May 21, 2012

Palliative Care Intervention by Nurse Practitioner Improves Life for Cancer Patients


Most cancer patients also do not have advance directives addressed and are not aware of the benefits of hospice services. In order to address this issue, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida decided to test whether a nurse practitioner-driven consultation that used quality-of-life assessment tools and advance directives tools resulted in improvement in the cancer patients' quality of lifeā€¦ "The findings should be extremely helpful to oncologists in both community and academic medical practices concerned about how to incorporate palliative care, including discussions about advance directives in the outpatient management of their cancer patients," says the study's senior investigator, Gerardo Colon-Otero, M.D., an oncologist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Additional coverage: Medical Xpress


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Tags: Cancer, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Patient Care, quality of life, Research, Senior Journal

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