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Hudson KE, Wolf SP, Samsa GP
The surprise question and identification of palliative care needs among hospitalized patients with advanced hematologic or solid malignancies.
Little is known about quality of life (QOL), depression, and end-of-life (EOL) outcomes among hospitalized patients with advanced cancer. The objective of this study was to assess whether a surprise question identified inpatients with advanced cancer likely to have unmet palliative care needs. The investigators indicated that hospitalized patients with advanced cancer may benefit from palliative care interventions to improve mood, QOL, and EOL care, and the surprise question is a practical method to identify those with unmet needs.
Citation: Hudson KE, Wolf SP, Samsa GP . The surprise question and identification of palliative care needs among hospitalized patients with advanced hematologic or solid malignancies. J Palliat Med 2018 Jun;21(6):789-95. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0509..
Keywords: Palliative Care, Cancer, Inpatient Care, Quality of Life, Depression, Behavioral Health