Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 582–587

Update in Palliative Care - 2011

  • Patricia F. Harris
  • Robert M. Arnold
  • Ursula K. Braun
  • Erik Fromme
  • Rahwa Ghermay
  • Stephanie Harman
  • Robert L. Jayes
  • Anne M. Walling
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DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1929-9

Cite this article as:
Harris, P.F., Arnold, R.M., Braun, U.K. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2012) 27: 582. doi:10.1007/s11606-011-1929-9

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this update is to summarize scientifically rigorous articles published in 2010 that serve to advance the field of palliative medicine and have an impact on clinical practice.

METHOD

We conducted two separate literature searches for articles published between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010. We reviewed title pages from the Annals of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, JGIM, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, PC-FACS (Fast Article Critical Summaries for Clinicians in Palliative Care). We also conducted a Medline search with the key words "palliative," "hospice," and "terminal" care. Each author presented approximately 20 abstracts to the group. All authors reviewed these abstracts, and when needed, full text publications. We focused on articles relevant to general internists. We rated the articles individually, eliminating by consensus those that were not deemed of highest priority, and discussed the final choices as a group.

RESULTS

We first identified 126 articles with potential relevance. We presented 20 at the annual SGIM update session, and discuss 11 in this paper.

KEY WORDS

palliative end-of-life communication pain 

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia F. Harris
    • 1
  • Robert M. Arnold
    • 2
  • Ursula K. Braun
    • 3
    • 4
  • Erik Fromme
    • 5
  • Rahwa Ghermay
    • 6
  • Stephanie Harman
    • 7
  • Robert L. Jayes
    • 8
  • Anne M. Walling
    • 9
  1. 1.Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication Section of Palliative Care and Medical EthicsUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical CenterHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Section of GeriatricsHoustonUSA
  5. 5.Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Knight Cancer InstituteOregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  6. 6.Emory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  7. 7.Department of MedicineStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  8. 8.Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Department of MedicineThe George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  9. 9.University of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA