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  1. Dr Elaine Boland
  1. Consultant & Honorary senior lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Queen's Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elaine Boland; Elaine.Boland{at}

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A systematic review of prognostic factors at the end of life for people with a haematological malignancy

▸ Button E, Chan RJ, Chambers S, et al. BMC Cancer 2017;17:213.

This systematic review looked at identifying prognostic factors in the last 3 months of life that are associated with increased risk of mortality for haematological malignancy; most patients were predominantly treated with aggressive curative or life-prolonging intent. This included 28 studies; mostly were in the intensive care unit settings and retrospective. The prognostic factors were categorised into five groups, mainly: demographics; interventions (eg, vasopressor support or mechanical ventilation), physiological complications (eg, bone marrow or multiorgan failure); disease characteristics and laboratory blood values. Using the QUIPS tool, most …

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