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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678173/the-japan-hospice-and-palliative-evaluation-study-4-a-cross-sectional-questionnaire-survey
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Kento Masukawa, Maho Aoyama, Tatsuya Morita, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto, Yasuo Shima, Mitsunori Miyashita
BACKGROUND: Constant evaluation is important for maintaining and improving the quality of end-of-life care. We therefore conduct the fourth Japan Hospice and Palliative Evaluation Study (J-HOPE4) as a continuous evaluation study. In this present paper, we describe the design of J-HOPE4. The main purposes of J-HOPE4 are as follows:1) to evaluate the processes, structures, and outcomes of palliative care acute hospitals, palliative care units, and home hospice services; 2) to examine bereaved family members' self-reported psychosocial conditions, such as grief and depression as bereavement outcomes;3) to provide data to ensure and improve the quality of care provided by participating institutions via feedback based on the results from each institution; and 4) provide clinical and academic information concerning the implications of various issues in palliative care by conducting additional studies...
April 20, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678168/self-competence-in-death-work-among-health-and-social-care-workers-a-region-wide-survey-in-hong-kong
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Johnny T K Cheung, Doreen W H Au, Wallace C H Chan, Jenny H Y Chan, Kenway Ng, Jean Woo
BACKGROUND: According to the Quality of Death Index, Hong Kong is lagging behind many other Western and Asian countries in the category of palliative and healthcare. To ensure the provision of high-quality palliative care, it is important to explore the self-competence of health and social care workers in coping with death work including palliative care. This region-wide study aims to assess the level of self-competence with a validated Self-Competence in Death Work Scale (SC-DWS) and examine its correlates...
April 20, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676957/increasing-information-dissemination-in-cancer-communication-effects-of-using-palliative-supportive-or-hospice-care-terminology
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Jessica M Fishman, Patricia Greenberg, Margy Barbieri Bagga, David Casarett, Kathleen Propert
BACKGROUND: When attempting to share information about comfort-oriented care, many use "palliative," "supportive," and "hospice" care terminology interchangeably, but we lack evidence about the effects of using these different terms. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to test whether the use of "palliative," "supportive," or "hospice" terminology can improve the dissemination of information among breast cancer patients-a large and growing oncology population...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676777/do-not-resuscitate-orders-in-older-adults-during-hospitalization-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Karishma Patel, Liron Sinvani, Vidhi Patel, Andrzej Kozikowski, Christopher Smilios, Meredith Akerman, Kinga Kiszko, Sutapa Maiti, Negin Hajizadeh, Gisele Wolf-Klein, Renee Pekmezaris
OBJECTIVES: To explore the effect of the presence and timing of a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order on short-term clinical outcomes, including mortality. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study with propensity score matching to enable direct comparison of DNR and no-DNR groups. SETTING: Large, academic tertiary-care center. PARTICIPANTS: Hospitalized medical patients aged 65 and older. MEASUREMENTS: Primary outcome was in-hospital mortality...
April 20, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671084/-advance-care-planning-a-qualitative-investigation-on-patients-perspectives-with-advanced-heart-failure
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Lena Werdecker, Matthias Kujawa, Nils Schneider, Gerald Neitzke
BACKGROUND: The Hospice and Palliative Care Act (2015) promotes advance care planning (ACP) for patients in nursing homes, but chronically ill patients living at home can also benefit from ACP. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to analyze the perception of ACP consultations by patients with advanced heart failure. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients (70 years and older) with advanced heart failure participated in two physician-led ACP consultations...
April 18, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671078/palliative-care-in-heart-failure
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Abhinav Sood, Krista Dobbie, W H Wilson Tang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review illustrates the dynamic role of palliative care in heart failure management and encapsulates the commonly utilized pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic strategies for symptom palliation in heart failure. In addition, we provide our experience regarding patient care issues common to the domain of heart failure and palliative medicine which are commonly encountered by heart failure teams. RECENT FINDINGS: Addition of palliative care to conventional heart failure management plan results in improvement in quality of life, anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being among patients...
April 19, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669147/impact-and-reception-of-a-required-4-week-palliative-medicine-rotation
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B Brent Simmons, Alison Petrie, Edward Gracely
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) is one of three Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited clinical subspecialties available to family medicine graduates for fellowship training. Despite this, training is not currently a curriculum requirement. We have pioneered a required 4-week palliative medicine rotation into the curriculum. METHODS: Twenty-eight residents who completed the palliative medicine rotation across four classes were surveyed to assess how the rotation improved their level of comfort with providing end-of-life (EOL) care and to demonstrate the need of formal palliative medicine training...
April 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661851/the-bmj-awards-2018-palliative-and-hospice-care-team-of-the-year
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Nigel Hawkes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 16, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656703/the-ethics-of-concurrent-care-for-children-a-social-justice-perspective
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Kim Mooney-Doyle, Jessica Keim-Malpass, Lisa C Lindley
Recent estimates indicate that over 40,000 children die annually in the United States and a majority have life-limiting conditions. Children at end of life require extensive healthcare resources, including multiple hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. Yet, many children still suffer from symptoms at end of life-including fatigue, pain, dyspnea, and anxiety-with less than 10% of these children utilizing hospice care services. A critical barrier to pediatric hospice use was the original federal regulations associated with the hospice care that required a diagnosis of 6 months to live and the discontinuation of all curative treatments...
January 1, 2018: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650883/-cancer-disease-trajectory-and-the-contribution-of-artistic-outreach-activity-to-palliative-care
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Hisako Oshiro, Tatsuo Oshiro, Masahito Tanimizu
The purpose of this article is to show some unintentional aspects of palliative supports offered by the community. The activities of the Opera Ehime, an amateur opera group, play an important role in palliative and grief care. This community is also committed to providing supportive care for home hospice cancer patients through an outreach music program that offers patients connection with others and reduces isolation. Assessment by the coordinator includes determiningthe patients' preferences and the relevance of music throughout their lives...
March 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649405/economic-impact-of-early-inpatient-palliative-care-intervention-in-a-community-hospital-setting
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James Fitzpatrick, Matthew Mavissakalian, Tisha Luciani, Yijing Xu, Amber Mazurek
BACKGROUND: Inpatient palliative care programs have demonstrated financial benefit for the hospital and improved quality of care for patients with advanced disease. Previous studies on this subject have focused on comparisons between palliative and traditional care. The financial and clinical effects of early versus late palliative care intervention are less well documented. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study are to review the financial and quality outcomes that early palliative care intervention has on appropriate inpatients in the community hospital setting...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649400/impact-of-inpatient-palliative-care-on-quality-of-end-of-life-care-and-downstream-acute-and-postacute-care-utilization
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Peter S Khang, Susan E Wang, In-Lu Amy Liu, Heather L Watson, Sandra Y Koyama, Dan N Huynh, Janet S Lee, Huong Q Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Additional evidence is needed regarding the impact of inpatient palliative care (IPC) on the quality of end-of-life care and downstream utilization. AIM: Examine the effects of IPC on quality of end-of-life care and acute and postacute care use in a large integrated system. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort design. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Adult decedents from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, who had at least one hospitalization at 11 Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical centers in the 12 months before death and not hospitalized for a trauma-related condition or receiving home-based PC or hospice were included in the cohort...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649399/a-rules-based-algorithm-to-prioritize-poor-prognosis-cancer-patients-in-need-of-advance-care-planning
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Christine M Bestvina, Kristen E Wroblewski, Bobby Daly, Brittany Beach, Selina Chow, Andrew Hantel, Monica Malec, Michael T Huber, Blase N Polite
BACKGROUND: Accurate understanding of the prognosis of an advanced cancer patient can lead to decreased aggressive care at the end of life and earlier hospice enrollment. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to determine the association between high-risk clinical events identified by a simple, rules-based algorithm and decreased overall survival, to target poor prognosis cancer patients who would urgently benefit from advanced care planning. DESIGN: A retrospective analysis was performed on outpatient oncology patients with an index visit from April 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649394/perspective-on-care-at-the-end-of-life-at-hospice-africa-uganda
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Joshua Campbell, Nasur Buyinza, Joshua Hauser
BACKGROUND: Since its beginning in 1993, Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) has become a leader in palliative care in Africa. Despite this, there remains a sparsity of research elucidating the priorities of patients in their care at the end of life. This study aimed to identify those priorities in three groups: patients with life-limiting illness, their caregivers, and their healthcare providers at HAU, and thus to identify differences in what these groups find important in the last month of life...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644032/severe-acute-gallstone-pancreatitis-with-diffuse-hemorrhagic-gastritis
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Timothy J Harris, William C Beck, Avi Bhavaraju, Benjamin Davis, Mary K Kimbrough, Joseph C Jensen, Anna Privratsky, John R Taylor, Kevin W Sexton
A 67-year-old male presented with acute pancreatitis secondary to gallstones, also known as acute biliary pancreatitis, and subsequently developed gastric outlet obstruction and was transferred to our hospital. A gastro-jejunal feeding tube was placed and an open cholecystectomy was performed. The patient had a pancreatic drain placed for interval increase in pancreatic necrosis and then nearly exsanguinated from gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm bleed. This was managed by coiling the gastroduodenal artery...
March 2018: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627863/the-codesign-of-an-interdisciplinary-team-based-intervention-regarding-initiating-palliative-care-in-pediatric-oncology
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Douglas L Hill, Jennifer K Walter, Jessica A Casas, Concetta DiDomenico, Julia E Szymczak, Chris Feudtner
PURPOSE: Children with advanced cancer are often not referred to palliative or hospice care before they die or are only referred close to the child's death. The goals of the current project were to learn about pediatric oncology team members' perspectives on palliative care, to collaborate with team members to modify and tailor three separate interdisciplinary team-based interventions regarding initiating palliative care, and to assess the feasibility of this collaborative approach. METHODS: We used a modified version of experience-based codesign (EBCD) involving members of the pediatric palliative care team and three interdisciplinary pediatric oncology teams (Bone Marrow Transplant, Neuro-Oncology, and Solid Tumor) to review and tailor materials for three team-based interventions...
April 7, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626051/access-to-palliative-care-by-disease-trajectory-a-population-based-cohort-of-ontario-decedents
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Hsien Seow, Erin O'Leary, Richard Perez, Peter Tanuseputro
OBJECTIVES: To examine access to palliative care between different disease trajectories and compare to other geographic areas. DESIGN: A retrospective population-based decedent cohort study using linked administrative data. SETTING: Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: Ontario decedents between 1 April 2010 and 31 December 2012. Patients were categorised into disease trajectories: terminal illness (eg, cancer), organ failure (eg, chronic heart failure), frailty (eg, dementia), sudden death or other...
April 5, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623487/atezolizumab-in-metastatic-urothelial-carcinoma-outside-clinical-trials-focus-on-efficacy-safety-and-response-to-subsequent-therapies
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Pedro C Barata, Dhrmesh Gopalakrishnan, Vadim S Koshkin, Prateek Mendiratta, Matt Karafa, Kimberly Allman, Allison Martin, Jennifer Beach, Pam Profusek, Allison Tyler, Laura Wood, Moshe Ornstein, Timothy Gilligan, Brian I Rini, Jorge A Garcia, Petros Grivas
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the outcomes, safety, and response to subsequent therapies of patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) treated with atezolizumab outside clinical trials. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study include to report the clinical efficacy and safety of atezolizumab, and the response to future therapies in clinical practice outside clinical trials. PATIENT AND METHODS: This is a retrospective, single-center study including consecutive patients with confirmed mUC who received at least one dose of atezolizumab 1200 mg every 3 weeks between May 2016 and April 2017...
April 6, 2018: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29621556/from-fear-to-confidence-changing-providers-attitudes-about-pediatric-palliative-and-hospice-care
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Tamara Vesel, Christiana Beveridge
CONTEXT: Children have limited access to hospice care: few existing hospice programs have dedicated pediatric teams, and adult hospice providers feel inadequately trained to care for children. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to increase access to pediatric hospice care by empowering adult hospice providers to care for children through a comprehensive education program. Education empowers providers by changing their attitudes from inadequacy to confidence. METHODS: The authors developed a two-day education program to train interdisciplinary teams of adult hospice providers in pediatric care...
April 2, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610828/interactions-between-physicians-and-skilled-home-health-care-agencies-in-the-certification-of-medicare-beneficiaries-plans-of-care-results-of-a-nationally-representative-survey
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Cynthia M Boyd, Bruce Leff, Julia Bellantoni, Navpreet Rana, Jennifer L Wolff, David L Roth, Kim Carl, Orla C Sheehan
Background: Physicians are required to certify a plan of care for patients who receive Medicare skilled home health care (SHHC) services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services form 485 (CMS-485) is typically used for certification of SHHC plans of care and for interactions between SHHC agencies and physicians. Little is known about how physicians use the CMS-485 or their perceptions of its usefulness with respect to coordinating care with SHHC agencies. Objective: To determine how physicians interact with SHHC agencies and use the CMS-485 in care coordination for patients receiving SHHC services...
April 3, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
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