Most recent publications by local authors

Congralutions to Christie Bell and Daniel Fischberg for 2 articles that appeared on ethnic differences in pain and palliative care services.  These studies show that pain and palliative care is utilized by all ethnic groups here in Hawaii.

Christina L. Bell, MD, MSc, Meiko Kuriya, MD, Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD. Hospice Referrals and Code Status: Outcomes of Inpatient Palliative Care Consultations Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders With Cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Volume 42, Issue 4 , Pages 557-564, October 2011. Link to the abstract

Christina L. Bell, Meiko Kuriya, and Daniel Fischberg. Pain Outcomes of Inpatient Pain and Palliative Care Consultations: Differences by Race and Diagnosis. Journal of Palliative Medicine. October 2011, 14(10): 1142-1148. doi:10.1089/jpm.2011.0176.   Link to the abstract

Articles on advance care planning, hospice and palliative care

Background materials of interest (from websites that have funding to provide up-to-date information):  For a number of important articles please check Pivotal Palliative Care Articles from The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).

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Ciemins, E. (2007) The economic and clinical impact of an inpatient palliative care consultation service:  a multifaceted approach J Palliat Med.2007 Dec;10(6):1347-55.

Connor S.R., Pyenson, B., et al. (2007).  Comparing hospice and nonhospice patient survival among patients who die within three-year window. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 33(3), 238-236.

Morrison, R.S., Penrod, J.D., et al. (2008). Cost savings associatied with US hospital palliative care consultation programs. Archives of Internal Medicine 168(16), 1783-1790.

Norton SA. (2007) Proactive palliative care in the medical intensive care unit: effects on length of stay for selected high-risk patients. Crit Care Med. 2007 Jun;35(6):1530-5.

Penrod JD (2010) Hospital-Based Palliative Care Consultation:  Effects on Hospital Cost, J Palliat Med. 2010 Jul 19.

Rao, J,K., Anderson, L.A., & Smith, S.M. (2002). End of life is a public health issue. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 23(3), 215-220.

Taylor, D.H., Ostermann, J., et al. (2007). What length of hospice use maximizes reduction in medical expenditures near death in the US Medicare program? Social Science & Medicine 65, 1466-1478.

Teno, J.M, Gruneir, A., et al. (2007). Association between advance directives and quality end-of-life care: a national study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55, 189-194.

Weissman, D. M.D. and D. E. Meier, M.D., (2011) Identifying Patients in Need of a Palliative Care Assessment in the Hospital Setting: A Consensus Report from the Center to Advance Palliative Care, J Palliat Med, 2011, Volume 14, Number 1

Articles by local authors

Braun, K.L, Karel, H., and Zir, A. (2006). Family response to end-of-life education: differences by ethnicity and stage of caregiving. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 23(4), 269-276.

Braun, K.L., Onaka, A.T., & Horiuchi, B.Y. (2001). Advance directive completion rates and end-of-life preferences in Hawaii. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 49, 1708-1713.

Braun, K.L. & Zir, A. (2005). Using an interactive approach to teach nursing home workers about end-of-life care. Assessment of Depression, 7(5), 280-288.

Braun, K.L., Zir, A., et al. (2005). Kokua Mau: a statewide effort to improve end-of-life care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 8(2), 313-323

Brumley, R., Enguidanos, S., Jamison, Seitz, R., Mrogenstern, N., Saito, S., et al. (2007). Increased satisfaction with care and lower costs: results of a randomized trial of in-home palliative care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55, 993-1000.

Fernandes, R., Hashimoto, S. & Masaki, K. (2008) Enhancing residentsʻ training in medical ethics: an exploratory study assessing attitudes of internal medicine residents. Hawai`i Medical Journal, 67i(12), 317-321.

Fischberg D. & Meier, D.E. (2004). Palliative care in hospitals. Clinical Geriatric Medicine, 20(4), 735-751.

Goldstein N.E. & Fischberg, D. (2008). Update in palliative medicine. Annals of Internal Medicine, 148(2), 135-140.

Morrison, R.S., Flanagan, S., Fischberg, D., et al. (2009). A novel interdisciplinary analgesic program reduces pain and improves function in older adults after orthopedic surgery. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 57(1), 1-10.

Morrison, R.S., Meier, D.E., Fischberg, D., et al. (2006). Improving the management of pain in hospitalized adults. Archives of Internal Medicine, 166(9), 1033-1039.