Care

The focus of this resource is on pain assessment and strategies for total pain management in Palliative care. Information is also... View Article

October 2005