Symptom concerns and resource utilization in patients with lung cancer

Yale D. Podnos, Tami R. Borneman, Marianna Koczywas, Gwen Uman, Betty Ferrell

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Objective: Lung cancer remains a major source of death in the United States. With the aging of the population, health policy makers are challenged to develop systems of care for the complex needs of these patients. This study sought to determine quality of life and symptom concerns in lung cancer patients. The study also sought to determine how supportive care resources were being used to address these concerns. Methods: One hundred consecutive patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer presenting over a 12-month period were selected from the tumor registry. Charts were reviewed for demographic data, treatment history, treatment received, number and type of practitioner encounters, readmissions, and complications for a 6-month period. Results: Of the 100 charts retrospectively reviewed, 4 patients had small cell and 96 patients had non-small cell lung cancer. The median age was 67 years. Fifty-three patients were men. The most common symptoms were pain, cough, dyspnea, and fatigue. A total of 114 referrals in 57 patients were made. Nutrition consultation was the most common. Conclusions: This study serves to guide the institution in the development of more effective support services for patients with lung cancer to address quality of life concerns through collaboration between clinicians and researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-903
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Lung Neoplasms
Referral and Consultation
Quality of Life
Public Policy
Health Policy
Administrative Personnel
Cough
Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Dyspnea
Fatigue
Registries
History
Research Personnel
Demography
Pain
Therapeutics
Neoplasms

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Podnos, Y. D., Borneman, T. R., Koczywas, M., Uman, G., & Ferrell, B. (2007). Symptom concerns and resource utilization in patients with lung cancer. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 10(4), 899-903. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2006.0232

Symptom concerns and resource utilization in patients with lung cancer. / Podnos, Yale D.; Borneman, Tami R.; Koczywas, Marianna; Uman, Gwen; Ferrell, Betty.

In: Journal of Palliative Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 4, 01.08.2007, p. 899-903.

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Podnos, YD, Borneman, TR, Koczywas, M, Uman, G & Ferrell, B 2007, 'Symptom concerns and resource utilization in patients with lung cancer', Journal of Palliative Medicine, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 899-903. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2006.0232
Podnos, Yale D. ; Borneman, Tami R. ; Koczywas, Marianna ; Uman, Gwen ; Ferrell, Betty. / Symptom concerns and resource utilization in patients with lung cancer. In: Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2007 ; Vol. 10, No. 4. pp. 899-903.
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