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Hospice and palliative care

Andrea A Martoni, Elena Strocchi
INTRODUCTION: The ANT Foundation is one of the main non-profit organizations providing palliative care in Italy. For more than 30 years, it has developed a comprehensive home palliative care program for cancer patients predominately active in the Bologna province. One of its main achievements has allowed for the majority of patients to be assisted at home during the last weeks of their lives until time of death. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the possible impact of the ANT program on health data relating to the location of where cancer patients die within the Local Health Care system area (AUSL) of Bologna, compared to what happens in the other AUSLs of the Emilia-Romagna Region (ERR) where it is not present...
March 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Irena Závadová
In the Czech Republic, around 70 % of deceased people die in hospital settings every year. On the other hand, surveys showed that almost 78% Czech wish to die at home. General practitioners take care of most of dying at their homes. Unfortunately, hours of attendance and visiting hours are not always sufficient when complications develop and health status rapidly deteriorates and the goal is to die at home. Significant proportion of patients is then transferred to acute hospital settings and lots of them dies there during so called terminal hospitalization...
2018: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
Jindřich Polívka
Palliative care is focused on enhancing quality of life for seriously ill. Hospice care is a comprehensive care provided by an interdisciplinary team for patients whose diseases cannot be cured and are approaching the end of life. To be eligible for admission to hospice care is required to be terminally ill with a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Currently, hospices are the main providers of specialized palliative care in the Czech Republic. This article is focused on the current state of palliative care and specifically on hospice care in the Czech Republic...
2018: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
Chang Hyun Lee, Jong Kyu Kim, Hyun Jung Jun, Duk-Joo Lee, Wook Namkoong, Jae Ho Oh
Objective: To evaluate the compliance and satisfaction of rehabilitation recommendations for advanced cancer patients hospitalized in the palliative care unit. Methods: Advanced cancer patients admitted to a hospice palliative care unit were recruited. Patients with advanced cancer and a life expectancy of less than 6 months, as assumed by the oncologist were included. Patients who were expected to die within 3 days were excluded. ECOG and Karnofsky performance scales, function ambulatory category, level of ambulation, and survival days were evaluated under the perspective of comprehensive rehabilitation...
February 2018: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
Lindsay Bonsignore, Nicholas Bloom, Karen Steinhauser, Reginald Nichols, Todd Allen, Martha Twaddle, Janet Bull
CONTEXT: The impact of telehealth and remote patient monitoring have not been well established in palliative care populations in rural communities. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to 1) Describe a telehealth palliative care program using the TapCloud remote patient monitoring application and videoconferencing, 2) Evaluate the feasibility, usability, and acceptability of a telehealth system in palliative care, and 3) Use a quality data assessment collection tool (QDACT) in addition to TapCloud ratings of symptom burden and hospice transitions...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Ping Guo, Mendwas Dzingina, Alice M Firth, Joanna M Davies, Abdel Douiri, Suzanne M O'Brien, Cathryn Pinto, Sophie Pask, Irene J Higginson, Kathy Eagar, Fliss E M Murtagh
INTRODUCTION: Provision of palliative care is inequitable with wide variations across conditions and settings in the UK. Lack of a standard way to classify by case complexity is one of the principle obstacles to addressing this. We aim to develop and validate a casemix classification to support the prediction of costs of specialist palliative care provision. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Phase I: A cohort study to determine the variables and potential classes to be included in a casemix classification...
March 17, 2018: BMJ Open
Augusto Caraceni, Raffaella Speranza, Elio Spoldi, Cristina Sonia Ambroset, Stefano Canestrari, Mauro Marinari, Anna Maria Marzi, Luciano Orsi, Laura Piva, Mirta Rocchi, Danila Valenti, Gianluigi Zeppetella, Furio Zucco, Alessandra Raimondi, Leonor Vasconcelos Matos, Cinzia Brunelli
CONTEXT: Few studies regarding palliative sedation (PS) have been carried out in home care (HC) setting. A comparison of PS rate and practices between hospice (HS) and HC is also lacking. OBJECTIVES: Comparing HC and HS settings for PS rate, patient clinical characteristics before and during PS, decision-making process and clinical aspects of PS. METHODS: 38 HC/HS services in Italy participated in a multicenter observational longitudinal study...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Shane Sinclair, Thomas F Hack, Shelley Raffin-Bouchal, Susan McClement, Kelli Stajduhar, Pavneet Singh, Neil A Hagen, Aynharan Sinnarajah, Harvey Max Chochinov
BACKGROUND: Healthcare providers are considered the primary conduit of compassion in healthcare. Although most healthcare providers desire to provide compassion, and patients and families expect to receive it, an evidence-based understanding of the construct and its associated dimensions from the perspective of healthcare providers is needed. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate healthcare providers' perspectives and experiences of compassion in order to generate an empirically derived, clinically informed model...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Stephanie Stiel, Mareike Nurnus, Christoph Ostgathe, Carsten Klein
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice of Palliative Sedation (PS) varies between institutions worldwide and sometimes includes problematic practices. Little available research points at different definitions and frameworks which may contribute to uncertainty of healthcare professionals in the application of PS. This analysis investigates what demographic factors and characteristics of treatment practices differ between institutions with high versus low sedation rates estimates in Palliative and Hospice Care in Germany...
March 13, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
Kristi Soileau, Nanette Elster
The hospice philosophy embraces palliative care for the terminally ill, for whom quality of life is the central focus of comfort care management. Often, caregivers hesitate or simply do not elect to extend oral care for patients nearing the end of life, due to difficulties encountered in patient compliance, a sense of futility in doing so, staff time constraints in prioritizing care, underfunding, or a lack of education as to how and why such care should be delivered to the hospice patient. This article aims to show physiological and psychosocial reasons why the hospice patient has a need for properly and regularly implemented oral care and why dental professionals have an ethical responsibility to address the current void that exists in hospice-centered oral care...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Palliative Care
Ewa Zabrocka, Marek Z Wojtukiewicz, Ewa Sierko
Advanced cancer patients in hospice are at notably increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to age, local and distal advancement of the malignancy and bed confinement, among other factors. Asymptomatic VTE prevalence among palliative care patients has been found to reach 50%, whereas the clinically overt form occurs in 10%. Hospice patients are frequently given medications increasing VTE risk, for instance megestrol which is a drug commonly used in cancer cachexia. Many of the available guidelines encourage the implementation of thromboprophylaxis (TPX) in cancer patients, e...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Youngin Lee, Seung Hun Lee, Yun Jin Kim, Sang Yeoup Lee, Jeong Gyu Lee, Dong Wook Jeong, Yu Hyeon Yi, Young Jin Tak, Hye Rim Hwang, Mieun Gwon
BACKGROUND: This study investigates the effects of a new medical insurance payment system for hospice patients in palliative care programs and analyzes length of survival (LoS) determinants. METHOD: At the Pusan National University Hospital hospice center, between January 2015 and April 2016, 276 patients were hospitalized with several diagnosed types of terminal stage cancer. This study separated patients into two groups, "old" and "new," by admission date, considering the new system has been applied from July 15, 2015...
March 7, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
Winnie Y Zou, Hashem B El-Serag, Yvonne H Sada, Sarah L Temple, Shubhada Sansgiry, Fasiha Kanwal, Jessica A Davila
BACKGROUND: Hospice provides integrative palliative care for advance-staged hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients, but hospice utilization in HCC patients in the USA is not clearly understood. AIMS: We examined hospice use and subsequent clinical course in advance-staged HCC patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study on a national, Veterans Affairs cohort with stage C or D HCC. We evaluated demographics, clinical factors, treatment, and clinical course in relation to hospice use...
March 5, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Sivakumar Subramaniam, Pauline Dand, Martin Ridout, Declan Cawley, Sophie Miller, Paola Valli, Rebecca Bright, Brendan O'Neill, Tricia Wilcocks, Georgina Parker, Dee Harris
OBJECTIVES: In palliative care settings, predicting prognosis is important for patients and clinicians. The Palliative Prognostic Index (PPI), a prognostic tool calculated using clinical indices alone has been validated within cancer population. This study was to further test the discriminatory ability of the PPI (ie, its ability to determine whether a subject will live more or less than a certain amount of time) in a larger sample but with a palliative care context and to compare predictions at two different points in time...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
R Xia, D H Wang
With the improvement of diagnosis and treatment, tumor has become a chronic disease, and an increasing number of older patients will live with tumors. This change has led to an increase in demand for intensive care unit (ICU) and a challenge to the traditional ICU treatment concept. The option of ICU consists of two parts. The first is the option for admission. Since classic predictors of mortality are no longer relevant, we suggest broadening the criteria for ICU admission. Patients during the first course of cancer therapies should be treated with a full-code status similar to that of other patients without malignancy...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
Cory Taylor, Jamie C Fertal, Solomon Liao
BACKGROUND: Withdrawal of life-support for an individual with refractory schizophrenia following attempted suicide remains controversial. Discussion regarding prognosis of mental illness and the distinction between somatic and mental illness brings out many ethical issues. This paper will examine the role and weight of severe persistent mental illness in the withdrawal of life support following attempted suicide. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 30-year-old gentleman with deafness and schizophrenia was admitted with multiple self-inflicted visceral stab wounds...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
N Rose Gaston, Jill M Randall, Lisa R Kiesel
Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is explicitly legal in five states and by court decision in one. Legislative bills have been introduced in other states including Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. This quantitative study was designed to understand Midwest, hospice and palliative care at end-of-life social workers' attitudes toward PAS, preferred terminology, perception of preparedness for the implementation, and awareness of PAS legislation in their state. Sixty-two social workers from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin completed an anonymous online survey...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Social Work in End-of-life & Palliative Care
Laura P Gelfman, Marie Bakitas, Lynne Warner Stevenson, James N Kirkpatrick, Nathan E Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a chronic progressive illness associated with physical and psychological burdens, high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare utilization. Palliative care is interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for persons with serious illness and their families. It is offered simultaneously with disease-oriented care, unlike hospice or end-of-life care. Despite the demonstrated benefits of palliative care in other populations, evidence for palliative care in the HF population is limited...
June 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Shlomit Strulov Shachar, Trevor A Jolly, Ellen Jones, Hyman B Muss
Triple-negative breast cancer, which affects about 10% of older women with breast cancer, represents a major treatment challenge in this population. Treatment decisions for these patients can best be made based on geriatric assessment, estimated life expectancy, whether the treatment goal is prolonged survival or palliation, the potential benefits and toxicities of a specific treatment, and the patient's personal goals for treatment. Treatment outcomes for healthy older and younger women are similar, but great challenges exist in managing the vulnerable and frail patient...
February 15, 2018: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Susanny J Beltran
End-stage restlessness, or terminal agitation, is experienced by some patients during their final days and is characterized by physical, emotional, or spiritual distress, agitation or anxiety. End-stage restlessness negatively affects the patient's death experience and can be distressing to the family and care team. Using the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care survey, this study examined factors associated with experiencing end-stage restlessness among non-Hispanic white and Hispanic hospice patients deceased at time of discharge...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Social Work in End-of-life & Palliative Care
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