This Viewpoint discusses how surgeons can integrate principles of palliative care to support surgical care for patients with life-threatening illness, using malignant bowel obstruction as an example.
This systemic review assessed interventions to introduce or improve palliative care for surgical patients.
This medical record review suggests that a systematic frailty-screening program effectively identifies at-risk surgical patients and is associated with a significant reduction in mortality for patients undergoing palliative care consultation.
This study reports that the Veterans Health Administration of surgical patients are less likely to receive either hospice or palliative care in the year prior to death compared with medical patients, yet surgical patients have a longer length of time and increased relative use of these services.
Paul Olson et al perform a systematic review to characterize outcomes of palliative surgery for malignant bowel obstruction from peritoneal carcinomatosis to guide decision making about surgery and postoperative interventions for patients with terminal illness.