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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333571/screening-and-assessment-of-substance-use-in-hospice-care-examining-content-from-a-national-sample-of-psychosocial-assessments
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Paul Sacco, John G Cagle, Melissa L Moreland, Elizabeth A S Camlin
BACKGROUND: Quality of care provided by hospice and palliative care agencies depends on a thorough understanding of the patient, the family, their history, and current risk factors. It is therefore imperative for social workers and other providers in these settings to assess patients and caregivers for substance use disorders and potential for substance misuse. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine how hospice social workers in the United States screen and assess for alcohol and substance use and risk of medication diversion among patients and family caregivers...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330507/is-admittance-to-specialised-palliative-care-among-cancer-patients-related-to-sex-age-and-cancer-diagnosis-a-nation-wide-study-from-the-danish-palliative-care-database-dpd
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Mathilde Adsersen, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Anders Bonde Jensen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Per Sjøgren, Mogens Groenvold
BACKGROUND: Specialised palliative care (SPC) takes place in specialised services for patients with complex symptoms and problems. Little is known about what determines the admission of patients to SPC and whether there are differences in relation to institution type. The aims of the study were to investigate whether cancer patients' admittance to SPC in Denmark varied in relation to sex, age and diagnosis, and whether the patterns differed by type of institution (hospital-based palliative care team/unit, hospice, or both)...
March 23, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325240/cancer-care-access-and-outcomes-for-american-indian-populations-in-the-united-states-challenges-and-models-for-progress
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REVIEW
B Ashleigh Guadagnolo, Daniel G Petereit, C Norman Coleman
Low socioeconomic and health care access realities of being American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) in the United States combined with decades of data documenting poor cancer outcomes for this population provide a population nested within the United States that is analogous to the cancer care landscape of low- and middle-income countries internationally. We reviewed the medical literature with respect to cancer prevention, access to cancer treatment, and access to effective supportive and palliative care for AI/AN populations in the United States...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306661/referring-patients-to-hospice-or-palliative-care
#4
Kathleen Broglio, Anne Walsh
NPs care for patients with chronic diseases such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, and dementia. As the disease progresses or patients age, disease-related symptoms may become increasingly burdensome, and these patients may benefit from hospice or palliative care. NPs can guide individuals in this process to optimize care and support at the end of life.
April 16, 2017: Nurse Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306372/standardized-criteria-for-palliative-care-consultation-on-a-solid-tumor-oncology-service-reduces-downstream-health-care-use
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Kerin Adelson, Julia Paris, Jay R Horton, Lorena Hernandez-Tellez, Doran Ricks, R Sean Morrison, Cardinale B Smith
PURPOSE: Hospitalized patients with advanced cancer have a high symptom burden and need for support. Integration of palliative care (PC) improves symptom control and decreases unwanted health care use, yet many patients are never offered these services. In 2016, ASCO called for incorporation of PC into oncologic care for all patients with metastatic cancer. To improve the quality of cancer care, we developed standardized criteria, or triggers, for PC consultation on the inpatient solid tumor service...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292824/hospice-enrollment-in-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure-decreases-acute-medical-service-utilization
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Cindi K Yim, Yolanda Barrón, Stanley Moore, Chris Murtaugh, Anuradha Lala, Melissa Aldridge, Nathan Goldstein, Laura P Gelfman
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure (HF) enroll in hospice at low rates, and data on their acute medical service utilization after hospice enrollment is limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a descriptive analysis of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, with at least one home health claim between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, and at least 2 HF hospitalizations between July 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009, who subsequently enrolled in hospice between July 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009...
March 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287357/a-review-of-agents-for-palliative-sedation-continuous-deep-sedation-pharmacology-and-practical-applications
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John Bodnar
Continuous deep sedation at the end of life is a specific form of palliative sedation requiring a care plan that essentially places and maintains the patient in an unresponsive state because their symptoms are refractory to any other interventions. Because this application is uncommon, many providers may lack practical experience in this specialized area and resources they can access are outdated, nonspecific, and/or not comprehensive. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence- and experience-based reference that specifically addresses those medications and regimens and their practical applications for this very narrow, but vital, aspect of hospice care...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287349/book-and-media-reviews
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Roger Woodruff
Editor's Note The journal is delighted to continue a collaboration with the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) in publication of book reviews relevant to symptom control in advanced disease. These reviews are adapted from the work of Roger Woodruff, MD, FRACP, FAChPM, an internationally recognized oncologist and palliative care specialist physician from Australia. Dr. Woodruff's reviews appear concurrently or did so previously in the IAHPC Newsletter, which is accessible through the IAHPC Web site: http://hospicecare...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271970/patient-reluctance-to-discuss-pain-understanding-stoicism-stigma-and-other-contributing-factors
#9
John Cagle, Morgan Bunting
Some patients are hesitant to disclose when they are experiencing pain. However, the reasons for this, such as stoicism and concern about being a bother to others, are poorly understood. If patient pain goes unrecognized during clinical encounters, patients may also be at greater risk for pain-related crises, use of hospice/palliative care on-call services, and in-patient transfers. This is an evidence-informed development of a practice-oriented conceptual model to understand and address patient reluctance to admit pain...
January 2017: Journal of Social Work in End-of-life & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264944/innovative-oncology-care-models-improve-end-of-life-quality-reduce-utilization-and-spending
#10
Erin Murphy Colligan, Erin Ewald, Sarah Ruiz, Michelle Spafford, Caitlin Cross-Barnet, Shriram Parashuram
Three models that received Health Care Innovation Awards from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) aimed to reduce the cost and use of health care services and improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries with cancer. Each emphasized a different principle: the oncology medical home, patient navigation, or palliative care. Comparing participants in each model who died during the study period to matched comparators, we found that the oncology medical home and patient navigation models were associated with decreased costs in the last ninety days of life ($3,346 and $5,824 per person, respectively) and fewer hospitalizations in the last thirty days of life (fifty-seven and forty per 1,000 people, respectively)...
March 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260997/children-with-intellectual-disability-and-hospice-utilization
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Lisa C Lindley, Mari Beth Colman, John T Meadows
Over 42,000 children die each year in the United States, including those with intellectual disability (ID). Survival is often reduced when children with intellectual disability also suffer from significant motor dysfunction, progressive congenital conditions, and comorbidities. Yet, little is known about hospice care for children with intellectual disability. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between intellectual disability and hospice utilization. Additionally, we explored whether intellectual disability combined with motor dysfunction, progressive congenital conditions, and comorbidities influenced pediatric hospice utilization...
February 2017: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing: JHPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249546/assessment-of-palliative-care-services-in-western-kenya
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Hijab Zubairi, Priyanka Tulshian, Sarah Villegas, Brett D Nelson, Kennedy Ouma, Thomas F Burke
BACKGROUND: The need for palliative care services is rapidly increasing due to the rising number of patients with non-communicable diseases. The objective of this study was to assess the current availability and barriers to palliative care and healthcare worker knowledge and perceptions on palliative pain control in western Kenya. METHODS: An evidence-based 40-question assessment tool was conducted between October 2015 and February 2016 in Siaya County, western Kenya...
January 19, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246083/commissioning-of-specialist-palliative-care-services-in-england
#13
Harriet Lancaster, Ilora Finlay, Maxwell Downman, James Dumas
OBJECTIVES: Some failures in end-of-life care have been attributed to inconsistent provision of palliative care across England. We aimed to explore the variation in commissioning of services by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) using a data collection exercise. METHODS: We sent a Freedom of Information request in the form of an open questionnaire to all 209 CCGs in England to assess their commissioning of palliative and end-of-life care services, mainly focused on the provision of specialist palliative care services...
February 28, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235727/acceptable-regret-model-in-the-end-of-life-setting-patients-require-high-level-of-certainty-before-forgoing-management-recommendations
#14
Athanasios Tsalatsanis, Iztok Hozo, Benjamin Djulbegovic
BACKGROUND: The acceptable regret model postulates that under some circumstances decision-makers may tolerate wrong decisions. The purpose of this work is to empirically evaluate the acceptable regret model of decision-making in the end-of-life care setting, where terminally ill patients consider seeking curative treatment versus accepting hospice/palliative care. METHODS: We conducted interviews with 48 terminally ill patients to assess their preferences about end-of-life treatment choices...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220023/early-palliative-care-reduces-end-of-life-intensive-care-unit-icu-use-but-not-icu-course-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Andrew M Romano, Kristine E Gade, Gradon Nielsen, Robert Havard, James H Harrison, Josh Barclay, George J Stukenborg, Paul W Read, Leslie J Blackhall, Patrick M Dillon
BACKGROUND: Early palliative care for advanced cancer patients improves quality of life and survival, but less is known about its effect on intensive care unit (ICU) use at the end of life. This analysis assessed the effect of a comprehensive early palliative care program on ICU use and other outcomes among patients with advanced cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients with advanced cancer enrolled in an early palliative care program (n = 275) was compared with a concurrent control group of patients receiving standard care (n = 195) during the same time period by using multivariable logistic regression analysis...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217818/psychosocial-needs-and-interventions-for-heart-failure-patients-and-families-receiving-palliative-care-support-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
John G Cagle, Morgan Bunting, Anne Kelemen, Joonyup Lee, Dorothy Terry, Ryan Harris
Although diseases of the heart are the leading cause of death in the USA, palliative care research has largely focused on populations of cancer patients. However, a diagnosis of heart failure differs substantially than that of cancer. They differ in terms of signs and symptoms, disease trajectories, treatment options, stigma, and prognosis. Additionally, the populations affected by these differing illnesses are also unique in a number of fundamental ways. Based on these differences, it is reasonable to hypothesize that palliative care patients with heart failure, and their families, have a distinct set of psychosocial needs...
February 20, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196784/addressing-palliative-care-clinician-burnout-in-organizations-a-workforce-necessity-an-ethical-imperative
#17
Krista L Harrison, Elizabeth Dzeng, Christine S Ritchie, Tait D Shanafelt, Arif H Kamal, Janet H Bull, Jon C Tilburt, Keith M Swetz
Clinician burnout reduces the capacity for providers and health systems to deliver timely, high quality, patient-centered care and increases the risk that clinicians will leave practice. This is especially problematic in hospice and palliative care: patients are often frail, elderly, vulnerable and complex; access to care is often outstripped by need; and demand for clinical experts will increase as palliative care further integrates into usual care. Efforts to mitigate and prevent burnout currently focus on individual clinicians...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193270/the-experience-of-providing-end-of-life-care-at-a-children-s-hospice-a-qualitative-study
#18
Tracey McConnell, Sam Porter
BACKGROUND: More attention is being paid to the wellbeing of staff working in stressful situations. However, little is known about staff experience of providing end-of-life care to children within a hospice setting. This study aims to explore the experiences of care team staff who provide end-of-life care within a children's hospice. METHODS: Qualitative research incorporating interviews and a focus group. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Purposeful sampling led to a total of 15 care team staff recruited from a children's hospice offering palliative and specialist care to life-limited children and young people...
February 13, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186928/collecting-biological-material-from-palliative-care-patients-in-the-last-weeks-of-life-a-feasibility-study
#19
Séamus Coyle, Aileen Scott, Amara Callistus Nwosu, Richard Latten, James Wilson, Catriona R Mayland, Stephen Mason, Chris Probert, John Ellershaw
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of prospectively collecting biological samples (urine) from palliative care patients in the last weeks of life. SETTING: A 30-bedded specialist hospice in the North West of England. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were adults with a diagnosis of advanced disease and able to provide written informed consent. METHOD: Potential participants were identified by a senior clinician over a 12-week period in 2014...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174374/-development-of-spiritual-care-in-cancer-treatment-in-japan
#20
REVIEW
Susumu Shimazono
Spiritual care started worldwide in the late 1960s with the development of the hospice movement and death studies. Why did spiritual care start duringthis time in history ? In some Christian societies, of that time,"pastoral care" evolved into an interfaith "spiritual care" where in the caretaker was the main agent instead of the caregiver. On the other hand, the importance of palliative care for cancer patients was gradually acknowledged. In addition, this progress was accompanied by the academic development of "death studies" which is called "death and life studies" in Japan...
January 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
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