Patient Characteristics Associated With Prognostic Awareness: A Study of a Canadian Palliative Care Population Using the InterRAI Palliative Care Instrument
Fisher, Kathryn × Seow, Hsien Cohen, Joachim Declercq, Anja Freeman, Shannon Guthrie, Dawn M #
Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin--Madison
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management vol:49 issue:4 pages:716-725
Awareness of their medical prognosis enables terminally ill patients to make decisions on treatments and end-of-life care/planning, and to reach acceptance. Yet many patients receiving palliative care are unaware of their prognosis, even when death is imminent and has been discussed with health care providers. A better understanding of patient characteristics associated with prognostic awareness is needed in order to develop interventions aimed at improving it.