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Houska A, Loučka M. Patients' Autonomy at the End of Life: A Critical Review. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2019 Jan 3. pii: S0885-3924(18)31487-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.12.339. [Epub ahead of print]

This systematic review of 27 studies examined autonomy at the end of life based on patients’ preferences. The aim was to develop an evidence-based model of autonomy in this context. Studies providing data gained from family members were excluded because the aim was to capture definitions of autonomy from the patients’ perspective. Analysis of the qualitative and quantitative studies defined two core structural domains of autonomy from the patient perspective at the end of life: ‘being normal’ and ‘taking charge’. The authors discuss elements within these domains that provide important insights. In terms of ‘being normal’ good management of current and future symptoms and of dying itself were strongly supported as important, and for many human touch and the ability to continue in normal daily activities also rated highly. ‘Taking charge’ centred on the need for active control over one’s own life and included maintaining respect and dignity, as well as control over preparation for death and the dying process. The authors conclude that autonomy should not be reduced to decision-making alone and provide insights on how autonomy might be better supported. 

Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ, 2004, Massage Therapy for Symptom Control: Outcome Study at a Major Cancer Centre, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 28:3:244-250

For symptom management, research has shown Oncology Massage improves the quality of life for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer.  It reduces the side effects experienced from conventional treatment of cancer and the symptoms of the disease process itself:

  • Pain Improved 47%

  • Fatigue Improved 42%

  • Anxiety Improved 59%

  • Nausea Improved 51%

  • Depression Improved 48%

  • Other (including shortness of breath, memory problems, dry mouth or disturbed sleep) improved 48%

Light touch massage, as taught by Oncology Massage Limited (OML) was the most effective form of massage therapy offered in this study.

Last Updated: 19/Mar/2019

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