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Journal of Palliative Medicine

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650733/when-our-worlds-collide
#1
Sue E Morris
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 26, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650723/hospital-chaplains-through-the-eyes-of-parents-of-hospitalized-children
#2
Pamela K Donohue, Matt Norvell, Renee D Boss, Jennifer Shepard, Karen Frank, Christina Patron, Thomas Y Crowe
BACKGROUND: Chaplain services are available in 68% of hospitals, but hospital chaplains are not yet incorporated into routine patient care. OBJECTIVES: To describe how families of hospitalized children view and utilize hospital chaplains. DESIGN: Telephone survey with 40 questions: Likert, yes/no, and short-answer responses. SUBJECTS: Parents visited by a hospital chaplain during their child's hospitalization in a tertiary care center...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628352/characteristics-of-hospitalized-cancer-patients-referred-for-inpatient-palliative-care-consultation
#3
Joan D Penrod, Melissa M Garrido, Karen McKendrick, Peter May, Melissa D Aldridge, Diane E Meier, Katherine A Ornstein, R Sean Morrison
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is associated with improved patient and family outcomes and lower cost of care, but studies estimate that <50% of hospitalized adults in the United States who are appropriate for palliative care receive it. Few studies have addressed demographic and clinical factors associated with receipt of palliative care. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to identify characteristics of hospitalized advanced cancer patients that are associated with referral to an interdisciplinary hospital-based palliative care team...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622481/hospice-visit-patterns-in-the-last-seven-days-of-life-and-the-service-intensity-add-on-payment
#4
Pedro L Gozalo, Joan M Teno, Carol Spence
BACKGROUND: Hospice in-person visits in the last week of life are critical to ensure quality of care. In 2016, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a Service Intensity Add-on (SIA) payment for in-person routine home care (RHC) visits by a registered nurse or social worker in the last 7 days of life. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to examine visit patterns in the last week of life and provide SIA payment impact estimates. DESIGN/MEASUREMENTS: Hospice data from 42 volunteer hospice programs for the 6-year period of 2005-2010 were examined...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622477/an-examination-of-factors-affecting-the-length-of-stay-in-a-palliative-care-center
#5
Metin Dincer, Kadriye Kahveci, Cihan Doger
BACKGROUND: With the increase in elderly population, life-threatening chronic diseases are increasing, simultaneously increasing the need for palliative care centers (PCCs). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the factors affecting the length of stay (LOS) and discharge of patients from a PCC. METHODS: A retrospective scan was made of the records of patients followed up in the PCC between January 2013 and March 2016. A record was made of patient age, gender, diagnosis, conditions/comorbidities, Glasgow Coma Scale, Karnofsky Performance Scale, LOS, prognosis (exitus or surviving), percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), tracheostomy, mechanical ventilator, nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN] or enteral nutrition), and the results of cultures taken during stay in PCCs (blood, tracheal aspirate, urine, rectal swab, wound)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617622/treatment-and-communication-that-is-what-matters-an-analysis-of-complaints-regarding-end-of-life-care
#6
Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Michal Skornick-Bouchbinder, Rinat Cohen, Shai Brill
BACKGROUND: Investigating complaints concerning end-of-life (EoL) care is a necessary step for improving the quality of life at its final stage. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to classify and quantify the aspects of EoL care that require improvement by analyzing caregivers' feedback on the care their relatives received before death. DESIGN: A survey of primary family caregivers of deceased patients. SETTING/SUBJECTS: Relatives of decedents were recruited through two geriatric medical centers and from persons contacted for other studies, who reported losing a relative...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609257/characteristics-of-participants-enrolled-onto-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-palliative-care-for-patients-on-phase-i-studies
#7
Betty R Ferrell, Carly L Paterson, Mark T Hughes, Vincent Chung, Marianna Koczywas, Thomas J Smith
INTRODUCTION: Advanced cancer patients participating in phase 1 clinical trials experience considerable symptom burden. Palliative care (PC) may benefit these individuals by providing supportive care during clinical research participation. This study investigates integration of a PC intervention among phase 1 trial participants with advanced cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This study is a multisite randomized clinical trial testing a concurrent PC intervention among phase 1 trial participants...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609231/methadone-dose-selection-for-treatment-of-pain-compared-with-consensus-recommendations
#8
Parisa Karimian, Rabia S Atayee, Toluwalase A Ajayi, Kyle P Edmonds
BACKGROUND: Many factors make methadone an appealing option for treatment of pain in patients seen by palliative care; however, complex drug-related properties and variable patient response complicate appropriate conversion ratios from other opioids to methadone. Currently, there is no consensus regarding one accepted conversion method. OBJECTIVE: Current patterns of prescribing for clinicians at a three-hospital academic health system on initial rotation to methadone for the management of pain were compared with a series of consensus recommendations for methadone dose calculation...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609177/very-low-dose-methadone-to-treat-refractory-neuropathic-pain-in-children-with-cancer
#9
Kevin Madden, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Compared with nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain is a challenging diagnosis to make and successfully treat in children with cancer. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this case report was to see whether very-low-dose methadone (VLDM) (defined as <50% of accepted starting analgesic dose of methadone for children) would be an effective strategy to treat refractory neuropathic pain due to vincristine in two children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. METHODS: This case report is based on the clinical experience and parent-reported outcomes of two children with refractory neuropathic pain who received VLDM...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609166/a-missed-opportunity
#10
Emily Adam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598239/the-prospective-evaluation-of-the-net-effect-of-red-blood-cell-transfusions-in-routine-provision-of-palliative-care
#11
Timothy H M To, Thomas W LeBlanc, Peter Eastman, Karen Neoh, Meera R Agar, Luen Bik To, Debra Rowett, Zac Vandersman, David C Currow
BACKGROUND: Red Blood Cell (RBC) transfusions are commonly used in palliative care. RBCs are a finite resource, transfusions carry risks, and the net effect (benefits and harms) is poorly defined for people with life-limiting illnesses. OBJECTIVE: To examine the indications and effects of RBC transfusion in palliative care patients. DESIGN: This international, multisite, prospective consecutive cohort study. SETTING/SUBJECTS: Palliative care patients undergoing RBC transfusion...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598227/integration-of-a-palliative-care-intervention-into-community-practice-for-lung-cancer-a-study-protocol-and-lessons-learned-with-implementation
#12
Huong Q Nguyen, Thomas Cuyegkeng, Tieu O Phung, Karisa Jahn, Tami Borneman, Mayra Macias, Nora Ruel, Betty Ferrell
BACKGROUND: A notable gap in the evidence base for outpatient palliative care (PC) for cancer is that most trials were conducted in specialized oncology or academic centers with limited translation and further evaluation in "real-world" settings. Health systems are desperate for guidance regarding the most effective and sustainable PC service models. OBJECTIVE: Describe the study protocol to evaluate the dissemination of a previously tested nurse-led PC intervention (PCI) for patients with lung cancer and their family caregiver in community-based settings, lessons learned in adapting and implementing the PCI, and implications for future dissemination-translational efforts Design: Two-group, prospective sequential, quasi-experimental design with Phase 1 (Usual care) followed by Phase 2 (Intervention) setting/subjects...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595028/the-role-of-clinical-pharmacists-on-the-interdisciplinary-team-334
#13
Jennifer Pruskowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595027/clinical-outcomes-of-start-low-go-slow-methadone-initiation-for-cancer-related-pain-what-s-the-hurry
#14
Pippa Hawley, Lawrance Chow, Gillian Fyles, Aria Shokoohi, Mary-Jane O'Leary, Matthew Mittelstadt
BACKGROUND: Methadone has been shown to be effective for cancer pain. Most published switching methods are complete in less than three days, requiring very close supervision, usually in an inpatient setting. This need for hospitalization is a barrier to access. We present a large retrospective study of slow outpatient methadone starts and describe our starting method. METHODS: Charts were reviewed of patients referred to the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care clinics at the six BC Cancer Agency's regional centers that underwent initiation of methadone for analgesia over a 14-year period...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595026/lack-of-palliative-mortality-prediction-tools-for-people-with-a-hematological-malignancy-call-for-action
#15
Elise Button, Raymond Chan, Shirley Chambers, Jason Butler, Patsy Yates
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595025/the-validity-of-using-health-administrative-data-to-identify-the-involvement-of-specialized-pediatric-palliative-care-teams-in-children-with-cancer-in-ontario-canada
#16
Kimberley Widger, Christina Vadeboncoeur, Shayna Zelcer, Ying Liu, Alisha Kassam, Rinku Sutradhar, Adam Rapoport, Katherine Nelson, Joanne Wolfe, Craig Earle, Jason D Pole, Sumit Gupta
BACKGROUND: Population-based research to identify underserviced populations and the impact of palliative care (PC) is limited as the validity of such data to identify PC services is largely unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine the validity of using such data to identify the involvement of specialized pediatric PC teams among children with cancer. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SUBJECTS: Ontario children with cancer who died between 2000 and 2012, received care through a pediatric institution with a specialized PC team and a clinical PC database...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586289/-pal-life-project-international-advisory-working-group-on-diffusion-and-development-of-palliative-care-in-the-world-first-meeting-report
#17
Nunziata Comoretto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586256/pediatric-palliative-care-a-five-year-retrospective-chart-review-study
#18
Susan E Thrane, Scott H Maurer, Susan M Cohen, Carol May, Susan M Sereika
BACKGROUND: More children are living with serious illness. However, survival and complexity of illnesses have not been described. OBJECTIVE: To describe types of illnesses, timing of referral, and time to death following referral to palliative care; to examine the associations between demographics and clinical characteristics and patient survival; and to examine whether average daily pain decreases after referral. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review of all children ages 2-16 years referred to palliative care at one large children's hospital during the five-year study period from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2013...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581881/prevalence-and-clinical-intentions-of-antithrombotic-therapy-on-discharge-to-hospice-care
#19
Christina A Kowalewska, Brie N Noble, Erik K Fromme, Mary Lynn McPherson, Kristi N Grace, Jon P Furuno
BACKGROUND: There are no guidelines for antithrombotic therapy on admission to hospice care. Antithrombotic therapy may offer some benefit in these patients, but is also associated with well-described risks. OBJECTIVE: We quantified the frequency and characteristics of patients prescribed antithrombotic therapy on discharge from acute care to hospice care. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. Settings/Subjects: Adult (age> = 21 years) patients discharged from acute care to hospice care between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2014...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581879/familiar-stranger
#20
Stefaan Six
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 5, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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