Dr Meera Agar

Honorary Associate
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Sydney Medical School

Telephone +61 2 9616 8649
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Research interests

Delirium in palliative care

Palliative care health services research Palliative care in primary brain tumours Clinical trials in Palliative care

Teaching and supervision

Palliative Care

Selected grants

2016

  • The PEARL trial: Palliative care Early in Advanced Lung cancers; Mileshkin L, Yoong J, Nowak A, Stockler M, Philip J, Le B, Agar M, Phillips J, Goodall S, Schofield P; Cancer Australia/Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme.
  • Phase II randomised placebo-controlled, double blind, multisite study of acetazolamide versus placebo for management of cerebral oedema in recurrent and/or progressive HGG requiring treatment with dexamethasone – The ACED trial; Agar M, Vardy J, Koh E, Simes R, Nowak A, Wheeler H, Barnes E, Hovey E; Cancer Australia/Priority Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme.

2013

  • COGNO infrastructure funding for support, development and conduct of clinical trials and translational research; Hovey E, Simes R, Koh E, Agar M, McDonald K, Wheeler H; Cancer Institute New South Wales/Cooperative Clinical Trial (CCT) Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Laver, K., Cumming, R., Dyer, S., Agar, M., Anstey, K., Beattie, E., Brodaty, H., Broe, T., Clemson, L., Crotty, M., Kurrle, S., et al (2016). Clinical practice guidelines for dementia in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 204(5), 1-3.e2. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Butow, P., Agar, M., Lovell, M., Boyle, F., Stockler, M., Forster, B., Tong, A. (2016). Clinicians’ Perspectives on Managing Symptom Clusters in Advanced Cancer: A Semistructured Interview Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(4), 706-717.e5. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Butow, P., Tong, A., Agar, M., Boyle, F., Forster, B., Stockler, M., Lovell, M. (2016). Patients' experiences and perspectives of multiple concurrent symptoms in advanced cancer: a semi-structured interview study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24, 1373-1386. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Costa, D., Butow, P., Lovell, M., Agar, M., Velikova, G., Teckle, P., Tong, A., Tebbutt, N., Clarke, S., King, M., et al (2016). Symptom Clusters in Advanced Cancer Patients: An Empirical Comparison of Statistical Methods and the Impact on Quality of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(1), 88-98. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Costa, D., Butow, P., Lovell, M., Agar, M., Velikova, G., Teckle, P., Tong, A., Tebbutt, N., Clarke, S., King, M., et al (2016). Symptom Clusters in Advanced Cancer Patients: An Empirical Comparison of Statistical Methods and the Impact on Quality of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(1), 88-98. [More Information]
  • Agar, M., Koh, E., Gibbs, E., Barnes, E., Hovey, E., Livingstone (nee Ratcliffe), A., Sawkins, K., Chye, R., Lovell, M., Clark, K., Vardy, J., King, M. (2016). Validating self-report and proxy reports of the Dexamethasone Symptom Questionnaire -Chronic for the evaluation of longer-term corticosteroid toxicity. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(3), 1209-1218. [More Information]
  • Lovell, M., Luckett, T., Boyle, F., Stubbs, J., Phillips, J., Davidson, P., Oliver, I., von Dincklage, J., Agar, M. (2015). Adaptation of international guidelines on assessment and management of cancer pain for the Australian context. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 11(2), 170-177. [More Information]
  • Phillips, J., Lovell, M., Luckett, T., Agar, M., Green, A., Davidson, P. (2015). Australian survey of current practice and guideline use in adult cancer pain assessment and management: The community nurse perspective. Collegian, 22(1), 33-41. [More Information]
  • Sanderson, C., Quinn, S., Agar, M., Chye, R., Clark, K., Doogue, M., Fazekas, B., Lee, J., Lovell, M., Rowett, D., et al (2015). Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: net effect of gabapentin for neuropathic pain. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 5(3), 273-280. [More Information]
  • Agar, M., Beattie, E., Luckett, T., Phillips, J., Luscombe, G., Goodall, S., Mitchell, G., Pond, D., Davidson, P., Chenoweth, L. (2015). Pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of facilitated family case conferencing compared with usual care for improving end of life care and outcomes in nursing home residents with advanced dementia and their families: the IDEAL study protocol. BMC Palliative Care, 14(1). [More Information]
  • Currow, D., Clark, K., Kamal, A., Collier, A., Agar, M., Lovell, M., Phillips, J., Ritchie, C. (2015). The Population Burden of Chronic Symptoms that Substantially Predate the Diagnosis of a Life-Limiting Illness. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 18(6), 480-485. [More Information]
  • Clark, K., Lam, L., Currow, D., Agar, M. (2014). A Prospective Study to Investigate Contributory Factors That Lead to Constipation in Palliative Care Patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47(6), e1-e4. [More Information]
  • Phillips, J., Lam, L., Luckett, T., Agar, M., Currow, D. (2014). Is the Life Space Assessment Applicable to a Palliative Care Population? Its Relationship to Measures of Performance and Quality of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47(6), 1121-1127. [More Information]
  • Vardy, J., Agar, M. (2014). Nonopioid Drugs in the Treatment of Cancer Pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(16), 1677-1690. [More Information]
  • Lovell, M., Luckett, T., Boyle, F., Phillips, J., Agar, M., Davidson, P. (2014). Patient Education, Coaching, and Self-Management for Cancer Pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(16), 1712-1720. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Butow, P., Costa, D., Lovell, M., Agar, M. (2014). Symptom Clusters in Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 48(3), 411-450. [More Information]
  • Lovell, M., Agar, M., Luckett, T., Davidson, P., Green, A., Clayton, J. (2013). Australian Survey of Current Practice and Guideline Use in Adult Cancer Pain Assessment and Management: Perspectives of Palliative Care Physicians. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(11), 1403-1409. [More Information]
  • Dimoska, A., Butow, P., Lynch, J., Hovey, E., Agar, M., Beale, P., Tattersall, M. (2012). Implementing patient question-prompt lists into routine cancer care. Patient Education and Counseling, 86(2), 252-258. [More Information]
  • Lobb, E., Swetenham, K., Agar, M., Currow, D. (2011). A collateral benefit of research in palliative care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14(9), 986-987. [More Information]
  • To, T., Greene, A., Agar, M., Currow, D. (2011). A point prevalence survey of hospital inpatients to define the proportion with palliation as the primary goal of care and the need for specialist palliative care. Internal Medicine Journal, 41(5), 430-433. [More Information]
  • Connell, T., Griffiths, R., Fernandez, R., Tran, D., Agar, M., Harlum, J. (2011). Quality-of-life trajectory of clients and carers referred to a community palliative care service. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17(2), 80-85. [More Information]
  • Currow, D., Agar, M., Plummer, J., Blyth, F., Abernethy, A. (2010). Chronic pain in South Australia - population levels that interfere extremely with activities of daily living. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(3), 232-239. [More Information]
  • Agar, M., Currow, D., Plummer, J., Chye, R., Draper, B. (2008). Differing management of people with advanced cancer and delirium by four sub-specialties. Palliative Medicine: a multiprofessional journal, 22(5), 633-40. [More Information]

2016

  • Laver, K., Cumming, R., Dyer, S., Agar, M., Anstey, K., Beattie, E., Brodaty, H., Broe, T., Clemson, L., Crotty, M., Kurrle, S., et al (2016). Clinical practice guidelines for dementia in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 204(5), 1-3.e2. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Butow, P., Agar, M., Lovell, M., Boyle, F., Stockler, M., Forster, B., Tong, A. (2016). Clinicians’ Perspectives on Managing Symptom Clusters in Advanced Cancer: A Semistructured Interview Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(4), 706-717.e5. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Butow, P., Tong, A., Agar, M., Boyle, F., Forster, B., Stockler, M., Lovell, M. (2016). Patients' experiences and perspectives of multiple concurrent symptoms in advanced cancer: a semi-structured interview study. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24, 1373-1386. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Costa, D., Butow, P., Lovell, M., Agar, M., Velikova, G., Teckle, P., Tong, A., Tebbutt, N., Clarke, S., King, M., et al (2016). Symptom Clusters in Advanced Cancer Patients: An Empirical Comparison of Statistical Methods and the Impact on Quality of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(1), 88-98. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Costa, D., Butow, P., Lovell, M., Agar, M., Velikova, G., Teckle, P., Tong, A., Tebbutt, N., Clarke, S., King, M., et al (2016). Symptom Clusters in Advanced Cancer Patients: An Empirical Comparison of Statistical Methods and the Impact on Quality of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51(1), 88-98. [More Information]
  • Agar, M., Koh, E., Gibbs, E., Barnes, E., Hovey, E., Livingstone (nee Ratcliffe), A., Sawkins, K., Chye, R., Lovell, M., Clark, K., Vardy, J., King, M. (2016). Validating self-report and proxy reports of the Dexamethasone Symptom Questionnaire -Chronic for the evaluation of longer-term corticosteroid toxicity. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(3), 1209-1218. [More Information]

2015

  • Lovell, M., Luckett, T., Boyle, F., Stubbs, J., Phillips, J., Davidson, P., Oliver, I., von Dincklage, J., Agar, M. (2015). Adaptation of international guidelines on assessment and management of cancer pain for the Australian context. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 11(2), 170-177. [More Information]
  • Phillips, J., Lovell, M., Luckett, T., Agar, M., Green, A., Davidson, P. (2015). Australian survey of current practice and guideline use in adult cancer pain assessment and management: The community nurse perspective. Collegian, 22(1), 33-41. [More Information]
  • Sanderson, C., Quinn, S., Agar, M., Chye, R., Clark, K., Doogue, M., Fazekas, B., Lee, J., Lovell, M., Rowett, D., et al (2015). Pharmacovigilance in hospice/palliative care: net effect of gabapentin for neuropathic pain. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 5(3), 273-280. [More Information]
  • Agar, M., Beattie, E., Luckett, T., Phillips, J., Luscombe, G., Goodall, S., Mitchell, G., Pond, D., Davidson, P., Chenoweth, L. (2015). Pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of facilitated family case conferencing compared with usual care for improving end of life care and outcomes in nursing home residents with advanced dementia and their families: the IDEAL study protocol. BMC Palliative Care, 14(1). [More Information]
  • Currow, D., Clark, K., Kamal, A., Collier, A., Agar, M., Lovell, M., Phillips, J., Ritchie, C. (2015). The Population Burden of Chronic Symptoms that Substantially Predate the Diagnosis of a Life-Limiting Illness. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 18(6), 480-485. [More Information]

2014

  • Clark, K., Lam, L., Currow, D., Agar, M. (2014). A Prospective Study to Investigate Contributory Factors That Lead to Constipation in Palliative Care Patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47(6), e1-e4. [More Information]
  • Phillips, J., Lam, L., Luckett, T., Agar, M., Currow, D. (2014). Is the Life Space Assessment Applicable to a Palliative Care Population? Its Relationship to Measures of Performance and Quality of Life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 47(6), 1121-1127. [More Information]
  • Vardy, J., Agar, M. (2014). Nonopioid Drugs in the Treatment of Cancer Pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(16), 1677-1690. [More Information]
  • Lovell, M., Luckett, T., Boyle, F., Phillips, J., Agar, M., Davidson, P. (2014). Patient Education, Coaching, and Self-Management for Cancer Pain. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(16), 1712-1720. [More Information]
  • Dong, S., Butow, P., Costa, D., Lovell, M., Agar, M. (2014). Symptom Clusters in Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 48(3), 411-450. [More Information]

2013

  • Lovell, M., Agar, M., Luckett, T., Davidson, P., Green, A., Clayton, J. (2013). Australian Survey of Current Practice and Guideline Use in Adult Cancer Pain Assessment and Management: Perspectives of Palliative Care Physicians. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16(11), 1403-1409. [More Information]

2012

  • Dimoska, A., Butow, P., Lynch, J., Hovey, E., Agar, M., Beale, P., Tattersall, M. (2012). Implementing patient question-prompt lists into routine cancer care. Patient Education and Counseling, 86(2), 252-258. [More Information]

2011

  • Lobb, E., Swetenham, K., Agar, M., Currow, D. (2011). A collateral benefit of research in palliative care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 14(9), 986-987. [More Information]
  • To, T., Greene, A., Agar, M., Currow, D. (2011). A point prevalence survey of hospital inpatients to define the proportion with palliation as the primary goal of care and the need for specialist palliative care. Internal Medicine Journal, 41(5), 430-433. [More Information]
  • Connell, T., Griffiths, R., Fernandez, R., Tran, D., Agar, M., Harlum, J. (2011). Quality-of-life trajectory of clients and carers referred to a community palliative care service. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17(2), 80-85. [More Information]

2010

  • Currow, D., Agar, M., Plummer, J., Blyth, F., Abernethy, A. (2010). Chronic pain in South Australia - population levels that interfere extremely with activities of daily living. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(3), 232-239. [More Information]

2008

  • Agar, M., Currow, D., Plummer, J., Chye, R., Draper, B. (2008). Differing management of people with advanced cancer and delirium by four sub-specialties. Palliative Medicine: a multiprofessional journal, 22(5), 633-40. [More Information]

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