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2023 Jan 31

J Pain Symptom Manage

Validation of the Surprise Question and the Development of a Multivariable Model.


Davis M, Vanenkevort E, Young A, Wojtowicz M, Lagerman B, Gupta M, Adonizio C, Panikkar R
J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Jan 31.
PMID: 36736500.


The Surprise Question (SQ) (would you be surprised if this patient died within a year?) is a prognostic variable explored in chronic illnesses. Validation is limited to sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values. Our objective is to validate the SQ in cancer patients and develop a predictive model with additional variables.