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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933313/sleep-wake-difficulties-in-community-dwelling-cancer-patients-receiving-palliative-care-subjective-and-objective-assessment
#1
Marie Solange Bernatchez, Josée Savard, Marie-Hélène Savard, Michèle Aubin, Hans Ivers
OBJECTIVE: Prevalence rates of sleep difficulties in advanced cancer patients have varied widely across studies (12 to 96%), and none of these employed a diagnostic interview to distinguish different types of sleep-wake disorders. Moreover, very limited information is available on subjective and objective sleep parameters in this population. Our study was conducted in palliative cancer patients and aimed to assess rates of sleep-wake disorders and subsyndromal symptoms and to document subjective and objective sleep-wake parameters across various types of sleep-wake difficulties...
September 21, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931454/the-experience-of-informal-caregivers-of-patients-with-motor-neurone-disease-a-thematic-synthesis
#2
Lucy Holkham, Andy Soundy
OBJECTIVE: Research is required in order to illustrate and detail the experiences of informal caregivers of patients with motor neurone disease (pwMND) to further advance the research base and to inform the development of future support structures and services. Due to the heterogeneous nature of caregiving for pwMND, one way in which this can be achieved is through a qualitative review. A qualitative thematic analysis of existing qualitative studies has not, to the best of the authors' knowledge, been previously undertaken...
September 21, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931445/the-care-experiences-of-patients-who-die-in-residential-hospice-a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-last-three-months-of-life-from-the-views-of-bereaved-caregivers-erratum
#3
Daryl Bainbridge, Mohanna Giruparajah, Hanyan Zou, Hsien Seow
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September 21, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835295/confirmatory-factor-analysis-of-the-beck-depression-inventory-ii-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-theory-driven-approach
#4
Kristen G Tobias, Jonathan Lehrfeld, Barry Rosenfeld, Hayley Pessin, William Breitbart
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis and treatment of depression are complicated by the presence of a serious medical illness, such as cancer. The role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of depression remains unknown; however, the symptom cluster of sickness behavior is more clearly related to inflammation. Symptom clusters may provide the specificity needed to improve treatment outcomes. The purpose of this study is to use confirmatory factor analysis to examine the construct of sickness behavior in patients with advanced cancer using the Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II)...
August 24, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829011/-we-never-speak-about-death-healthcare-professionals-views-on-palliative-care-for-inpatients-in-tanzania-a-qualitative-study
#5
E Grace Lewis, Lloyd L Oates, Jane Rogathi, Ashanti Duinmaijer, Aisa Shayo, Simon Megiroo, Barthlomew Bakari, Felicity Dewhurst, Richard W Walker, Matt Dewhurst, Sarah Urasa
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the current views and practices of healthcare professionals (HCPs) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regarding delivery of hospital palliative care. The present qualitative study explored the views of nursing staff and medical professionals on providing palliative and end-of-life care (EoLC) to hospital inpatients in Tanzania. METHOD: Focus group discussions were conducted with a purposive sample of HCPs working on the medical and pediatric wards of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, a tertiary referral hospital in northern Tanzania...
August 22, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829002/supporting-wellbeing-in-motor-neurone-disease-for-patients-carers-social-networks-and-health-professionals-a-scoping-review-and-synthesis
#6
Melanie Harris, Geoff Thomas, Mary Thomas, Paul Cafarella, Allegra Stocks, Julia Greig, R Doug McEvoy
OBJECTIVE: Disease management in motor neurone disease (MND) is focused on preserving quality of life. However, the emphasis has so far been on physical symptoms and functioning and not psychosocial wellbeing. MND affects the wellbeing of carers, of family and social network members, and of healthcare providers, as well as of the patients. We therefore aimed to assess and synthesize the knowledge about maximizing MND-related psychosocial wellbeing across all these groups. METHOD: We used a systematic search and selection process to assess the scope of the literature along with a narrative synthesis of recent high-quality reviews...
August 22, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809134/cancer-treatment-experiences-among-survivors-of-childhood-sexual-abuse-a-qualitative-investigation-of-triggers-and-reactions-to-cumulative-trauma
#7
Julie B Schnur, Matthew J Dillon, Rachel E Goldsmith, Guy H Montgomery
OBJECTIVE: Some 25% of women and 8% of men in the United States have experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA) before the age of 18. For these individuals, healthcare visits and interactions can be retraumatizing due to perceived similarities to past abuse (e.g., pain, undressing, lack of control). However, no prior studies have provided formal qualitative analyses regarding CSA survivors' reactions to cancer treatment. Therefore, our study's objective was to identify key themes pertaining to CSA survivors' cancer treatment experiences...
August 15, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805170/perspectives-of-patients-close-relatives-nurses-and-physicians-on-end-of-life-medication-management
#8
Marianne K Dees, Eric C T Geijteman, Wim J M Dekkers, Bregje A A Huisman, Roberto S G M Perez, Lia van Zuylen, Agnes van der Heide, Evert van Leeuwen
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to gain insight into the perspectives of patients, close relatives, nurses, and physicians on medication management for patients with a life expectancy of less than 3 months. METHOD: We conducted an empirical multicenter study with a qualitative approach, including in-depth interviews with patients, relatives, nurses, specialists, and general practitioners (GPs). We used the constant comparative method and ATLAS.ti (v. 7.1) software for our analysis...
August 14, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789725/demoralization-in-medical-illness-feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-pilot-educational-intervention-for-inpatient-oncology-nurses
#9
Benjamin W Brewer, Jennifer M Caspari, Jean Youngwerth, Leigh Nathan, Izaskun Ripoll, Alison Heru
OBJECTIVE: Demoralization is a common problem among medical inpatients with such serious health problems as cancer. An awareness of this syndrome, a knowledge of what defines it, and a plan for how to intervene are limited among nursing teams. Nurses are uniquely poised to efficiently provide brief interventions that address demoralization in their patients. To our knowledge, there are no interventions that train nurses to distinguish and treat demoralization in their patients. The objective of the present study was to determine the acceptability, feasibility, and impact of a novel educational intervention for nurses...
August 9, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789719/meaning-of-life-representation-of-death-and-their-association-with-psychological-distress
#10
Ines Testoni, Giulia Sansonetto, Lucia Ronconi, Maddalena Rodelli, Gloria Baracco, Luigi Grassi
OBJECTIVE: This paper presents a two-phase cross-sectional study aimed at examining the possible mitigating role of perceived meaning of life and representation of death on psychological distress, anxiety, and depression. METHOD: The first phase involved 219 healthy participants, while the second encompassed 30 cancer patients. Each participant completed the Personal Meaning Profile (PMP), the Testoni Death Representation Scale (TDRS), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the Distress Thermometer (DT)...
August 9, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780923/assessment-of-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer-are-we-using-the-right-tools
#11
Geana Paula Kurita, Marlene Sandvad, Lena Lundorff, Cibele Andrucioli De Mattos-Pimenta, Jette Højsted, Per Sjøgren
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at analyzing the validity and reliability of the continuous reaction time (CRT) test, the finger-tapping test (FTT), the Digit Span Test (DST), the Trail Making Test - part B (TMTB), and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in patients with metastatic cancer. METHOD: Eighty adult patients and 81 healthy controls were assessed between July of 2010 and November of 2015. The neuropsychological tests were analyzed regarding construct/discriminant/criterion validity and reliability...
August 7, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701245/parental-coping-in-the-context-of-having-a-child-who-is-facing-death-a-theoretical-framework
#12
Anne-Sophie E Darlington, David N Korones, Sally A Norton
OBJECTIVE: While improvements in healthcare have resulted in children with complex and life-threatening conditions living longer, a proportion of them still die. The death of a child puts parents at increased risk for anxiety, depression, and complicated grief. Increasing our understanding of the coping strategies that parents use under such extreme circumstances will enable us to best provide support to families, before and after a child's death. Our aim herein was to develop a theoretical framework of parental coping...
July 13, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701233/bereavement-support-standards-and-bereavement-care-pathway-for-quality-palliative-care
#13
Peter Hudson, Chris Hall, Alison Boughey, Audrey Roulston
OBJECTIVE: Provision of bereavement support is an essential component of palliative care service delivery. While bereavement support is integral to palliative care, it is typically insufficiently resourced, under-researched, and not systematically applied. Our aim was to develop bereavement standards to assist palliative care services to provide targeted support to family caregivers. METHOD: We employed a multiple-methods design for our study, which included: (1) a literature review, (2) a survey of palliative care service providers in Australia, (3) interviews with national (Australian) and international experts, (4) key stakeholder workshops, and (5) a modified Delphi-type survey...
July 13, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693652/professional-caregivers-experiences-with-the-liverpool-care-pathway-in-dementia-an-ethnographic-study-in-a-dutch-nursing-home
#14
Natashe Lemos Dekker, Marjolein Gysels, Jenny T van der Steen
OBJECTIVE: There are few studies on how professional caregivers apply the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) in nursing home care for people with dementia. Further, despite critiques in the United Kingdom, the LCP continues to be used in the Netherlands, while, to the best of our knowledge, no studies have been conducted since its implementation. The purpose of the present study was to analyze professional caregivers' experiences with the LCP in this context. METHOD: This article draws on an ethnographic study...
July 11, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693631/palliative-care-education-in-latin-america-a-systematic-review-of-training-programs-for-healthcare-professionals
#15
Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Rosa Mertnoff, Cristina Lasmarias, Xavier Gómez-Batiste
OBJECTIVE: The integration of palliative care (PC) education into medical and nursing curricula has been identified as an international priority. PC education has undergone significant development in Latin America, but gaps in the integration of PC courses into undergraduate and postgraduate curricula remain. The aim of our review was to systematically examine the delivery of PC education in Latin America in order to explore the content and method of delivery of current PC programs, identify gaps in the availability of education opportunities, and document common barriers encountered in the course of their implementation...
July 11, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669376/association-between-pancreatic-cancer-patients-perception-of-their-care-coordination-and-patient-reported-and-survival-outcomes
#16
Vanessa L Beesley, Monika Janda, Elizabeth A Burmeister, David Goldstein, Helen Gooden, Neil D Merrett, Dianne L O'Connell, David K Wyld, Raymond J Chan, Jane M Young, Rachel E Neale
OBJECTIVE: People with pancreatic cancer have poor survival, and management is challenging. Pancreatic cancer patients' perceptions of their care coordination and its association with their outcomes have not been well-studied. Our objective was to determine if perception of care coordination is associated with patient-reported outcomes or survival. METHODS: People with pancreatic cancer who were 1-8 months postdiagnosis (52 with completed resection and 58 with no resection) completed a patient-reported questionnaire that assessed their perceptions of care coordination, quality of life, anxiety, and depression using validated instruments...
July 3, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669369/young-people-s-perspectives-on-open-communication-between-family-members-when-a-parent-is-dying
#17
Nicola Turner
OBJECTIVE: Living with a parent who is approaching the end of life is profoundly troubling for young people. Research indicates that family communication about life-limiting parental illness can influence how young people manage living with dying. In particular, open communication between family members has been shown to be helpful. This paper reports on a study of young people's experiences of family interaction when a parent is dying and considers the practice of open communication in the context of young people's involvement in giving and receiving family care...
July 3, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669368/attitudes-of-palliative-care-clinical-staff-toward-prolonged-grief-disorder-diagnosis-and-grief-interventions
#18
Esther L Davis, Frank P Deane, Gregory D Barclay, Joan Bourne, Vivienne Connolly
OBJECTIVE: The provision of psychological support to caregivers is an important part of the role of the clinical staff working in palliative care. Staff knowledge and attitudes may determine their openness to referring caregivers to a psychological intervention. We recently developed a self-help intervention for grief and psychological distress among caregivers and were interested in exploring the extent to which staff knowledge and attitudes might affect future implementation. The aims of our study were to: (1) examine the acceptability of self-help psychological intervention for caregivers among palliative care clinical staff; (2) examine potential attitudinal barriers toward prolonged grief disorder (PGD) as a diagnosis and interventions for grief; and (3) bolster staff confidence in skills and knowledge in identifying and managing caregiver psychological distress...
July 3, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660841/the-care-experiences-of-patients-who-die-in-residential-hospice-a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-last-three-months-of-life-from-the-views-of-bereaved-caregivers
#19
Daryl Bainbridge, Mohanna Giruparajah, Hanyan Zou, Hsien Seow
OBJECTIVE: Despite the increasing prominence of residential hospices as a place of death and that, in many regards, this specialized care represents a gold standard, little is known about the care experience in this setting. Using qualitative survey data, we examined the positive and negative perceptions of care in hospices and in other prior settings. METHOD: Qualitative comments were extracted from the CaregiverVoice survey completed by bereaved caregivers of decedents who had died in 16 residential hospices in Ontario, Canada...
June 29, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655363/a-scoping-research-literature-review-to-assess-the-state-of-existing-evidence-on-the-bad-death
#20
Donna M Wilson, Jessica A Hewitt
OBJECTIVE: A scoping research literature review on "bad death" was undertaken to assess the overall state of the science on this topic and to determine what evidence exists on how often bad deaths occur, what contributes to or causes a bad death, and what the outcomes and consequences of bad deaths are. METHOD: A search for English-language research articles was conducted in late 2016, with 25 articles identified and all retained for examination, as is expected with scoping reviews...
June 28, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
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