prognosis

Salpeter et. al. summarize prognostic factors in cancer and non-cancer diagnoses that are consistently associated with a survival of 6 months or less. “Despite different cancer characteristics, a fairly universal picture of terminal disease included decreasing performance status, advancing age, weight loss, metastatic disease, disease recurrence, and laboratory abnormalities indicating extensive disease. Most of the […]

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… factors that influence decision makers’ perceptions of prognosis … Boyd et al sought to determine what sources of knowledge family members/decision makers use when determining the prognosis of their loved ones. “Less than 2% (3 of 179) of surrogates reported that their beliefs about the patients’ prognoses hinged exclusively on prognostic information provided to […]

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… factors that influence family member’s perception of their loved ones prognosis … an experiential study in a recent Critical Care Medicine. Among major influences on family member’s understanding of prognosis … – patient’s intrinsic qualities and will to live – patient’s physical appearance or status – patient’s prior history of illness/survival – power of […]

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