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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166210/improving-spiritual-care-in-hospitals-in-the-netherlands-what-do-health-care-chaplains-involved-in-an-action-research-study-report
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Joep van de Geer, Anja Visser, Hetty Zock, Carlo Leget, Jelle Prins, Kris Vissers
Health care chaplains participated in a multicenter trial to explore an implementation strategy for the Dutch multidisciplinary guideline for spiritual care. The intervention was concise spiritual care training for hospital staff of departments where patients in curative and palliative trajectories are treated. Data were collected in semistructured interviews with chaplains who acted as trainers, before and after the intervention. Results based on nine preintervention and eleven post-intervention interviews are presented...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165831/external-validation-of-the-ita-li-ca-prognostic-system-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-multicenter-cohort-study-hep-17-0903
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Mauro Borzio, Elena Dionigi, Angelo Rossini, Massimo Marignani, Rodolfo Sacco, Ilario De Sio, Emanuela Bertolini, Giampiero Francica, Anna Giacomin, Giancarlo Parisi, Susanna Vicari, Anna Toldi, Andrea Salmi, Sergio Boccia, Mario Mitra, Fabio Fornari
Several staging systems for HCC have been developed. BCLC is considered the best in predicting survival, although limitations have emerged. Recently the Italian-Liver-Cancer (ITA.LI.CA) prognostic system, integrating the ITA.LI.CA tumor-staging (stages 0, A, B1-3; C) with Child-Pugh score, ECOG-PST, and AFP with a strong ability to predict survival was proposed. Aim of our study was to provide an external validation of the ITA.LI.CA system in an independent real-life occidental cohort of HCCs. METHODS: From September 2008 to April 2016, 1508 cirrhotics with incident HCC were consecutively enrolled in 27 Italian institutions (EpaHCC multi-institutional cohort)...
November 22, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165794/leptomeningeal-metastasis-from-systemic-cancer-review-and-update-on-management
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REVIEW
Nancy Wang, Mia S Bertalan, Priscilla K Brastianos
Leptomeningeal metastasis is an uncommon and typically late complication of cancer with a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Diagnosis is often challenging, with nonspecific presenting symptoms ranging from headache and confusion to focal neurologic deficits, such as cranial nerve palsies. Standard diagnostic evaluation involves a neurologic examination, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and spine with gadolinium, and cytologic evaluation of the cerebral spinal fluid. Therapy entails a multimodal approach focused on palliation with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, which may be administered systemically or directly into the cerebral spinal fluid...
November 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164987/quality-of-life-for-late-life-patients-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-a-whole-person-approach-for-patients-with-chronic-illnesses
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Tetyana Shippee, Nathan Shippee, Karl Fernstrom, Patrick Mobley, Monica Frazer, Judy Jou, Heather Britt
Quality of life (QOL) for patients with serious illness in late life is important for patients and policy makers and has implications for improved care delivery. This mixed-methods evaluation examined the effectiveness of a new whole-person approach to late life care-the LifeCourse-which provides patients with ongoing, across-setting assistance from lay health care workers, supported by a clinical team. We investigated whether participation in LifeCourse improves QOL for intervention patients, compared with usual care controls...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164739/can-specially-trained-community-care-workers-effectively-support-patients-and-their-families-in-the-home-setting-at-the-end-of-life
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Roslyn G Poulos, Damian Harkin, Christopher J Poulos, Andrew Cole, Rod MacLeod
Surveys indicate that many Australians would prefer to die at home, but relatively few do. Recognising that patients and their families may not have the support they need to enable end-of-life care at home, a consortium of care providers developed, and received funding to trial, the Palliative Care Home Support Program (PCHSP) across seven health districts in New South Wales, Australia. The programme aimed to supplement end-of-life care in the home provided by existing multidisciplinary community palliative care teams, with specialist supportive community care workers (CCWs)...
November 21, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164050/colorectal-stenting-for-obstruction-due-to-retrorectal-tumor-in-a-patient-unsuitable-for-surgery
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Veysel Ersan, Ramazan Kutlu, Ceyhun Erdem, Servet Karagul, Cuneyt Kayaalp
Fund of knowledge on palliative treatment of unresectable retrorectal tumors is scare. Here, we reported a non-surgical treatment of a huge retrorectal malignant tumor in an aged and debilitated patient complicated with colorectal obstruction. An 86-year-old male with severe comorbidities was admitted with acute colorectal obstruction owing to an untreated retrorectal malign epithelial tumor. There was a lobulated retrorectal mass, 20 cm × 15 cm at largest size, extending to the superior iliac bifurcation level, caused an obstruction of the rectal lumen...
September 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163800/end-of-life-care-in-children-with-hematologic-malignancies
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Jessica I Hoell, Jens Warfsmann, Stefan Balzer, Arndt Borkhardt, Gisela Janssen, Michaela Kuhlen
Introduction: Hematologic malignancies (HM) represent the most common neoplasms in childhood. Despite improved overall survival rates, they are still a major contributor to cancer death in children. Aims: To determine the proportion of children with HM in pediatric palliative care (PPC) and to identify the clinical characteristics and symptoms in comparison to children with extracranial solid tumors (non HM patients). Patients and Methods: This study was conducted as a single-center retrospective cohort study of patients in the care of a large specialized PPC team...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162972/clinical-outcomes-of-upper-gastrointestinal-stents-and-review-of-current-literature
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Hasan Bektaş, Bünyamin Gürbulak, Yiğit Düzköylü, Şükrü Çolak, Esin Kabul Gürbulak, Ekrem Çakar, Savaş Bayrak
Background and Objectives: The self-expandable metal stent (SEMS) is an alternative for several possible surgical and palliative treatments of upper gastrointestinal obstructions that occur in several disease states. The present study was performed to describe a single-center experience with upper gastrointestinal stents. Methods: All patients at a single center who had an SEMS placed for the treatment of obstruction over a 3-year period were retrospectively evaluated...
October 2017: JSLS: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162290/reduction-of-pharmaceutical-expenditure-by-a-drug-appropriateness-intervention-in-polymedicated-elderly-subjects-in-catalonia-spain
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Lluís Campins, Mateu Serra-Prat, Elisabet Palomera, Ignasi Bolibar, Miquel Àngel Martínez, Pedro Gallo
OBJECTIVE: To assess the monetary savings resulting from a pharmacist intervention on the appropriateness of prescribed drugs in community-dwelling polymedicated (≥8 drugs) elderly people (≥70 years). METHOD: An evaluation of pharmaceutical expenditure reduction was performed within a randomised, multicentre clinical trial. The study intervention consisted of a pharmacist evaluation of all drugs prescribed to each patient using the "Good Palliative-Geriatric Practice" algorithm and the "Screening Tool of Older Persons Prescriptions/Screening Tool to Alert doctors to Right Treatment" criteria (STOPP/START)...
November 18, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162145/reducing-hospital-admissions-in-remote-australia-through-the-establishment-of-a-palliative-and-chronic-disease-respite-facility
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Timothy A Carey, Mick Arundell, Kellie Schouten, John S Humphreys, Fred Miegel, Simon Murphy, John Wakerman
BACKGROUND: There are limited respite services for palliative care patients and their families in the Northern Territory (NT). The high prevalence of complex chronic diseases, limited access to primary care services, and the poor living situations of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians result in high hospitalisation rates and pressure on tertiary health services. Palliative Care NT identified a need for a flexible, community based, culturally appropriate respite service in Alice Springs...
November 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162047/treatment-recommendations-within-the-leeway-of-clinical-guidelines-a-qualitative-interview-study-on-oncologists-clinical-deliberation
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I Otte, S Salloch, A Reinacher-Schick, J Vollmann
BACKGROUND: Recommending the optimal treatment for an individual patient requires a well-balanced consideration of various medical, social and ethical factors. The interplay of these factors, interpretation of the patient's situation and understanding of the existing clinical guidelines can lead to divergent therapy recommendations, depending on the attending physician. Gaining a better understanding of the individual process of medical decision-making and the differences occurring will support the delivery of optimal individualized care within the clinical setting...
November 21, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161926/neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-platelet-lymphocyte-ratio-neutrophil-platelet-score-and-prognostic-nutritional-index-do-they-have-prognostic-significance-in-metastatic-pancreas-cancer
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Mutlu Dogan, Efnan Algin, Zeynep Tugba Guven, Meltem Baykara, Tugba Fahriye Kos, Oznur Bal, Nurullah Zengin
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to evaluate the prognostic significance of neutrophil-lypmhocyte ratio (NLR), platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), neutrophil-platelet score (NPS) and prognostic nutritional index (PNI) as proinflammatory markers in metastatic pancreas cancer (MPC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: 146 MPC patients followed-up at our center were evaluated retrospectively for clinicopathological characteristics and hematological ratios (NLR, PLR, NPS and PNI). PNI was calculated as [10 x serum albumin (g/dL)] + [0...
November 22, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161462/the-influence-of-coping-strategies-on-subsequent-well-being-in-older-patients-with-cancer-a-comparison-with-two-control-groups
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Abdelbari Baitar, Frank Buntinx, Tine De Burghgraeve, Laura Deckx, Dirk Schrijvers, Hans Wildiers, Marjan van den Akker
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate dispositional coping strategies as predictors for changes in well-being after one year in older patients with cancer (OCP) and two control groups. METHODS: OCP were compared with two control groups: middle-aged patients with cancer (MCP) (ageing effect) and older patients without cancer (ONC) (cancer effect). Patients were interviewed shortly after a cancer diagnosis and one year later. Dispositional coping was measured with the Short Utrecht Coping List...
November 21, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160938/-knitting-through-the-mesh-novel-single-channel-troubleshooter-technique-for-dilation-assisted-transstricture-retrieval-of-a-migrated-gastroduodenal-stent
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Vincent Zimmer
Gastroduodenal stenting using self-expandable metallic stents (SEMSs) represents a viable endoscopic option for palliative treatment of gastric outlet obstruction (GOO), less invasive relative to surgical and/or endoscopic ultrasound-guided gastroenterostomy (EUS-GE). Nevertheless, high rates of stent dysfunction remain a significant Achilles' heel of the procedure. Endoscopic removal of a distally migrated gastroduodenal stent remains challenging with single-channel techniques, calling for individually tailored solutions vis-à-vis the inevitable upstream stricture...
November 21, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160381/quality-of-communication-questionnaire-for-copd-patients-receiving-palliative-care-translation-and-cross-cultural-adaptation-for-use-in-brazil
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Flávia Del Castanhel, Suely Grosseman
OBJECTIVE: To translate the Quality of Communication Questionnaire (QOC) to Portuguese and adapt it for use in Brazil in COPD patients receiving palliative care. METHODS: After approval from the first author of the original QOC and the local research ethics committee, the original, 13-item version of the questionnaire was independently translated to Brazilian Portuguese by two Brazilian translators fluent in English. The two translations were analyzed by a bilingual physician and the two Brazilian translators, who reached a consensus and produced another Portuguese version of the QOC...
September 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159750/general-health-related-quality-of-life-scores-from-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-patients-obtained-throughout-the-first-year-following-diagnosis-predicted-up-to-10-year-overall-survival
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Hans Jørgen Aarstad, Arild Andrè Østhus, Helene Hersvik Aarstad, Stein Lybak, Anne Kari Hersvik Aarstad
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the 5- and 10-year survival prediction of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) scores obtained at diagnosis and at 6, 9 and 12 months after diagnosis in a cohort of curable head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HNSCC patients (n = 109) reported their HRQoL measured by the EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ) general (C30) questionnaire. At diagnosis, the included patients were below 78 years of age and at diagnosis planned treated with curative intent...
November 20, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159708/mainstreaming-genetics-in-palliative-care-barriers-and-suggestions-for-clinical-genetic-services
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A Dearing, N Taverner
Palliative healthcare professionals (PHCPs) frequently do not refer their eligible patients for genetic testing. After the death of the affected individual, clinically relevant information for family members is lost. In previous research, PHCPs stated that the end-of-life setting is not appropriate to discuss genetic issues. It is unclear if this has changed due to increasing awareness of genetics in the media and efforts to mainstream genetic testing. Semi-structured interviews of PHCPs were analysed by thematic analysis...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159488/inter-rater-reliability-of-stoppfrail-screening-tool-of-older-persons-prescriptions-in-frail-adults-with-limited-life-expectancy-criteria-amongst-12-physicians
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Amanda Hanora Lavan, Paul Gallagher, Denis O'Mahony
PURPOSE: STOPPFrail is an explicit tool, developed by Delphi consensus, to assist physicians with deprescribing medications in frail older adults with poor survival prognosis. This study aimed to determine the inter-rater reliability (IRR), amongst physicians, of STOPPFrail application. METHODS: Twenty clinical cases were collated to represent frail older patients. Eighteen cases met STOPPFrail inclusion criteria. They had a mean age of 79.5 (SD6) years and a median of 7 (IQR6-8...
November 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159371/care-planning-for-inpatients-referred-for-palliative-care-consultation
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Kara Bischoff, David L O'Riordan, Angela K Marks, Rebecca Sudore, Steven Z Pantilat
Importance: Care planning is a critical function of palliative care teams, but the impact of advance care planning and goals of care discussions by palliative care teams has not been well characterized. Objective: To describe the population of patients referred to inpatient palliative care consultation teams for care planning, the needs identified by palliative care clinicians, the care planning activities that occur, and the results of these activities. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a prospective cohort study conducted between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2016...
November 20, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159368/palliative-care-eligibility-symptom-burden-and-quality-of-life-ratings-in-nursing-home-residents
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Caroline E Stephens, Lauren J Hunt, Nhat Bui, Elizabeth Halifax, Christine S Ritchie, Sei J Lee
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November 20, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
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