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54 reviews


Aktas A, Walsh D, Kirkova J. The psychometric properties of cancer multisymptom assessment instruments: a clinical review. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Jul;23(7):2189-202.Epub 2015 Apr 19.


Sakkas GK Giannaki CD, Karatzaferi C, Maridaki M, Koutedakis Y, Hadjigeorgiou GM, Stefanidis I. Current trends in the management of uremic restless legs syndrome: a systematic review on aspects related to quality of life, cardiovascular mortality and survival. Sleep Med Rev. 2015 Jun;21:39-49. Epub 2014 Aug 15.


Dong ST, Butow PN, Costa DS, Lovell MR, Aga M. Symptom Clusters in Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Moens K, Higginson IJ, Harding R; EURO IMPACT; EURO IMPACT. Are There Differences in the Prevalence of Palliative Care-Related Problems in People Living With Advanced Cancer and Eight Non-Cancer Conditions? A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Oct;48(4):660-677. Epub 2014 May 5.

Thavarajah N1, Chen E, Zeng L, Bedard G, Di Giovanni J, Lemke M, Lauzon N, Zhou M, Chu D, Chow E. Symptom clusters in patients with metastatic cancer: a literature review. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res. 2012 Oct;12(5):597-604.

Uceda Torres ME, Rodríguez Rodríguez JN, Sánchez Ramos JL, Alvarado Gómez F. Transfusion in palliative cancer patients: a review of the literature. J Palliat Med. 2014 Jan;17(1):88-104. Epub 2013 Dec 10.

Van Lancker A, Velghe A, Van Hecke A, Verbrugghe M, Van Den Noortgate N, Grypdonck M, Verhaeghe S, Bekkering G, Beeckman D. Prevalence of symptoms in older cancer patients receiving palliative care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Jan;47(1):90-104. Epub 2013 Jun 10.


Oldenmenger WH, de Raaf PJ, de Klerk C, van der Rijt CC. Cut points on 0-10 numeric rating scales for symptoms included in the edmonton symptom assessment scale in cancer patients: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Jun;45(6):1083-93.

Rosenberg JH, Albrecht JS, Fromme EK, Noble BN, McGregor JC, Comer AC, Furuno JP. Antimicrobial use for symptom management in patients receiving hospice and palliative care: a systematic review. J Palliat Med. 2013 Dec;16(12):1568-74.Epub 2013 Oct 23.


Amarasuriya UK, Myles PR, Sanders RD. Long-term benzodiazepine use and mortality: are we doing the right studies? Curr Drug Saf. 2012 Nov 1;7(5):367-71.

Gamper EM, Zabernigg A, Wintner LM, Giesinger JM, Oberguggenberger A, Kemmler G, Sperner-Unterweger B, Holzner B. Coming to your senses: detecting taste and smell alterations in chemotherapy patients. A systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Dec;44(6):880-95. Epub 2012 Aug 24.

Trajkovic-Vidakovic M, de Graeff A, Voest EE, Teunissen SC.Symptoms tell it all: a systematic review of the value of symptom assessment to predict survival in advanced cancer patients. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2012 Oct;84(1):130-48. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2012.02.011. Epub 2012 Mar 31.


Chew C, Craig L, Edwards R, Moss J, O'Dwyer PJ. Safety and efficacy of percutaneous vertebroplasty in malignancy: a systematic review. Clin Radiol. 2011 Jan;66(1):63-72. Epub 2010 Nov 16.

Gilbertson-White S, Aouizerat BE, Jahan T, Miaskowski C. A review of the literature on multiple symptoms, their predictors, and associated outcomes in patients with advanced cancer. Palliat Support Care. 2011 Mar;9(1):81-102.

Kaplan M, Mahon S, Cope D, Keating E, Hill S, Jacobson M.Putting evidence into practice: evidence-based interventions for hot flashes resulting from cancer therapies. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2011 Apr;15(2):149-57.

Kirkova J, Aktas A, Walsh D, Davis MP. Cancer symptom clusters: clinical and research methodology.J Palliat Med. 2011 Oct;14(10):1149-66. Epub 2011 Aug 23.

Miller JL, Hagemann TM. Use of pure opioid antagonists for management of opioid-induced pruritus. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2011 Aug 1;68(15):1419-25.

Redelmeier DA, Dickinson VM. Determining whether a patient is feeling better: pitfalls from the science of human perception. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Aug;26(8):900-6.Epub 2011 Feb 19.


Green AJ, De-Vries K. Cannabis use in palliative care--An examination of the evidence and the implications for nurses. J Clin Nurs. 2010;19(17-18):2454–62.

Parsons C, Hughes CM, Passmore AP, Lapane KL. Withholding, discontinuing and withdrawing medications in dementia patients at the end of life: a neglected problem in the disadvantaged dying? Drugs Aging. 2010 Jun 1;27(6):435-49.

Vigano A, Piccioni M, Trutschnigg B, Hornby L, Chaudhury P, Kilgour R. Male hypogonadism associated with advanced cancer: a systematic review. Lancet Oncol. 2010 Jul;11(7):679-84. Epub 2010 Jun 10.


Easton K, Morgan T, Williamson M. Medication safety in the community: a review of the literature. National Prescribing Service Limited (NPS), 2009 June 9:163pp. (1.02MB pdf)

Esther Kim JE, Dodd MJ, Aouizerat BE, Jahan T, Miaskowski C. A review of the prevalence and impact of multiple symptoms in oncology patients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 Apr;37(4):715-36. Epub 2008 Nov 20.

Helbostad JL, Hølen JC, Jordhøy MS, Ringdal GI, Oldervoll L, Kaasa S; European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Research Network. A first step in the development of an international self-report instrument for physical functioning in palliative cancer care: a systematic literature review and an expert opinion evaluation study. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 Feb;37(2):196-205. Epub 2008 Jul 10.

Imberti D, Di Nisio M, Donati MB, Falanga A, Ghirarduzzi A, Guarneri D, Piovella F, Santoro RC, Baldini E, Zampogna S; Italian Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Treatment of venous thromboembolism in patients with cancer: Guidelines of the Italian Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis (SISET). Thromb Res. 2009 Nov;124(5):e32-40. Epub 2009 Sep 9.

Murphy CR, Corbett CL, Setter SM, Dupler A. Exploring the concept of medication discrepancy within the context of patient safety to improve population health. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2009 Oct-Dec;32(4):338-50.

Sohl SJ, Schnur JB, Montgomery GH. A meta-analysis of the relationship between response expectancies and cancer treatment-related side effects. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 Nov;38(5):775-84. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

Spiess JL. Can I stop the warfarin? a review of the risks and benefits of discontinuing anticoagulation. J Palliat Med. 2009 Jan;12(1):83-7.


Cruciani RA. Methadone: to ECG or not to ECG...That is still the question. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2008 Nov;36(5):545-52. Epub 2008 Apr 28.

Janssen DJ, Spruit MA, Wouters EF, Schols JM. Daily symptom burden in end-stage chronic organ failure: a systematic review. Palliat Med. 2008 Dec;22(8):938-48. Epub 2008 Sep 18.

Nekolaichuk C, Watanabe S, Beaumont C. The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System: a 15-year retrospective review of validation studies (1991--2006). Palliat Med. 2008 Mar;22(2):111-22.

Phillips NM, Nay R. A systematic review of nursing administration of medication via enteral tubes in adults. J Clin Nurs. 2008 Sept;17(17):2257-65.

Pickard J, Mitchell K, Roberts D. Syringe driver site reactions: a review of the literature. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2008;15(3):125-30. No abstract available.

Wang T, Collet JP, Shapiro S, Ware MA. Adverse effects of medical cannabinoids: a systematic review. CMAJ. 2008 Jun 17;178(13):1669-78.

Weschules DJ, Bain KT. A systematic review of opioid conversion ratios used with methadone for the treatment of pain. Pain Med. 2008 Jul-Aug;9(5):595-612. Epub 2008 June 28.


Barsevick AM. The elusive concept of the symptom cluster. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2007 Sep;34(5):971-80.

Schneider N, Walter U. Where do prevention and palliative care meet? a systematic literature study on the interfaces of two different health care sectors. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2007 Apr-May;24(2):114-8.

Teunissen SC, Wesker W, Kruitwagen C, de Haes HC, Voest EE, de Graeff A. Symptom prevalence in patients with incurable cancer: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 Jul;34(1):94-104. Epub 2007 May 23.


Azevedo Sao Leao Ferreira K, Kimura M, Jacobsen Teixeira M. The WHO analgesic ladder for cancer pain control, twenty years of use. how much pain relief does one get from it? Support Care Cancer. 2006 Nov;14(11):1086-93. Epub 2006 June 8.

Gruenewald DA, White EJ. The illness experience of older adults near the end of life: a systematic review. Anesthesiol Clin. 2006 Mar;24(1):163-80.

Kain VJ, Yates PM, Barrett L, Bradley T, Circosta M, Hall A, Hardy J, Israel F, McLeod L, Vora R, Wheatley H. Developing guidelines for syringe driver management. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Feb;12(2):60-9.

Kain VJ, Yates P, Queensland Health, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. Guidelines for syringe driver management in palliative care. Queensland Health, Brisbane. 2006:57pp. (204kb pdf)

Kirkova J, Davis MP, Walsh D, Tiernan E, O'Leary N, LeGrand SB, Lagman RL, Russell KM. Cancer symptom assessment instruments: a systematic review. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Mar 20;24(9):1459-73.

McLeod F, Flowers C. A practical guide for nurses in diluent selection for subcutaneous infusion using a syringe driver. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Dec;12(12):558, 560-65.

Mercadante S, Bruera E. Opioid switching: a systematic and critical review. Cancer Treat Rev. 2006 Jun;32(4):304-15. Epub 2006 Apr 19.

Solano JP, Gomes B, Higginson IJ. A comparison of symptom prevalence in far advanced cancer, AIDS, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and renal disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2006 Jan;31(1):58-69.


Fonzo-Christe C, Vukasovic C, Wasilewski-Rasca AF, Bonnabry P. Subcutaneous administration of drugs in the elderly: survey of practice and systematic literature review. Palliat Med. 2005 Apr;19(3):208-19.

Goodell TT, Nail LM. Operationalizing symptom distress in adults with cancer: a literature synthesis. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2005 Mar 5;32(2):E42-7.


Anderson SL, Shreve ST. Continuous subcutaneous infusion of opiates at end-of-life. Ann Pharmacother. 2004 Jun;38(6):1015-23. Epub 2004 Apr 30.

Davis MP, Weissman DE, Arnold RM. Opioid dose titration for severe cancer pain: a systematic evidence-based review. J Palliat Med. 2004 Jun;7(3):462-8.


Pinderhughes ST, Morrison RS. Evidence-based approach to management of fever in patients with end-stage dementia. J Palliat Med. 2003 Jun;6(3):351-4.

Ross JR, Saunders Y, Edmonds PM, Patel S, Broadley KE, Johnston SR. Systematic review of role of bisphosphonates on skeletal morbidity in metastatic cancer. BMJ. 2003 Aug 30;327(7413):469.


Torre MC. Subcutaneous infusion: non-metal cannulae vs metal butterfly needles. Br J Community Nurs. 2002 Jul;7(7):365-9.


Pereira J, Lawlor P, Vigano A, Dorgan M, Bruera E. Equianalgesic dose ratios for opioids: a critical review and proposals for long-term dosing. J Pain Symptom Manage, 2001 Aug;22(2):672-87.

Last updated 14 July 2015