A longitudinal study of the role of patient-reported outcomes on survival prediction of palliative cancer inpatients in Taiwan

Jing A. Chang, Chia-Chin Lin

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Abstract

This study explores the significance of patient-reported outcomes for predicting length of survival of palliative cancer patients. Patients were recruited upon admission to the inpatient palliative care unit. Weekly assessment of 180 terminal cancer patients was carried out throughout their survival time using the Medical Outcome Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey, the Taiwanese version of the M.D. Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI-T), the Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS), the Brief Pain Inventory, and the Brief Fatigue Inventory. Generalized estimating equations (GEE) were utilized to analyze whether the patient-reported outcomes predicted survival time. Of all patients, 64 had one assessment, 51 had two, 25 had three, and 40 had four or more assessments, up to a maximum of eight. The univariate analysis showed that gender (P∈

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1285-1294
Number of pages10
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

Keywords

  • Palliative patients
  • Prognostic factor
  • Quality of life
  • Survival
  • Symptom severity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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