Professor Joanne Reid predominantly works in the field of cachexia, a wasting syndrome present in many chronic illnesses such as cancer and renal disease.
Joanne’s initial research focused on cancer cachexia, a topic that she was passionate about through her clinical experience within the oncology / haematology directorate of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. As survival and quality of life of patients with chronic illness has improved, the management of nutrition has become critically important. Her work on cancer cachexia has informed evidence based guidelines, developed to translate current best evidence into recommendations for multi-disciplinary teams responsible: for identification and treatment of reversible elements of cachexia; and improvement in quality of life for both patients who have cachexia and their carers.
Designed for multi-disciplinary staff working in any healthcare setting or specialism. This was developed in response to the 2014 RCN End of Life care survey and informed by an independent review of evidence relating to nutrition and hydration at the end of life. The resource addresses aspects of poor care at the end of life, identified in the recent Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report, Dying without dignity (2015) and is also endorsed and included in the NICE Guideline (NG31) Care of dying adults in the last days of life.
These guidelines are reflective of the critical importance nutrition plays in the survival and quality of life of patients with cancer. The guidelines have also been officially endorsed by 3 world renowned organizations: European Society of Surgical Oncology; The European Association for Palliative care; and The Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology. These organisations are committed to facilitating the availability of quality guidelines and are dedicated to advancing science through multi-disciplinary collaboration and care so as to benefit patients and their carers.
These guidelines are developed by the British Columbia Centre for Palliative Care and are designed to be used when managing symptoms of anorexia / cachexia by inter-professional staff.
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