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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 Higginson1Email author,
  • 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
BMC Medicine201311:213

DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-213

Received: 3 August 2013

Accepted: 30 August 2013

Published: 1 October 2013

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Original Submission
3 Aug 2013 Submitted Original manuscript
Resubmission - Version 2
Submitted Manuscript version 2
23 Aug 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - graeme rocker
26 Aug 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Geoffrey Mitchell
Resubmission - Version 3
Submitted Manuscript version 3
30 Aug 2013 Editorially accepted
1 Oct 2013 Article published 10.1186/1741-7015-11-213

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, School of Medicine
Intensive Care Unit, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London