In this trial of patients with advanced cancer, they were randomized to usual care, or a nurse-led multi-component palliative care intervention (weekly for 4 weeks, then monthly). Those in the intervention group had higher quality of life and mood scores, but there was no difference in symptom intensity or intensity of treatment. A nurse-led palliative care program may improve quality of life and mood, but it’s effect on symptoms or treatment intensity is less clear (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.