A way to screen for suffering in palliative care

Ramon Bayés, J. T. Limonero, P. Barreto, M. D. Comas

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    We report a new tool for screening the suffering of terminally ill patients in a palliative care service. We systematically asked 371 terminal oncological and AIDS patients on 665 different occasions, "How long did yesterday seem to you?"; we then asked them to assess their current condition. The simple answer about subjective length of time correlated well with subjective suffering in approximately half the patients. Thus it may be a good starting point for future assessment and more extensive explorations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-26
    JournalJournal of Palliative Care
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1997


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