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Development and evaluation of the feasibility and effects on staff, patients, and families of a new tool, the Psychosocial Assessment and Communication Evaluation (PACE), to improve communication and palliative care in intensive care and during clinical uncertainty

Irene J Higginson1*, Jonathan Koffman1, Philip Hopkins2, Wendy Prentice1, Rachel Burman1, Sara Leonard2, Caroline Rumble1, Jo Noble2, Odette Dampier2, William Bernal2, Sue Hall1, Myfanwy Morgan3 and Cathy Shipman1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, School of Medicine, Bessemer Road, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9PJ, UK

2 Intensive Care Unit, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

3 Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London, London, UK

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BMC Medicine 2013, 11:213  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-11-213

Published: 1 October 2013

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PACE study procedures according to the MORECare Statement.

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Detailed description of phase I methods - Development and Modeling Leading to the Tool Development.

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PACE: Psychosocial Assessment and Communication Evaluation.

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Family survey responses: comparison of the patient and family characteristics where Psychosocial Assessment and Communication Evaluation (PACE) was and was not completed.

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