Education Rounds

The UBC Division of Palliative Medicine Education Round meets twice a month and the cycle runs from September to June of the following year. You can join either in person or by phone/skype. The education rounds are currently being organized by Dr. Mino Mitri.

For more information about presenters, remote site access, and meeting dates please click here.

Phone Number:

Local: (604) 899-2339

Long Distance: 1-877-385-4099

Participant Access Code #9501765

The UBC Division of Palliative Medicine Journal Club and Case Rounds is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

2018 Journal Articles

Downar, J., Goldman, R., Pinto, R., Englesakis, M., Adhikari, N. (2017). The “surprise question” for predicting death in seriously ill patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. CMAJ. April 3;189:E484-93. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.160775.  PDF

Kilvertus, F., Ajjawi, R., & Archibald,B. (2017). You’re Not Trying to Save Somebody From Death: Learning as Becoming in Palliative Care. Academic medicine, 1040-2446. PDF

Kowalewska, C., Noble, B., Fromme, E., McPherson, M., Grace, K., Furuno, J. (2017). Prevalence and Clinical Intentions of Antithrombotic Therapy on Discharge to Hospice Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine. Volume 20, Number 11. PDF

Mori, M., Yoshida, S., Shiozaki, M., Baba, M., Morita, T., Aoyama, M., Kizawa, Y., Tsuneto, S., Shima, Y., Miyashita, M. (2017). Talking About Death with Terminally Ill Cancer Patients: What Contributes to the Regret of Bereaved Family Members? Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Volume 54, Number 6. PDF

Thomas, T., Clarke, G., & Barclay, S. (2018). The difficulties of discharging hospice patients to care homes at the end of life: A focus group study. Palliative Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/0269216318772735. PDF

Wang, K., Ariello, K., Choi, M., Turner, A., Wan, BA, Yee, C., Rowbottom, L., Macdonald, R., Lam, H., Drost, L., Chow, E. (2017). Sexual healthcare for cancer patients receiving palliative care: a narrative review. Annals of Palliative Medicine. 2017 Nov 15. pii: apm.2017.10.05. PDF

2017 Journal Articles

de la Cruz, M., Yennu, S., Liu, D., Wu, J., Reddy, A., & Bruera, E. (2017). Increased Symptom Expression among Patients with Delirium Admitted to an Acute Palliative Care Unit. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 20(6), 638-41. PDF

Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J., Sinclair, S. & Horst, G. (2016). A knowledge synthesis of culturally- and spiritually-sensitive end-of-life care: findings from a scoping review. BMC Geriatrics, 16:107. PDF

Rogers, J. G., Patel, C. B., Mentz, R. J., Granger, B. B., Steinhauser, K. E., Fiuzat, M., . . . Tulsky, J.A. (2017). Palliative Care in Heart Failure: The PAL-HF Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 70(3), 331-41. PDF

Zimmermann, C., Swami, N., Krzyzanowska, M., Leighl, N., Rydall, A., Rodin, G., . . . Hannon, B. (2016). Perceptions of palliative care among patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers. CMAJ, 188(10), E217-27. PDF


2016 Journal Articles

Bandieri, E., Romero, M., Ripamonti, C. I., Artioli, F., Sichetti, D., Fanizza, C., . . .  Luppi, M. (2015). Randomized Trial of Low-Dose Morphine Versus Weak Opioids in Moderate Cancer Pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34(5), 436-42.

Fallon, M., Hoskin, P. J., Colvin, L. A., Fleetwood-Walker, S. M., Adamson, D., Byrne, A., . . . Laird, B. J. A. (2015). Randomized Double-Blind Trial of Pregabalin Versus Placebo in Conjunction With Palliative Radiotherapy for Cancer-Induced Bone Pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 34(6), 550-6.

Kim, S. Y. H., De Vries, R. G., & Peteet, J.R. (2016). Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide of Patients With Psychiatric Disorders in the Netherlands 2011 to 2014. JAMA Psychiatry, 73(4), 362–8.

Prigerson, H. G., Bao, Y., Shah, M. A., Paulk, M. E., LeBlanc, T. W., Schneider, B. J., . . . Maciejewski, P. K. (2015). Chemotherapy Use, Performance Status, and Quality of Life at the End of Life. JAMA Oncology, 1(6), 778–84.

Silva, M. D., Genoff, M., Zaballa, A., Jewell, S., Stabler, S., Gany, F. M., & Diamond, L. C. (2016). Interpreting at the End of Life: A Systematic Review of the Impact of Interpreters on the Delivery of Palliative Care Services to Cancer Patients With Limited English Proficiency. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(3), 569-80.


2015 Journal Articles

Ali, S., Chambers, A., Johnson, D., Newton, A., Vandermeer, B., Williamson, J., & Curtis, S. (2014). Reported practice variation in pediatric pain management: A survey of Canadian pediatric emergency physicians. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 16(5), 352-360.

Bakitas, M. A., Tosteson, T.D., Li, Z., Lyons, K. D., Hull, J. G., Li, Z., . . . Tim A. Ahles, T. A., (2015). Early Versus Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Oncology Care: Patient Outcomes in the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33(13), 1438-45.

Barrocas, A., Geppert, C., Durfee, S. M., O’Sullivan Maillet, J., Monturo, C., Mueller, C., . . . A.S.P.E.N. Board of Directors. (2010). A.S.P.E.N. Ethics Position Paper. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 25(6), 672-9.

Clay, A. S., & Abernethy, A. P. (2008). Total parenteral nutrition for patients with advanced life-limiting cancer: decision-making in the face of conflicting evidence. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 11(8), 1169-70.

Dionne-Odom, J. N., Azuero, A., Lyons, K. D., Hull, J. G., Tosteson, T. D., Li, Z., . . . Bakitas, M. A. (2015). Benefits of Early Versus Delayed Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer: Outcomes From the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33(13), 1446-52.

Epstein, R. M., & Krasner, M. S. (2013). Physician Resilience: What It Means, Why It Matters, and How to Promote It. Academic Medicine, 88(3), 301–3.

Gilewski, T. (2015). The Complexities of Compassion in Patient Care. JAMA Oncology, 1(2), 183-4.

Gomes, B. (2015). Palliative Care: If It Makes a Difference, Why Wait?. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 33(13), 1420-1.

Kearney, M. K., Weininger, R. B., Vachon, M. L. S., Harrison, R. L., & Mount, B. M. (2009). Self-care of Physicians Caring for Patients at the End of Life. JAMA, 301(11), 1155-64.

Makowski, S. K. E., & Epstein, R. M. (2011). Turning Toward Dissonance: Lessons From Art, Music, and Literature. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 43(2), 293-8.

Tanco, K., Rhondali,W., Perez-Cruz, P., Tanzi, S., Chisholm, G. B., Baile, W., . . . Bruera, E. (2014). Patient Perception of Physician Compassion After a More Optimistic vs a Less Optimistic Message. JAMA Oncology, 1(2), 176-83.

Zwack, J., & Schweitze, J. (2013). If Every Fifth Physician Is Affected by Burnout, What About the Other Four? Resilience Strategies of Experienced Physicians. Academic Medicine, 88(3), 382-9.


2014 Journal Articles

Cook, K., Siden, H., Jack, S., Thabane, L., & Browne, G. (2013). Up against the System: A Case Study of Young Adult Perspectives Transitioning from Pediatric Palliative Care. Nursing Research and Practice, 2013.

Lowe, S. S., Danielson, B., & Beaumont, C., Watanabe, S. M., Baracos, V. E., & Courneya, K.S. (2013). Associations Between Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Cancer Patients With Brain Metastases. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 48(3), 322-32.

Fainsinger, R. L. (2014). Palliative sedation—still a complex clinical issue! Current Oncology21(2), 62–63.

Hoe, J., Hancock, G., Livingston, G., Woods, B., Challis, D., & Orrell, M. (2009). Changes in the Quality of Life of People with Dementia Living in Care Homes. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders23(3), 285–290.

Hui, D., Kim, S., Roquemore, J., Dev, R., Chisholm, G., & Bruera, E. (2014). Impact of timing and setting of palliative care referral on quality of end-of-life care in cancer patients. TOC, 120(11), 1743–9. 10.1002/cncr.28628

Hwang, D., Teno, J. M., Gozalo, P., & Mitchell, S. (2014). Feeding Tubes and Health Costs Postinsertion in Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47(6), 1116-20.

Gallagher, R., & Krawczyk, M. (2013). Family members’ perceptions of end-of-life care across diverse locations of care. BMC Palliative Care, 12(1).

McKinnon, M., Azevedo, C., Bush, S. H., Lawlor, P., & Pereira, J. (2014). Practice and documentation of palliative sedation: a quality improvement initiative. Current Oncology, 21(2), 100–103.

Thomas, H., Randolph, M., & Pruemer, J. (2014). The effects of a palliative care program on antidepressant use and continuing maintenance medications in near end-of-life oncology patients (the HEALED study). Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, 21(5), 331–8.

Zirker, W., Dorokhine, I., Knapp, C. M., Patel, N., & Musuku, M. (2013). Drugs Aging, 30(8), 639–44.


2013 Journal Articles

Claessens, P., Menten, J., Schotsmans, P., & Broeckaert, B. (2011). Level of Consciousness in Dying Patients. The Role of Palliative Sedation: A Longitudinal Prospective Study. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 29(3), 195-200.

Hardy, J., Quinn, S., Fazekas, B., Plummer, J., Eckermann, S., Agar, M., . . . Currow, D. C. (2012). Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy and Toxicity of Subcutaneous Ketamine in the Management of Cancer Pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30(29), 3611-17.

Hui, D., Xu, A., Frisbee-Hume, S., Chisholm, G., Morgado, M., Reddy, S., & Bruera, E. (2014). Effects of Prophylactic Subcutaneous Fentanyl on Exercise-Induced Breakthrough Dyspnea in Cancer Patients: A Preliminary Double-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47(2), 209-17.

Kripp, M., Willer, A., Schmidt, C., Pilz, L. R., Gencer, D. Buchheidt, D., . . . Hofheinz, R.-D. (2013). Patients with malignant hematological disorders treated on a palliative care unit: prognostic impact of clinical factors. Annals of Hematology, 93(2), 317-25.

Pontin, D., & Jordan, N. (2011). Issues in prognostication for hospital specialist palliative care doctors and nurses: A qualitative inquiry. Palliative Medicine, 27(2), 165-71.

Rady, M. Y., & Verheijde, J. L. (2012). Deep Sedation at the End of Life: Life-Shortening Effect and Palliative Efficacy. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 30(1), 100-1.

Scarpia, E., Maltonib, M., Micelic, R., Marianic, L., Caracenid, A., Amadorie, D., & Nannia, O. (2011). Survival Prediction for Terminally Ill Cancer Patients: Revision of the Palliative Prognostic Score with Incorporation of Delirium. The Oncologist, 16, 1793–9.

Smith, E. M. L., Pang, H., Cirrincione, C., Fleishman, S., Paskett, E. D., Ahles, T., . . . Shapiro, C. L. (2013). Effect of Duloxetine on Pain, Function, and Quality of Life Among Patients With Chemotherapy-Induced Painful Peripheral Neuropathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA, 309(13), 1359–1367.

Stark, D., Nankivell, M., Pujade-Lauraine, E., Kristensen, G., Elit, L., Stockler, M., . . . Perren, T. The Lancet Oncology, 14(3), 236-43.

Tarumi, Y., Wilson, M. P., Szafran, O., & Spooner, G. R. (2012). Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Docusate in the Management of Constipation in Hospice Patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 45(1), 2-13.

Yoong J, Park ER, Greer JA, Jackson VA, Gallagher ER, Pirl WF, Back AL, Temel JS. Early Palliative Care in Advanced Lung CancerA Qualitative Study. JAMA Internal Medicine, 173(4), 283-90.


2012 Journal Articles

Davies, H. E., Mishra, E. K., Kahan, B. C., Wrightson, J. M., Stanton, A.E., Guhan, A., . . . Rahman, N. M. (2012). Effect of an Indwelling Pleural Catheter vs Chest Tube and Talc Pleurodesis for Relieving Dyspnea in Patients With Malignant Pleural Effusion: The TIME2 Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA, 307(22), 2383–9.

Kaneishi, K., Kawabata, M., & Tatsuya Morita, T. (2012). Olanzapine for the Relief of Nausea in Patients With Advanced Cancer and Incomplete Bowel Obstruction. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44(4), 604-7.

Simon, S. T., Higginson, I. J., Booth, S., Harding, R., Weingärtner, V., & Bausewein, C. (2016). Benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 10.