A multicentre non-blinded randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of regular early specialist palliative care treatment on quality of life in malignant mesothelioma – ‘RESPECT-MESO’

  • Fogg, Carole (CoI)
  • Chauhan, Anoop (CoI)
  • Gunatilake, Samal (PI)
  • Brims, Fraser J. H. (CoI)

Project Details

Layperson's description

This study looked at ways to improve the quality of life of people with mesothelioma of the chest (pleural mesothelioma).

Key findings

The study team concluded that these results didn’t support routine early referral to a specialist palliative care team for people:

who were newly diagnosed and
whose performance status (general health) is good
This was if they are followed up by a specialist team and can get access to a specialist palliative care team if they need to.

They say that the current practice of referring to a specialist palliative care team based on the person’s symptoms and their doctor’s judgement should continue.

The increase of satisfaction of carers who saw a specialist palliative care team is interesting. But the team thought this finding alone wasn’t enough to change practice.
Effective start/end date1/08/1310/04/17

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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