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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526095/improving-hospital-based-end-of-life-care-processes-and-outcomes-a-systematic-review-of-research-output-quality-and-effectiveness
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Amy Waller, Natalie Dodd, Martin H N Tattersall, Balakrishnan Nair, Rob Sanson-Fisher
BACKGROUND: As in other areas of health delivery, there is a need to ensure that end-of-life care is guided by patient centred research. A systematic review was undertaken to examine the quantity and quality of data-based research aimed at improving the (a) processes and (b) outcomes associated with delivering end-of-life care in hospital settings. METHODS: Medline, EMBASE and Cochrane databases were searched between 1995 and 2015 for data-based papers. Eligible papers were classified as descriptive, measurement or intervention studies...
May 19, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521799/what-are-the-differences-among-occupational-groups-related-to-their-palliative-care-specific-educational-needs-and-intensity-of-interprofessional-collaboration-in-long-term-care-homes
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S Kaasalainen, T Sussman, M Bui, N Akhtar-Danesh, R D Laporte, L McCleary, A Wickson Griffiths, K Brazil, D Parker, V Dal Bello-Haas, A Papaioannou, J O'Leary
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the differences across occupational groups related to their end-of-life care-specific educational needs and reported intensity of interprofessional collaboration in long-term care (LTC) homes. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey, based on two questionnaires, was administered at four LTC homes in Ontario, Canada using a modified Dilman's approach. The first questionnaire, End of Life Professional Caregiver Survey, included three domains: patients and family-centered communication, cultural and ethical values, effective care delivery...
May 18, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490381/palliative-care-in-the-neonatal-unit-neonatal-nursing-staff-perceptions-of-facilitators-and-barriers-in-a-regional-tertiary-nursery
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Meegan Kilcullen, Susan Ireland
BACKGROUND: Neonatology has made significant advances in the last 30 years. Despite the advances in treatments, not all neonates survive and a palliative care model is required within the neonatal context. Previous research has focused on the barriers of palliative care provision. A holistic approach to enhancing palliative care provision should include identifying both facilitators and barriers. A strengths-based approach would allow barriers to be addressed while also enhancing facilitators...
May 11, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486962/quality-of-life-psychological-burden-needs-and-satisfaction-during-specialized-inpatient-palliative-care-in-family-caregivers-of-advanced-cancer-patients
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Anneke Ullrich, Lilian Ascherfeld, Gabriella Marx, Carsten Bokemeyer, Corinna Bergelt, Karin Oechsle
BACKGROUND: This pilot study aimed to investigate quality of life, psychological burden, unmet needs, and care satisfaction in family caregivers of advanced cancer patients (FCs) during specialized inpatient palliative care (SIPC) and to test feasibility and acceptance of the questionnaire survey. METHODS: During a period of 12 weeks, FCs were recruited consecutively within 72 h after the patient's admission. They completed validated scales on several outcomes: quality of life (SF-8), distress (DT), anxiety (GAD-7), depression (PHQ-9), supportive needs (FIN), palliative care outcome (POS), and satisfaction with care (FAMCARE-2)...
May 10, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482856/the-impact-of-the-inpatient-practice-of-continuous-deep-sedation-until-death-on-healthcare-professionals-emotional-well-being-a-systematic-review
#5
Sarah Ziegler, Hannes Merker, Margareta Schmid, Milo A Puhan
BACKGROUND: The practice of continuous deep sedation is a challenging clinical intervention with demanding clinical and ethical decision-making. Though current research indicates that healthcare professionals' involvement in such decisions is associated with emotional stress, little is known about sedation-related emotional burden. This study aims to systematically review the evidence on the impact of the inpatient practice of continuous deep sedation until death on healthcare professionals' emotional well-being...
May 8, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477630/keep-in-touch-kit-feasibility-of-using-internet-based-communication-and-information-technology-in-palliative-care
#6
Qiaohong Guo, Beverley Cann, Susan McClement, Genevieve Thompson, Harvey Max Chochinov
BACKGROUND: Confinement to an in-patient hospital ward impairs patients' sense of social support and connectedness. Providing the means, through communication technology, for patients to maintain contact with friends and family can potentially improve well-being at the end of life by minimizing social isolation and facilitating social connection. This study aimed to explore the feasibility of introducing internet-based communication and information technologies for in-patients and their families and to describe their experience in using this technology...
May 6, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454534/palliative-care-for-people-with-dementia-in-the-terminal-phase-a-mixed-methods-qualitative-study-to-inform-service-development
#7
Jenny T van der Steen, Natashe Lemos Dekker, Marie-José H E Gijsberts, Laura H Vermeulen, Margje M Mahler, B Anne-Mei The
BACKGROUND: When entering the dying phase, the nature of physical, psychosocial and spiritual care needs of people with dementia and their families may change. Our objective was to understand what needs to be in place to develop optimal palliative care services for the terminal phase in the face of a small evidence base. METHODS: In 2015-2016, we performed a mixed-methods qualitative study in which we (1) analysed the domains and recommendations from the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) dementia white paper and identified those with particular relevance for the terminal phase; (2) performed a series of focus group discussions with Dutch family caregivers of people with dementia in variable stages; (3) conducted interviews with experts involved in 15 special forms of terminal care for people with dementia in five countries...
April 28, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431539/pain-intervention-for-people-with-dementia-in-nursing-homes-pid-study-protocol-for-a-quasi-experimental-nurse-intervention
#8
Andrea Koppitz, Georg Bosshard, Geneviève Blanc, Hannele Hediger, Sheila Payne, Thomas Volken
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that 19 to 83% of people with dementia suffer from pain that is inadequately treated in the last months of life. A large number of healthcare workers who care for these people in nursing homes lack appropriate expertise and may therefore not always recognise, assess and treat pain in those with dementia who have complex problems on time, properly and efficiently. The aim of this intervention trial is to identify care needs of people with dementia suffering from pain living in a nursing home...
April 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424058/family-members-of-deceased-palliative-care-patients-receiving-bereavement-anniversary-cards-a-survey-on-the-recipient-s-reactions-and-opinions
#9
Swantje Goebel, Sandra Stephanie Mai, Christina Gerlach, Ulrike Windschmitt, Karl-Heinz Feldmann, Martin Weber
BACKGROUND: Bereavement support is part of palliative care. Sending out bereavement anniversary cards is one intervention of follow-up support for the bereaved. This study evaluated the suitability of bereavement anniversary cards as an appropriate method in bereavement care. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to each card recipient since the starting point of this practice (October 2014-June 2015). Data was analyzed descriptively. RESULTS: 24 of 68 deliverable questionnaires were returned (response rate 35%)...
April 19, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399846/palliative-sedation-challenging-the-professional-competency-of-health-care-providers-and-staff-a-qualitative-focus-group-and-personal-written-narrative-study
#10
Danièle Leboul, Régis Aubry, Jean-Michel Peter, Victor Royer, Jean-François Richard, Frédéric Guirimand
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in palliative medicine, sedating a terminally ill patient is regarded as an indispensable treatment to manage unbearable suffering. With the prospect of widespread use of palliative sedation, the feelings and representations of health care providers and staff (carers) regarding sedation must be carefully explored if we are to gain a better understanding of its impact and potential pitfalls. The objective of the study was to provide a comprehensive description of the opinions of carers about the use of sedation practices in palliative care units (PCU), which have become a focus of public attention following changes in legislation...
April 11, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399827/organization-level-principles-and-practices-to-support-spiritual-care-at-the-end-of-life-a-qualitative-study
#11
Paul Holyoke, Barry Stephenson
BACKGROUND: Though most models of palliative care specifically include spiritual care as an essential element, secular health care organizations struggle with supporting spiritual care for people who are dying and their families. Organizations often leave responsibility for such care with individual care providers, some of whom are comfortable with this role and well supported, others who are not. This study looked to hospice programs founded and operated on specific spiritual foundations to identify, if possible, organizational-level practices that support high-quality spiritual care that then might be applied in secular healthcare organizations...
April 11, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390401/a-process-evaluation-of-systematic-risk-and-needs-assessment-for-caregivers-in-specialised-palliative-care
#12
Kia Toft Thomsen, Mai-Britt Guldin, Mette Kjærgaard Nielsen, Chaitali Laura Ollars, Anders Bonde Jensen
BACKGROUND: Caregiving is strenuous and it may be associated with adverse psychological outcomes. During the palliative care trajectory, there are unique opportunities for providing support and preventing poor bereavement outcome. However, the tasks of palliative care staff in relation to caregivers are often unclear in the daily practice. Assessment is recommended to establish risk and needs and standards for caregiver support are available. Still, the feasibility of applying these standards among caregivers in everyday clinical practice has not been tested so far...
April 8, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335763/identification-of-drug-combinations-administered-by-continuous-subcutaneous-infusion-that-require-analysis-for-compatibility-and-stability
#13
Andrew Dickman, Matthew Bickerstaff, Richard Jackson, Jennifer Schneider, Stephen Mason, John Ellershaw
BACKGROUND: A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) delivered via syringe pump is a method of drug administration used to maintain symptom control when a patient is no longer able to tolerate oral medication. Several classes of drugs, such as opioids, antiemetics, anticholinergics, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines are routinely administered by CSCI alone or in combinations. Previous studies attempting to identify the most-common CSCI combinations are now several years old and no longer reflect current clinical practice...
March 23, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330507/is-admittance-to-specialised-palliative-care-among-cancer-patients-related-to-sex-age-and-cancer-diagnosis-a-nation-wide-study-from-the-danish-palliative-care-database-dpd
#14
Mathilde Adsersen, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Anders Bonde Jensen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Per Sjøgren, Mogens Groenvold
BACKGROUND: Specialised palliative care (SPC) takes place in specialised services for patients with complex symptoms and problems. Little is known about what determines the admission of patients to SPC and whether there are differences in relation to institution type. The aims of the study were to investigate whether cancer patients' admittance to SPC in Denmark varied in relation to sex, age and diagnosis, and whether the patterns differed by type of institution (hospital-based palliative care team/unit, hospice, or both)...
March 23, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327170/critical-attitudes-and-beliefs-towards-guidelines-amongst-palliative-care-professionals-results-from-a-national-survey
#15
Helen Kalies, Rieke Schöttmer, Steffen T Simon, Raymond Voltz, Alexander Crispin, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: Little is known about palliative care professionals' attitudes towards guidelines. In 2015, the German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP) published an evidence based guideline for palliative care in adults with incurable cancer. Before publication we conducted a national survey among members of the DGP to detect possible barriers and facilitators for its implementation. The aim of the present publication was to evaluate critical attitudes and beliefs which could hinder the effective implementation of the new guideline and to evaluate differences within professional groups and medical specialisations...
March 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288598/to-be-a-trained-and-supported-volunteer-in-palliative-care-a-phenomenological-study
#16
Ulrika Söderhamn, Sylvi Flateland, Marthe Fensli, Ragnhild Skaar
BACKGROUND: It has been found that including volunteers in palliative care is a positive contribution to seriously ill patients. It is, however, recommended that the volunteers are trained and supported. The aim of this study was to describe a group of trained and supported volunteers' lived experiences as volunteers in palliative care within the community health care services. METHODS: This study adopted a descriptive phenomenological approach featuring individual interviews with nine volunteers...
March 14, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288593/palliative-gastrectomy-is-beneficial-in-selected-cases-of-metastatic-gastric-cancer
#17
Jun-Te Hsu, Jian-Ann Liao, Huei-Chieh Chuang, Tai-Di Chen, Tsung-Hsing Chen, Chia-Jung Kuo, Chun-Jung Lin, Wen-Chi Chou, Ta-Sen Yeh, Yi-Yin Jan
BACKGROUND: Salvage chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for metastatic gastric cancer (mGC). This study aimed to clarify the effects of palliative gastrectomy (PG) and identify prognostic factors in mGC patients undergoing PG. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of 333 mGC patients receiving PG or a non-resection procedure (NR) between 2000 and 2010. Clinicopathological factors affecting the prognosis of these patients were collected prospectively and analyzed...
March 14, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274216/primary-care-physicians-educational-needs-and-learning-preferences-in-end-of-life-care-a-focus-group-study-in-the-uk
#18
Lucy Ellen Selman, Lisa Jane Brighton, Vicky Robinson, Rob George, Shaheen A Khan, Rachel Burman, Jonathan Koffman
BACKGROUND: Primary care physicians (General Practitioners (GPs)) play a pivotal role in providing end of life care (EoLC). However, many lack confidence in this area, and the quality of EoLC by GPs can be problematic. Evidence regarding educational needs, learning preferences and the acceptability of evaluation methods is needed to inform the development and testing of EoLC education. This study therefore aimed to explore GPs' EoLC educational needs and preferences for learning and evaluation...
March 9, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212651/erratum-to-when-parents-face-the-death-of-their-child-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-survey-of-parental-perspectives-on-their-child-s-end-of-life-care
#19
Karin Zimmermann, Eva Bergstraesser, Sandra Engberg, Anne-Sylvie Ramelet, Katrin Marfurt-Russenberger, Nicolas Von der Weid, Chantal Grandjean, Patricia Fahrni-Nater, Eva Cignacco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193270/the-experience-of-providing-end-of-life-care-at-a-children-s-hospice-a-qualitative-study
#20
Tracey McConnell, Sam Porter
BACKGROUND: More attention is being paid to the wellbeing of staff working in stressful situations. However, little is known about staff experience of providing end-of-life care to children within a hospice setting. This study aims to explore the experiences of care team staff who provide end-of-life care within a children's hospice. METHODS: Qualitative research incorporating interviews and a focus group. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Purposeful sampling led to a total of 15 care team staff recruited from a children's hospice offering palliative and specialist care to life-limited children and young people...
February 13, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
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