Journal article

Pre-emptive prescription of medications for the management of potential, catastrophic events in patients with a terminal illness: A survey of palliative medicine doctors

Naomi T Katz, Bronwyn H Sacks, Brian H Le, Jenny L Hynson

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background: Distressing and potentially life-threatening events, such as significant external bleeding, may occur in patients with a known terminal condition. These events are often referred to as catastrophic or crisis events. Pharmacological management varies and there is little evidence to guide practice. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore Australasian palliative medicine doctors’ approaches to pre-emptive prescription of medications to manage catastrophic events. Design: Anonymous survey data were collected electronically. Setting/Participants: Australian and New Zealand palliative medicine fellows and trainees were surveyed. Results: Surveys were completed by 121 doctors; 108 (89..

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