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More than 50% of all hospitalized patients experience pain in the last days of their lives and despite proven therapies for pain relief, family members report that the patient experienced moderate to severe pain at least half of the time.

Connors, Alfred F., Neal V Dawson, Norman A Desbiens, William J Fulkerson, Lee Goldman, Frank E Harrell, William A Knaus, Joanne Lynn, Robert K Oye, and Russel S Phillips; the Writing Group for the SUPPORT Investigators. A Controlled Trial to Improve Care for Seriously Ill Hospitalized Patients: The study to understand prognoses and preferences for outcomes and risks of treatments (SUPPORT). JAMA. 1995; 274(20): 1591-8. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/391724

Reference

Title
A Controlled Trial to Improve Care for Seriously Ill Hospitalized Patients: The study to understand prognoses and preferences for outcomes and risks of treatments (SUPPORT)
Publication
JAMA
Publication Date
1995
Authors
Connors, Alfred F., Neal V Dawson, Norman A Desbiens, William J Fulkerson, Lee Goldman, Frank E Harrell, William A Knaus, Joanne Lynn, Robert K Oye, and Russel S Phillips; the Writing Group for the SUPPORT Investigators
Volume & Issue
Volume 274, Issue 20
Pages
1591-8
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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