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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911489/palliative-care-interventions-in-advanced-dementia
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Edel Murphy, Katherine Froggatt, Sheelah Connolly, Eamon O'Shea, Elizabeth L Sampson, Dympna Casey, Declan Devane
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disease. Advanced dementia is characterised by profound cognitive impairment, inability to communicate verbally and complete functional dependence. Usual care of people with advanced dementia is not underpinned universally by a palliative approach. Palliative care has focused traditionally on care of people with cancer but for more than a decade, there have been increased calls worldwide to extend palliative care services to include all people with life-limiting illnesses in need of specialist care, including people with dementia...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911381/a-novel-approach-for-the-administration-of-medications-and-fluids-in-emergency-scenarios-and-settings
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Akilesh Honasoge, Neal Lyons, Kathleen Hesse, Braden Parker, Robert Mokszycki, Kelly Wesselhoff, Rolla Sweis, Erik B Kulstad
The available routes of administration commonly used for medications and fluids in the acute care setting are generally limited to oral, intravenous, or intraosseous routes, but in many patients, particularly in the emergency or critical care settings, these routes are often unavailable or time-consuming to access. A novel device is now available that offers an easy route for administration of medications or fluids via rectal mucosal absorption (also referred to as proctoclysis in the case of fluid administration and subsequent absorption)...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910190/the-transplant-palliative-care-clinic-an-early-palliative-care-model-for-patients-in-a-transplant-program
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Kirsten Wentlandt, Angela Dall'Osto, Nicole Freeman, Lisa W Le, Ebru Kaya, Heather Ross, Lianne G Singer, Susan Abbey, Hance Clarke, Camilla Zimmermann
Although patients within a transplant program are awaiting or have received disease modifying or curative treatment, they are also facing advanced illness and the possibility of death. The involvement of specialized palliative care services for these patients may improve symptom management and facilitate advance care planning. However, patients in organ transplantation programs have difficulty accessing palliative care resources and often do so only sporadically in the inpatient setting. Currently, there is little access to ambulatory palliative care for these patients and there have been no descriptions of programs delivering such care in the medical literature...
December 2016: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909173/the-role-of-psychedelics-in-palliative-care-reconsidered-a-case-for-psilocybin
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Benjamin Kelmendi, Philip Corlett, Mohini Ranganathan, Cyril D'Souza, John H Krystal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908943/planning-for-deactivation-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-at-the-end-of-life-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Destiny R Brady
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) may be burdensome in end-stage heart failure. At the end of life, as many as one-fifth to one-third of patients experience an ICD shock. Critical care nurses should be aware of the potential burden of these shocks at the end of life as well as the ethics and organizational policies surrounding ICD deactivation. This literature review examines the issues surrounding ICD therapy at the end of life. Based on this author's findings, recommendations for discussing and implementing ICD deactivation are offered...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908501/prospective-evaluation-of-surgical-palliative-care-immersion-training-for-general-surgery-residents
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Mustafa Raoof, Lisa O'Neill, Leigh Neumayer, Mindy Fain, Robert Krouse
BACKGROUND: Palliative care competencies in surgical training are recognized to improve the care of surgical patients with advanced or life-threatening illnesses. Formal programs to teach these competencies are lacking. The study aims to assess the feasibility and utility of a unique surgical palliative care immersion training program. STUDY DESIGN: A half-day Surgical Palliative Care Immersion Training (SPCIT) was developed using the American College of Surgeon's manual titled "Surgical Palliative Care: A Resident's Guide" as a framework...
November 27, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907968/palliative-care-practice-in-neurocritical-care
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Andrea K Knies, David Y Hwang
Many neurocritically ill patients and their families have high amounts of palliative care needs. Multiple professional societies relevant to neurocritical care have released consensus statements on meeting palliative care needs in neuroscience intensive care units. In this review, the authors discuss the ongoing debate regarding what model of palliative care delivery is optimal, focus on the process of shared decision making during goals-of-care discussions, and briefly comment on transitions from intensive care to comfort care...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906552/social-work-involvement-in-advance-care-planning-findings-from-a-large-survey-of-social-workers-in-hospice-and-palliative-care-settings
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Gary L Stein, John G Cagle, Grace H Christ
BACKGROUND: Few data are available describing the involvement and activities of social workers in advance care planning (ACP). OBJECTIVE: We sought to provide data about (1) social worker involvement and leadership in ACP conversations with patients and families; and (2) the extent of functions and activities when these discussions occur. METHODS: We conducted a large web-based survey of social workers employed in hospice, palliative care, and related settings to explore their role, participation, and self-rated competency in facilitating ACP discussions...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903774/-they-shouldn-t-be-coming-to-the-ed-should-they-a-descriptive-service-evaluation-of-why-patients-with-palliative-care-needs-present-to-the-emergency-department
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Emilie Green, Sarah Ward, Will Brierley, Ben Riley, Henna Sattar, Tim Harris
BACKGROUND: Patients with palliative care needs frequently attend the emergency department (ED). There is no international agreement on which patients are best cared for in the ED, compared to the primary care setting or direct admission to the hospital. This article presents the quantitative phase of a mixed-methods service evaluation, exploring the reasons why patients with palliative care needs present to the ED. METHODS: This is a single-center, observational study including all patients under the care of a specialist palliative care team who presented to the ED over a 10-week period...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903668/malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-an-update-on-investigation-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Anna C Bibby, Selina Tsim, Nikolaos Kanellakis, Hannah Ball, Denis C Talbot, Kevin G Blyth, Nick A Maskell, Ioannis Psallidas
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy of the pleural surface, predominantly caused by prior asbestos exposure. There is a global epidemic of malignant pleural mesothelioma underway, and incidence rates are predicted to peak in the next few years.This article summarises the epidemiology and pathogenesis of malignant pleural mesothelioma, before describing some key factors in the patient experience and outlining common symptoms. Diagnostic approaches are reviewed, including imaging techniques and the role of various biomarkers...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902826/association-of-a-frailty-screening-initiative-with-postoperative-survival-at-30-180-and-365-days
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Daniel E Hall, Shipra Arya, Kendra K Schmid, Mark A Carlson, Pierre Lavedan, Travis L Bailey, Georgia Purviance, Tammy Bockman, Thomas G Lynch, Jason M Johanning
Importance: As the US population ages, the number of operations performed on elderly patients will likely increase. Frailty predicts postoperative mortality and morbidity more than age alone, thus presenting opportunities to identify the highest-risk surgical patients and improve their outcomes. Objective: To examine the effect of the Frailty Screening Initiative (FSI) on mortality and complications by comparing the surgical outcomes of a cohort of surgical patients treated before and after implementation of the FSI...
November 30, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901408/four-steps-to-eliminate-or-reduce-pain-in-children-caused-by-needles-part-1
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Stefan J Friedrichsdorf
Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf* speaks to Jade Parker, Commissioning Editor: Stefan J Friedrichsdorf, MD, is medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St Paul, MN, USA, home to one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country. The interdisciplinary pain team is devoted to prevent and treat acute, procedural, neuropathic, psycho-social-spiritual, visceral, and chronic/complex pain for all inpatients and outpatients in close collaboration with all pediatric subspecialties at Children's Minnesota...
November 30, 2016: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900726/survey-on-german-palliative-care-specialists-experiences-with-advance-directives
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Julia Zenz, Michael Zenz
INTRODUCTION: Advance directives (AD) play a central role in end-of-life treatments, intensive care, and palliative care. However, little is known about the experiences of healthcare professionals with ADs. This study reports on palliative care professionals' views on advance directives (AD). METHODS: A questionnaire was handed out to attendants of a palliative care symposium. RESULTS: Complete answers were obtained from 126 physicians and 276 nurses...
November 29, 2016: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900548/predictors-of-response-to-corticosteroids-for-dyspnea-in-advanced-cancer-patients-a-preliminary-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Masanori Mori, Akemi Naito Shirado, Tatsuya Morita, Kenichiro Okamoto, Yoshinobu Matsuda, Yoshihisa Matsumoto, Hirohide Yamada, Hiroki Sakurai, Etsuko Aruga, Keisuke Kaneishi, Hiroaki Watanabe, Takashi Yamaguchi, Takuya Odagiri, Shuji Hiramoto, Hiroyuki Kohara, Naoki Matsuo, Hideki Katayama, Tomohiro Nishi, Takashi Matsui, Satoru Iwase
PURPOSE: Although corticosteroids can relieve dyspnea in advanced cancer patients, factors predicting the response remain unknown. We aimed to explore potential factors predicting the response to corticosteroids for dyspnea in advanced cancer patients. METHODS: In this preliminary multicenter prospective observational study, we included patients who had metastatic or locally advanced cancer, were receiving specialized palliative care services, and had a dyspnea intensity of ≥3 on a 0-10 Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) (worst during the last 24 h)...
November 29, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900547/estimating-prevalence-of-functional-iron-deficiency-anaemia-in-advanced-cancer
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Karen Neoh, Simon Stanworth, Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Michael I Bennett
PURPOSE: Anaemia is a common complication of cancer causing symptoms including fatigue. It is also associated with shorter survival. Cancer causes systemic inflammation which interrupts iron metabolism leading to a functional iron deficiency (FID). There are few data on prevalence or aetiology of anaemia in those with advanced cancer. We aimed to establish the prevalence of anaemia and estimate extent of FID anaemia in patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: All patients with advanced cancer referred to two UK specialist palliative care services over 1 year were identified...
November 29, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899400/study-protocol-a-phase-iii-randomised-double-blind-parallel-arm-stratified-block-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial-investigating-the-clinical-effect-and-cost-effectiveness-of-sertraline-for-the-palliative-relief-of-breathlessness-in-people-with-chronic-breathlessness
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Gareth J Watts, Katherine Clark, Meera Agar, Patricia M Davidson, Christine McDonald, Lawrence T Lam, Dimitar Sajkov, Nicola McCaffrey, Matthew Doogue, Amy P Abernethy, David C Currow
INTRODUCTION: Breathlessness remains a highly prevalent and distressing symptom for many patients with progressive life-limiting illnesses. Evidence-based interventions for chronic breathlessness are limited, and there is an ongoing need for high-quality research into developing management strategies for optimal palliation of this complex symptom. Previous studies have suggested that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as sertraline may have a role in reducing breathlessness...
November 29, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898288/prospective-validation-of-objective-prognostic-score-for-advanced-cancer-inpatients-in-south-korea-a-multicenter-study
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Seok Joon Yoon, Sang-Yeon Suh, Yong Joo Lee, Jeanno Park, Sunwook Hwang, Sanghee Shiny Lee, Hong Yup Ahn, Su-Jin Koh, Keon Uk Park
BACKGROUND: Objective Prognostic Score (OPS) was developed as an easy and simple prognosticating tool in South Korea. It has been validated retrospectively in a single center in South Korea. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to validate the OPS prospectively for advanced cancer inpatients in South Korea using a multicenter study. DESIGN: This was a prospective cohort study. SETTING/SUBJECTS: We enrolled 243 advanced cancer patients admitted in five palliative care units in South Korea from May 2013 till March 2015...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898287/international-association-for-hospice-and-palliative-care-position-statement-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide
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Liliana De Lima, Roger Woodruff, Katherine Pettus, Julia Downing, Rosa Buitrago, Esther Munyoro, Chitra Venkateswaran, Sushma Bhatnagar, Lukas Radbruch
BACKGROUND: Reports about regulations and laws on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) are becoming increasingly common in the media. Many groups have expressed opposition to euthanasia and PAS while those in favor argue that severely chronically ill and debilitated patients have a right to control the timing and manner of their death. Others argue that both PAS and euthanasia are ethically legitimate in rare and exceptional cases. Given that these discussions as well as the new and proposed laws and regulations may have a powerful impact on patients, caregivers, and health care providers, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has prepared this statement...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898260/inpatient-palliative-care-for-neurological-disorders-lessons-from-a-large-retrospective-series
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Ying Liu, Danielle Kline, Shanae Aerts, Jeanie M Youngwerth, Jean S Kutner, Stefan Sillau, Benzi M Kluger
BACKGROUND: Patients with neurological disorders are the second most common patient population to receive inpatient palliative care services after cancer; however, there have been few reports describing the characteristics and needs of this population. OBJECTIVE: To understand which patients with neurological diagnoses utilized these services, reasons for consultation, and whether patterns of use changed over time. DESIGN: Retrospective case series...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898147/existentiell-kris-i-livets-slutskede-f%C3%A3-rst%C3%A3-rker-de-fysiska-symtomen-minskad-%C3%A3-ngest-och-k%C3%A3-nsla-av-gemenskap-kan-minska-upplevelsen-av-sm%C3%A3-rta
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Peter Strang
Existential anxiety might reinforce bodily symptoms All crises have existential elements, but the crisis will transform to a predominantly existential crisis, when the dying person is no longer shielded from stressful thoughts about death, meaninglessness, existential loneliness and unsolved guilt issues. The suffering is not merely on an existential level, as the connection between body and mind is strong and existential anxiety might reinforce bodily symptoms, e.g. pain. In this article, the influence of death anxiety and loneliness is discussed in relation to pain treatment in palliative care...
November 22, 2016: Läkartidningen
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