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Kathryn Cappell, Vandana Sundaram, Annie Park, Parveen Shiraz, Ridhi Gupta, Patricia Jenkins, Vyjeyanthi S J Periyakoil, Lori Muffly
Background Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, making advance care planning (ACP) and management especially important in this patient population. A paucity of data exists on the utilization of ACP amongst allogeneic HCT recipients, and the relationship between ACP and intensity of health care utilization in these patients. Methods We performed a retrospective review of patients receiving allogeneic HCT at our institution from 2008 to 2015 who had subsequently died following HCT...
January 22, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Krista L Haines, Hee Soo Jung, Tiffany Zens, Scott Turner, Charles Warner-Hillard, Suresh Agarwal
INTRODUCTION: End-of-life and palliative care are important aspects of trauma care and are not well defined. This analysis evaluates the racial and socioeconomic disparities in terms of utilization of hospice services for critically ill trauma patients. METHODS: Trauma patients ≥15 years old from 2012 to 2015 were queried from the National Trauma Databank. Chi-square and multivariate logistic regression analyses for disposition to hospice were performed after controlling for age, gender, comorbidities, injury severity, insurance, race, and ethnicity...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Eliakunda Mafie, Fatema Hashem Rupa, Ai Takano, Kazuo Suzuki, Ken Maeda, Hiroshi Sato
Chiropteran mammals worldwide harbour trypanosomes (Euglenozoa: Kinetoplastea: Trypanosomatida) of the subgenus 'Schizotrypanum' in the classical sense. Latterly, these trypanosomes have been referred to as members of the 'Trypanosoma cruzi clade' as their phylogenetic relationships, structure and life cycle conform to T. cruzi, parasitising various terrestrial mammals as well as humans in Latin America. Little is known, however, about the trypanosome species in Asian bats. During a survey on Borrelia spp. in the Eastern bent-winged bat (Miniopterus fuliginosus) living in a cave in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, incidental proliferation of trypanosomes was detected in two of 94 haemocultures...
January 15, 2018: Parasitology Research
Jacek Dutkiewicz, Jacek Sroka, Violetta Zając, Bernard Wasiński, Ewa Cisak, Anna Sawczyn, Anna Kloc, Angelina Wójcik-Fatla
<i>Streptococcus suis</i> (ex Elliot 1966, Kilpper-Bälz & Schleifer 1987) is a facultatively anaerobic Gram-positive ovoid or coccal bacterium surrounded by a polysaccharide capsule. Based on the antigenic diversity of the capsule, <i>S. suis</i> strains are classified serologically into 35 serotypes. <i>Streptococcus suis</i> is a commensal of pigs, commonly colonizing their tonsils and nasal cavities, mostly in weaning piglets between 4-10 weeks of age. This species occurs also in cattle and other mammals, in birds and in humans...
December 23, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Stephanie A Brown, Freya C Tyrer, Amy L Clarke, Laetitia H Lloyd-Davies, Andrew G Stein, Carolyn Tarrant, James O Burton, Alice C Smith
Background: Although evidence shows that patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) experience a high symptom burden which impacts on quality of life (QoL), less is known about patients with earlier stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study aimed to explore symptom burden and potential contributing factors in patients with CKD Stage 1-5 not requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT). Methods: Patients with CKD Stage 1-5 and not on RRT were asked to report their symptoms using the Leicester Uraemic Symptom Score (LUSS), a questionnaire which assesses the frequency and intrusiveness of 11 symptoms commonly reported by kidney patients...
December 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
Hsiu-Li Huang, Li-Chueh Weng, WeWen-Yu Hu, Yea-Ing Lotus Shyu, Wen-Pin Yu, Kang-Hua Chen
BACKGROUND: Healthcare professionals play an important role in end-of-life care decisions. Although the factors affecting end-of-life care in long-term care facilities have been well studied in Western contexts, few studies have examined factors affecting end-of-life care discussions for residents with dementia among multidisciplinary professionals in Asian or Taiwanese contexts. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to explore the factors related to the end-of-life care discussions of registered nurses, social workers, and physicians with residents with dementia and their families...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
Merryn Gott, Joanna Broad, Xian Zhang, Lene Jarlbaek, David Clark
OBJECTIVES: (1) To establish the likelihood of dying within 12 months for a cohort of hospital inpatients in New Zealand (NZ) on a fixed census date; (2) to identify associations between likelihood of death and key sociodemographic, diagnostic and service-related factors and (3) to compare results with, and extend findings of, a Scottish study undertaken for the same time period and census date. National databases of hospitalisations and death registrations were used, linked by unique health identifier...
December 6, 2017: BMJ Open
Melissa A Jim, Paulo S Pinheiro, Helena Carreira, David K Espey, Charles L Wiggins, Hannah K Weir
BACKGROUND: Stomach cancer was a leading cause of cancer-related deaths early in the 20th century and has steadily declined over the last century in the United States. Although incidence and death rates are now low, stomach cancer remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality in black, Asian and Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native populations. METHODS: Data from the CONCORD-2 study were used to analyze stomach cancer survival among males and females aged 15 to 99 years who were diagnosed in 37 states covering 80% of the US population...
December 15, 2017: Cancer
Andy Hau Yan Ho, Josip Car, Moon-Ho Ringo Ho, Geraldine Tan-Ho, Ping Ying Choo, Paul Victor Patinadan, Poh Heng Chong, Wah Ying Ong, Gilbert Fan, Yee Pin Tan, Robert A Neimeyer, Harvey M Chochinov
BACKGROUND: The lack of a holistic approach to palliative care can lead to a fractured sense of dignity at the end of life, resulting in depression, hopelessness, feelings of being a burden to others, and the loss of the will to live among terminally ill patients. Building on the clinical foundation of Dignity Therapy, together with the empirical understanding of dignity-related concerns of Asian families facing terminal illness, a novel Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) has been developed for Asian palliative care...
December 4, 2017: Trials
Zobair M Younossi, Maria Stepanova, Linda Henry, Kwang-Hyub Han, Sang Hoon Ahn, Young-Suk Lim, Wan-Long Chuang, Jia-Horng Kao, Nguyen Kinh, Ching Lung Lai, Man-Fung Yuen, Henry Lik-Yuen Chan, Wei Lai
BACKGROUND: Interferon (IFN)-based regimens cause significant impairment of health-related quality of life (HRQL). Hepatitis C virus (HCV) cure with IFN-free regimens improves HRQL. The effect of these regimens on HRQL in East Asian HCV patients is unclear due to lack of published evidence. AIM: To assess HRQL in East Asian HCV patients treated with an IFN-free regimen with sofosbuvir+ribavirin. METHODS: Patients completed Short Form-36 (SF-36) before, during and after treatment...
December 2, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Eric A Finkelstein, Semra Ozdemir, Chetna Malhotra, Tazeen H Jafar, Hui Lin Choong, Johnny Suhardjono
Introduction: For elderly end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients with multiple comorbidities, dialysis may offer little survival benefit compared to conservative management (CM). Yet, many elderly ESRD patients undergo dialysis, partly due to physicians' recommendations regarding treatment choice. This study aims to elucidate the factors that influence these recommendations. Methods: We surveyed a convenience sample of physicians who attended the 9th Asian Forum of Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative conference...
March 2017: KI Reports
Ji Eun Lee, Dong Wook Shin, Ki Young Son, Hyun Jung Park, Jae-Young Lim, Mi Soon Song, Yeon-Hwan Park, BeLong Cho
AIM: We aimed to determine the factors influencing attitudes toward advance directives in Korean older adults with consideration of an Asian cultural background. METHODS: We recruited community-dwelling older adults aged 60 years or older at a regional senior welfare center in Korea. Demographic factors and mental and physical health status were examined using questionnaires and a physical examination. The questionnaire also assessed perceived necessity of advance directives and related experiences...
January 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Navin R Changoor, Nidhi R Udyavar, Megan A Morris, Maya Torain, John T Mullen, Tara S Kent, Douglas S Smink, Alexander Green, Adil H Haider
OBJECTIVE: We sought to understand the experiences of surgical residents and faculty with treating culturally diverse patients, and identify recommendations for establishing and implementing structured cultural competency training. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Cultural competency training for medical professionals could reduce healthcare disparities, yet is currently not a standard part of surgical residency training. Few studies have explored the perspectives of surgical residents and faculty on the skills needed to provide cross-cultural care...
October 31, 2017: Annals of Surgery
Yu-Shin Hung, Shu-Hui Lee, Chia-Yen Hung, Chao-Hui Wang, Chen-Yi Kao, Hung-Ming Wang, Wen-Chi Chou
BACKGROUND: Withdrawal of mechanical ventilation is an important, but rarely explored issue in Asia during end-of-life care. This study aimed to describe the clinical characteristics and survival outcomes of terminally ill patients undergoing withdrawal of mechanical ventilation in Taiwan. METHODS: One-hundred-thirty-five terminally ill patients who had mechanical ventilation withdrawn between 2013 and 2016, from a medical center in Taiwan, were enrolled. Patients' clinical characteristics and survival outcomes after withdrawal of mechanical ventilation were analyzed...
October 11, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Andrea Fabiani, Emanuele Principi, Alessandra Filosa, Lucilla Servi
Dear Editors,We read with interest the article by Di Franco and co-workers (1). The introduction of prostatic magnetic resonance and the relative fusion-biopsy have not yet allowed the expected improvements in prostate biopsy. To our knowledge, there are no works that demonstrate the superiority of fusion techniques on the remaining ultrasound guided prostate biopsies that are still the widely used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. Furthemore, these technologies are expensive exams and they are not yet available in all centers, especially in those minors...
October 3, 2017: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
A Molassiotis, P Yates, Q Li, W K W So, K Pongthavornkamol, P Pittayapan, H Komatsu, M Thandar, M-S Li, S Titus Chacko, V Lopez, J Butcon, D Wyld, R J Chan
Background: To assess the supportive care needs, quality of life (QoL) and symptoms of patients with cancer after the end of first-line treatments and into survivorship in Asian countries using Australian data as benchmark. Patients and methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out in Australia and eight high-income (HICs) and low-/middle-income (LMICs) Asian countries (China, Japan, Hong Kong SAR, South Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Philippines) using validated scales (Cancer Survivors Unmet Needs scale), physical-symptom concerns (Cancer Survivors Survey of Needs subscale) and a single-item measure of global QoL perception...
October 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Munikumar Ramasamy Venkatasalu
AIM: To investigate older British South Asians' views on dying at acute hospitals. BACKGROUND: Older people, including those from ethnic minorities prefer 'home as a haven' for their last days of life; however, they are more likely to die in hospital. METHODS: Constructive grounded theory was used as a methodological approach that informed data collection to data analysis. Open meetings with 11 local South Asian community organisations enabled the researchers to recruit a total of 55 older South Asians in this study...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Hiroji Iwata, Seock-Ah Im, Norikazu Masuda, Young-Hyuck Im, Kenichi Inoue, Yoshiaki Rai, Rikiya Nakamura, Jee Hyun Kim, Justin T Hoffman, Ke Zhang, Carla Giorgetti, Shrividya Iyer, Patrick T Schnell, Cynthia Huang Bartlett, Jungsil Ro
PURPOSE: To assess efficacy and safety of palbociclib plus fulvestrant in Asians with endocrine therapy-resistant metastatic breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The Palbociclib Ongoing Trials in the Management of Breast Cancer 3 (PALOMA-3) trial, a double-blind phase III study, included 521 patients with hormone receptor-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative metastatic breast cancer with disease progression on endocrine therapy. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) were assessed on study treatment and at the end of treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
Kiran Shah
INTRODUCTION: Teneligliptin is a recently developed Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitor. Teneligliptin is suitable for glycaemic control with renal impairment including end stage renal disease. AIM: To assess the efficacy and safety of teneligliptin in Asian Indian patients of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) with early Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a single centre, retrospective analysis of patients with early DKD, who received teneligliptin 20 mg once daily for 24 weeks...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Kavita Radhakrishnan, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, Regina Jillapalli, Shubhada Saxena, Miyong T Kim
OBJECTIVE: Advance care planning (ACP) allows individuals to express their preferences for medical treatment in the event that they become incapable of making their own decisions. This study assessed the efficacy of a conversation game intervention for increasing South Asian Indian Americans' (SAIAs') engagement in ACP behaviors as well as the game's acceptability and cultural appropriateness among SAIAs. DESIGN: Eligible community-dwelling SAIAs were recruited at SAIA cultural events held in central Texas during the summer of 2016...
July 27, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
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