Palliative care needs-assessment and measurement tools used in patients with heart failure:a systematic mixed-studies review with narrative synthesis

Remawi, Bader and Gadoud, Amy and Murphy, Ian M. J. and Preston, Nancy (2020) Palliative care needs-assessment and measurement tools used in patients with heart failure:a systematic mixed-studies review with narrative synthesis. Heart Failure Reviews.

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Abstract

Patients with heart failure have comparable illness burden and palliative care needs to those with cancer. However, few of them are offered timely palliative care. One main barrier is the difficulty in identifying those who require palliative care. Several palliative care needs-assessment/measurement tools were used to help identify these patients and assess/measure their needs, but it is not known which one is the most appropriate for this population. This review aimed to identify the most appropriate palliative care needs-assessment/measurement tools for patients with heart failure. Cochrane Library, MEDLINE Complete, AMED, PsycINFO, CINAHL Complete, EMBASE, EThOS, websites of the identified tools, and references and citations of the included studies were searched from inception to 25 June 2020. Studies were included if they evaluated palliative care needs-assessment/measurement tools for heart failure populations in terms of development, psychometrics, or palliative care patient/needs identification. Twenty-seven papers were included regarding nineteen studies, most of which were quantitative and observational. Six tools were identified and compared according to their content and context of use, development, psychometrics, and clinical applications in identifying patients with palliative care needs. Despite limited evidence, the Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease – Heart Failure (NAT:PD-HF) is the most appropriate palliative care needs-assessment tool for use in heart failure populations. It covers most of the patient needs and has the best psychometric properties and evidence of identification ability and appropriateness. Psychometric testing of the tools in patients with heart failure and evaluating the tools to identify those with palliative care needs require more investigation.44

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Heart Failure Reviews
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146795
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Deposited On:
25 Aug 2020 12:35
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Yes
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Published
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05 Dec 2020 06:28