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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716797/a-pragmatic-phase-iii-multisite-double-blind-placebo-controlled-parallel-arm-dose-increment-randomised-trial-of-regular-low-dose-extended-release-morphine-for-chronic-breathlessness-breathlessness-exertion-and-morphine-sulfate-beams-study-protocol
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David Currow, Gareth John Watts, Miriam Johnson, Christine F McDonald, John O Miners, Andrew A Somogyi, Linda Denehy, Nicola McCaffrey, Danny J Eckert, Philip McCloud, Sandra Louw, Lawrence Lam, Aine Greene, Belinda Fazekas, Katherine C Clark, Kwun Fong, Meera R Agar, Rohit Joshi, Sharon Kilbreath, Diana Ferreira, Magnus Ekström
INTRODUCTION: Chronic breathlessness is highly prevalent and distressing to patients and families. No medication is registered for its symptomatic reduction. The strongest evidence is for regular, low-dose, extended- release (ER) oral morphine. A recent large phase III study suggests the subgroup most likely to benefit have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and modified Medical Research Council breathlessness scores of 3 or 4. This protocol is for an adequately powered, parallel-arm, placebo-controlled, multisite, factorial, block-randomised study evaluating regular ER morphine for chronic breathlessness in people with COPD...
July 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716621/healthcare-professionals-attitudes-about-physician-assisted-death-an-analysis-of-their-justifications-and-the-roles-of-terminology-and-patient-competency
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Derek W Braverman, Brian S Marcus, Paul G Wakim, Mark R Mercurio, Gary S Kopf
CONTEXT: Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are crucial to physician-assisted death (PAD) provision. OBJECTIVES: To quantitatively assess the favorability of justifications for or against PAD legalization among HCPs, the effect of the terms "suicide" and "euthanasia" on their views, and their support for three forms of PAD. METHODS: Our questionnaire presented three cases: physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia for a competent patient, and euthanasia for an incompetent patient with an advance directive for euthanasia...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710111/managing-an-intentional-overdose-in-a-hospice
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Toby Dinnen, Hannah Armstrong, Paul Perkins
This case report describes a patient admitted unconscious to a hospice following an intentional overdose of oxycodone. She had previously declined conventional medical treatment for cancer and had made an advance decision stating that she wished to avoid hospital admission and refusing life-prolonging treatment. This case illustrates the practical and ethical challenges of managing an intentional overdose in a palliative care setting.
July 14, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707846/palliative-sedation-ethical-aspects
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Guido Miccinesi, Augusto Caraceni, Marco Maltoni
Palliative sedation (PS), the medical act of decreasing a patient's awareness to relieve otherwise intractable suffering, is considered by some commentators to be controversial because of its consequences on residual survival and/or quality of life, and to be inappropriate for treating pure existential suffering. We will argue that PS must be always proportional, i.e. controlling refractory symptoms while keeping the loss of personal values (communication, affective relationships, care relationship) as low as possible, and that imminence of death is necessary too, from an ethical point of view, if a deep and continuous sedation (DCS) is proposed...
July 12, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706092/development-of-an-intervention-to-support-patients-and-clinicians-with-advanced-lung-cancer-when-considering-systematic-anticancer-therapy-protocol-for-the-pact-study
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Despina Anagnostou, Stephanie Sivell, Simon Noble, Jason Lester, Anthony Byrne, Catherine Sampson, Mirella Longo, Annmarie Nelson
INTRODUCTION: Patient-centred care is essential to the delivery of healthcare; however, this necessitates direct patient involvement in clinical decision-making and can be challenging for patients diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer where there may be misunderstanding of the extent of disease, prognosis and aims of treatment. In this context, decisions are complex and there is a need to balance the risks and benefits, including treatment with palliative intent. The aim of the PACT study is to identify the information and decision support needs of patients, leading to the development of an intervention to support patients with advanced lung cancer when considering treatment options...
July 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695651/the-nurse-s-role-in-palliative-care-a-qualitative-meta-synthesis
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REVIEW
Ragnhild Johanne Tveit Sekse, Irene Hunskår, Sidsel Ellingsen
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore how nurses, across various health systems, describe their role in providing palliative care for patients with life-threatening illnesses. BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that nurses make up the largest group of healthcare professionals, little is known about their role in palliative care, across health services. DESIGN: A qualitative systematic review of studies. METHODS: A search was made for relevant articles, published between January 2000-June 2016...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688910/burden-of-palliative-care-issues-encountered-by-radiation-oncologists-caring-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Gregory M Parker, Virginia T LeBaron, Monica Krishnan, Ron Y Shiloh, Alexander Spektor, Lauren Hertan, Tracy A Balboni
PURPOSE: Radiation oncologists frequently provide care for patients with advanced cancer who are in their last months or weeks of life. This study examined the previously not well-characterized types and frequencies of palliative care issues encountered in consultations for palliative radiation therapy (PRT). METHODS AND MATERIALS: This prospective, survey-based study assessed consecutive consults for PRT from May 19, 2014, to September 26, 2014 at 3 Boston-area community and academic, hospital-based centers...
May 25, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680279/palliative-care-as-a-public-health-issue-understanding-disparities-in-access-to-palliative-care-for-the-homeless-population-living-in-toronto-based-on-a-policy-analysis
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REVIEW
B Henry, N Dosani, L Huynh, N Amirault
Even in a developed country such as Canada, there are disparities in just access to adequate health care-and, more specifically, palliative care. That inequality is most notable in an underserved group such as the homeless population. Even the word "homeless" has become both a negative descriptor and a stereotype in our society. We posit that the provision of hospice palliative care is structured on several problematic assumptions: an expectation that patients will have an informal support network (family and friends), a stable and secure residence, a predictive terminal illness trajectory, and reasonable access to health care...
June 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679640/palliative-sedation-with-propofol-for-an-adolescent-with-a-dnr-order
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Liza-Marie Johnson, Joel Frader, Joanne Wolfe, Justin N Baker, Doralina L Anghelescu, John D Lantos
Death from cancer is often painful. Usually, the pain can be relieved in ways that allow patients to remain awake and alert until the end. Sometimes, however, the only way to relieve pain is to sedate patients until they are unconscious. This method has been called palliative sedation therapy. Palliative sedation therapy is controversial because it can be misunderstood as euthanasia. We present a case in which an adolescent who is dying of leukemia has intractable pain. Experts in oncology, ethics, pain management, and palliative care discuss the trade-offs associated with different treatment strategies...
July 5, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674754/issues-related-to-family-history-of-cancer-at-the-end-of-life-a-palliative-care-providers-survey
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Catherine Gonthier, Sylvie Pelletier, Pierre Gagnon, Ana Marin, Jocelyne Chiquette, Bruno Gagnon, Louis Roy, Jude Emmanuel Cléophat, Yann Joly, Michel Dorval
Addressing the concerns of end-of-life patients or their relatives about their family history of cancer could benefit patients and family members. Little is known about how palliative care providers respond to these concerns. The purpose of this pilot study was to assess palliative care providers' knowledge about familial and hereditary cancers and explore their exposure to patients' and relatives' concerns about their family history of cancer, and their self-perceived ability to deal with such concerns. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in the Quebec City (Canada) catchment area among palliative care professionals...
July 3, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644790/strategies-for-promoting-high-quality-care-and-personal-resilience-in-palliative-care
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Katherine E Heinze, Heidi K Holtz, Cynda H Rushton
Palliative care (PC) clinicians are faced with ever-expanding pressures, which can make it difficult to fulfill their duties to self and others and lead to moral distress. Understanding the pressures that PC clinicians face and the resources that could be employed to ease their moral distress is crucial to maintaining a healthy PC workforce and to providing necessary PC services to patients. In this paper, we discuss recommendations related to two promising pathways for supporting PC clinicians in providing high-quality PC: (1) improving systemic PC delivery and (2) strategies to promote ethical practice environments and individual resilience...
June 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643812/-conscience-clause-in-end-of-life-care
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Ludovica De Panfilis, Daniela Cattaneo, Luisanna Cola, Maddalena Gasparini, Corinna Porteri, Daniela Tarquini, Alessandro Tiezzi, Simone Veronese, Silvia Zullo, Eugenio Pucci
The article proposes a critical reflection on issues that appeal to the conscience clause as part of end of life care can produce and what can guarantee freedom of conscience, self-determination of those involved and respect for the dignity of the sick person. After a philosophical and normative analysis, the article is organized on the basis of two important documents for discussion: a position paper of Società Italiana di Anestesia Analgesia Rianimazione e Terapia Intensiva (SIAARTI) signed by several scientific societies "Grandi insufficienze d'organo end stage: cure intensive o cure palliative?" and the Design of Law currently being debated "Norme in materia di consenso informato e di disposizioni anticipate di trattamento"...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639775/-%C3%A2-living-facing-death-improving-lausanne-s-medical-students-%C3%A2-attitude-toward-end-of-life-issues
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Emmanuel Tamchès, Lazare Benaroyo, Marc Antoine Bornet, Jean-Pierre Hornung, Gian Domenico Borasio
The optional course « Living facing death » is the result of an innovative educational approach jointly developed by CHUV's Palliative Care Service, Lausanne's School of Medicine, Medical Ethics Unit and the students' association « Doctors & Death ». It is intended for 3rd and 4th grade medical students and was inspired by previous experiences conducted at Harvard Medical School. Its primary objective is to help students to « take some distances ». A mixed quantitative/qualitative satisfaction questionnaire was administered to all participating students at the completion of the course...
May 24, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638606/palliative-care-for-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-approach-to-treatment-that-aims-to-improve-quality-of-life-and-relieve-suffering-for-patients-and-families-with-chronic-illnesses
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Amy Rak, Rupesh Raina, Theodore T Suh, Vinod Krishnappa, Jessica Darusz, Charles W Sidoti, Mona Gupta
Providing end-of-life care to patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and/or end-stage renal disease often presents ethical challenges to families and health care providers. However, as the conditions these patients present with are multifaceted in nature, so should be the approach when determining prognosis and treatment strategies for this patient population. Having an interdisciplinary palliative team in place to address any concerns that may arise during conversations related to end-of-life care encourages effective communication between the patient, the family and the medical team...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618112/older-patients-with-late-stage-copd-their-illness-experiences-and-involvement-in-decision-making-regarding-mechanical-ventilation-and-noninvasive-ventilation
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Heidi Jerpseth, Vegard Dahl, Per Nortvedt, Kristin Halvorsen
Older patients with late-stage COPD: their illness experiences and involvement in decision-making regarding mechanical ventilation and noninvasive ventilation AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was twofold: first, to explore the illness experiences of older patients' with late-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and second, to develop knowledge about how patients perceive their preferences to be taken into account in decision-making processes concerning mechanical ventilation and /or non-invasive ventilation...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615954/response-to-lipuma-and-demarco-s-article-on-hastening-death
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REVIEW
Julia Zenz
The paper "Palliative care and patient autonomy: moving beyond prohibitions against hastening death" by LiPuma and DeMarco deals with an aspect of end of life care which is the source of considerable disagreement. It is important to emphasize that autonomy is not the unique feature for end of life care. There is always a medical and ethical commitment to care, i.e. beneficence and nonmaleficence. All of these aspects have to be taken into account when treating patients at the very end of life. There is considerable scientific proof indicating that most patients and families can experience a death in dignity when being cared for in palliative care or hospice units...
2017: Health Services Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602377/end-of-life-care-in-the-treatment-of-heart-failure-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
John Arthur McClung
Heart failure presents unique challenges to the clinician who desires to provide excellent and humane care near the end of life. Accurate prediction of mortality in the individual patient is complicated by a chronic disease that is punctuated by recurrent acute episodes and sudden death. Health care providers continue to have difficulty communicating effectively with terminally ill patients and their caregivers regarding end-of-life care preferences, all of which needs to occur earlier rather than later. This article also discusses various means of providing palliative care, and specific issues regarding device therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and palliative sedation with concurrent discussion of the ethical ramifications and pitfalls of each...
July 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601143/psychiatric-and-palliative-care-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Stephanie M Harman
Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on patients with serious illness and their families. In the intensive care unit (ICU), palliative care encompasses core skills to support patients and their families throughout their ICU course and post-ICU stays. Psychiatric symptoms are common among patients approaching the end of life and require particular attention in the setting of sedating medications, typically used when patients require ventilators and other life-sustaining treatments. For patients with preexisting severe mental illness who have a concurrent serious medical illness, a palliative psychiatric approach can address complex symptom management and support ethical and value-based shared decision making...
July 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580748/opioid-addiction-and-misuse-in-adult-and-adolescent-patients-with-cancer
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Ross Pinkerton, Janet R Hardy
In the context of a therapeutic opioid epidemic, particularly in the USA, where increasingly stringent screening for 'at risk' individuals and close monitoring of opioid prescription and use is strongly recommended, the issue of misuse within the cancer population must be addressed. Most patients with advanced cancer will have pain requiring opioid therapy at some stage during their disease course. In the majority, this will provide good pain relief with no short- or longer-term adverse sequelae. A subset will present with substance misuse issues that will influence management and prescribing practice...
June 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557875/supporting-the-support-system-how-assessment-and-communication-can-help-patients-and-their-support-systems
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Jane Harkey, Jared Young, Jolynne Jo Carter, Michael Demoratz
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: The benefits of having a support system, such as social relationships with close friends and family, have been well documented for patients with serious health issues. As scientific evidence has shown, individuals who have the lowest level of involvement in social relationships face a greater mortality risk. Support systems, however, are not infallible. Relationship stress can have a negative impact on people-patient and caregiver alike-behaviorally, psychosocially, and physiologically...
July 2017: Professional Case Management
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