Medication Use at End of Life

Project Lead: Judith Fisher (PubMed articles)

Trainee: Rodd Clark

Objectives: To investigate medication use.

• NELS News, Issue 4


Judith Fisher, 2011 - Highlighting NELS ICE Successes
Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program (NSPMP): Promoting Appropriate Use of Monitored Drugs [PDF]


Fisher, J., Urquhart, R., Johnston, G. (2013) Use of opioid analgesics among older persons with colorectal cancer in two health districts with palliative care programs. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 46(1): 20-9.    *Free PMC article

Clark, R., Fisher, J., Sketris, I.S., Johnston, G. (2012) Population prevalence of high dose paracetamol in dispensed paracetamol /opioid combinations: An observational study. BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, 12(1): 11.    *Free PMC article

Fisher, J., Zhang, Y., Sketris, I., Johnston, G., Burge, F. (2011) The effect of an educational intervention on meperidine use in Nova Scotia, Canada: A time-series analysis. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 21(2): 177-83.    *Free PMC article

Maddison, A., Fisher, J., & Johnston, G. (2011) Preventive medication use among persons with limited life expectancy. Progress in Palliative Care, 19(1): 15-21.
*Free PMC article

Goodridge, D., Lawson, J., Rocker, G., Marciniuk, D., & Rennie, D. (2010) Factors associated with opiod dispensation for patients with COPD and lung cancer in the last year of life: A retrospective analysis. International Journal of COPD, 5: 99-105.
*Free PMC article.

Rocker, G., Horton, R., Currow, D., Goodridge, D., Young, J., & Booth, S. (2009) Palliation of dyspnoea in advanced COPD: revisiting a role for Opiods. Thorax, 64: 635-40. doi:10.1136/thx.2009.116699