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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627287/utilizing-the-electronic-health-record-to-improve-advance-care-planning-a-systematic-review
#1
Michael Todd Huber, Janelle Deneen Highland, Venkatesan Ram Krishnamoorthi, Joyce Wing-Yi Tang
PURPOSE: Advance care planning may ensure care that is concordant with patient wishes. However, advance care plans are frequently absent when needed due to failure to engage patients in planning, inability to access prior documentation, or poor documentation quality. Interventions utilizing tools within the electronic health record (EHR) may address these barriers at the point of care. We aimed to identify EHR interventions previously utilized to improve advance care plans. METHODS: We systematically searched 7 databases for observational and experimental studies of EHR interventions associated with advance care plans...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622155/triad-ix-can-a-patient-testimonial-safely-help-ensure-prehospital-appropriate-critical-versus-end-of-life-care
#2
Ferdinando Mirarchi, Christopher Cammarata, Timothy E Cooney, Kristin Juhasz, Stanley A Terman
OBJECTIVE: The present study sought to assess the clarity of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) or Living Will (LW) documents alone or in combination with a video message/testimonial (VM). METHODS: Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel responded to survey questions about the meaning of stand-alone POLST and LW documents and those used in conjunction with emergent care scenarios. Personnel were randomized to receive documents only or documents with VM...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528421/end-of-life-care-for-glioblastoma-patients-at-a-large-academic-cancer-center
#3
Kamini E Kuchinad, Roy Strowd, Anne Evans, W Anthony Riley, Thomas J Smith
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a universally fatal disease, complicated by significant cognitive and physical disabilities, inherent to the disease course. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze end-of-life care for GBM patients at an academic center and compare utilization of these services to national quality of care guidelines, with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve end-of-life care. Single center retrospective cohort study of GBM patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) between 2009 and 2014, using electronic medical records and hospice records...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457746/comparing-the-palliative-care-needs-of-those-with-cancer-to-those-with-common-non-cancer-serious-illness
#4
Doran Bostwick, Steven Wolf, Greg Samsa, Janet Bull, Donald H Taylor, Kimberly S Johnson, Arif H Kamal
BACKGROUND: Historically, palliative care has been focused on those with cancer. Although these ties persist, palliative care is rapidly integrating into the care of patients with common, non-cancer serious illnesses. Despite this, the bulk of literature informing palliative care practices stems from the care of cancer patients. OBJECTIVES: We compared functionality, advanced care planning, hospital admissions, prognosis, quality of life, pain, dyspnea, fatigue, and depression between patients with cancer and three non-cancer diagnoses-end-stage renal disease (ESRD), heart failure (HF), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443357/informed-consent-and-the-aftermath-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-ethical-considerations
#5
Pamela Bjorklund, Denise M Lund
BACKGROUND: Patients often are confronted with the choice to allow cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should cardiac arrest occur. Typically, informed consent for CPR does not also include detailed discussion about survival rates, possible consequences of survival, and/or potential impacts on functionality post-CPR. OBJECTIVE: A lack of communication about these issues between providers and patients/families complicates CPR decision-making and highlights the ethical imperative of practice changes that educate patients and families in those deeper and more detailed ways...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375816/confidence-with-and-barriers-to-serious-illness-communication-a-national-survey-of-hospitalists
#6
Leah B Rosenberg, Jeff Greenwald, Bartho Caponi, Ami Doshi, Howard Epstein, Jeff Frank, Elizabeth Lindenberger, Nick Marzano, Lynnea M Mills, Rab Razzak, James Risser, Wendy G Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To describe the concerns, confidence, and barriers of practicing hospitalists around serious illness communication. BACKGROUND: Hospitalist physicians are optimally positioned to provide primary palliative care, yet their experiences in serious illness communication are not well described. METHODS: Web-based survey, conducted in May 2016. The survey link was distributed via email to 4000 members of the Society of Hospital Medicine...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328651/quantifying-the-mortality-impact-of-do-not-resuscitate-orders-in-the-icu
#7
Lior Fuchs, Matthew Anstey, Mengling Feng, Ronen Toledano, Slava Kogan, Michael D Howell, Peter Clardy, Leo Celli, Daniel Talmor, Victor Novack
OBJECTIVES: We quantified the 28-day mortality effect of preexisting do-not-resuscitate orders in ICUs. DESIGN: Longitudinal, retrospective study of patients admitted to five ICUs at a tertiary university medical center (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, BIDMC, Boston, MA) between 2001 and 2008. INTERVENTION: None. PATIENTS: Two cohorts were defined: patients with do not resuscitate advance directives on day 1 of ICU admission and a control group comprising patients with no limitations of level of care on ICU day 1 (full code)...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326805/a-retrospective-analysis-of-care-in-patients-with-dementia-hospitalized-at-a-tertiary-medical-center
#8
Riddhi Patira, Huaqing Zhao, Ausim Azizi
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization is an opportunity to address various aspects related to management of dementia, including the goals of care to avoid futile care. We studied the prevalence of these factors when patients with dementia are hospitalized. DESIGN: One hundred and thirty-one charts of patients with dementia admitted to a single university-based hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Data were collected and analyzed for age, gender, the severity of dementia, co-morbidities, co-existing vascular dementia, reversible causes of dementia, mental status scores, medications, consultations, procedures, complications, availability of advance directives, decision-maker, code status, and goals of care discussion...
March 22, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271120/code-status-reconciliation-to-improve-identification-and-documentation-of-code-status-in-electronic-health-records
#9
Viral G Jain, Peter J Greco, David C Kaelber
BACKGROUND: Code status (CS) of a patient (part of their end-of-life wishes) can be critical information in healthcare delivery, which can change over time, especially at transitions of care. Although electronic health record (EHR) tools exist for medication reconciliation across transitions of care, much less attention is given to CS, and standard EHR tools have not been implemented for CS reconciliation (CSR). Lack of CSR creates significant potential patient safety and quality of life issues...
March 8, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265798/the-role-of-a-hospital-ethics-consultation-service-in-decision-making-for-unrepresented-patients
#10
Andrew M Courtwright, Joshua Abrams, Ellen M Robinson
Despite increased calls for hospital ethics committees to serve as default decision-makers about life-sustaining treatment (LST) for unrepresented patients who lack decision-making capacity or a surrogate decision-maker and whose wishes regarding medical care are not known, little is known about how committees currently function in these cases. This was a retrospective cohort study of all ethics committee consultations involving decision-making about LST for unrepresented patients at a large academic hospital from 2007 to 2013...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230581/a-handoffs-software-led-to-fewer-errors-of-omission-and-better-provider-satisfaction-a-randomized-control-trial
#11
Markos G Kashiouris, Christos Stefanou, Deepankar Sharma, Cecilia Yshii-Tamashiro, Ryan Vega, Sarah Hartingan, Charles Albrecht, Robert H Brown
BACKGROUND: Computer-assisted communication is shown to prevent critical omissions ("errors") in the handoff process. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to study this effect and related provider satisfaction, using a standardized software. METHODS: Fourteen internal medicine house officers staffed 6 days and 1 cross-covering teams were randomized to either the intervention group or control, employing usual handoff, so that handoff information was exchanged only between same-group subjects (daily, for 28 days)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
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
#12
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 (nā€‰=ā€‰275) was compared with a concurrent control group of patients receiving standard care (nā€‰=ā€‰195) during the same time period by using multivariable logistic regression analysis...
March 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198722/triad-viii-nationwide-multicenter-evaluation-to-determine-whether-patient-video-testimonials-can-safely-help-ensure-appropriate-critical-versus-end-of-life-care
#13
Ferdinando L Mirarchi, Timothy E Cooney, Arvind Venkat, David Wang, Thaddeus M Pope, Abra L Fant, Stanley A Terman, Kevin M Klauer, Monica Williams-Murphy, Michael A Gisondi, Brian Clemency, Ankur A Doshi, Mari Siegel, Mary S Kraemer, Kate Aberger, Stephanie Harman, Neera Ahuja, Jestin N Carlson, Melody L Milliron, Kristopher K Hart, Chelsey D Gilbertson, Jason W Wilson, Larissa Mueller, Lori Brown, Bradley D Gordon
OBJECTIVE: End-of-life interventions should be predicated on consensus understanding of patient wishes. Written documents are not always understood; adding a video testimonial/message (VM) might improve clarity. Goals of this study were to (1) determine baseline rates of consensus in assigning code status and resuscitation decisions in critically ill scenarios and (2) determine whether adding a VM increases consensus. METHODS: We randomly assigned 2 web-based survey links to 1366 faculty and resident physicians at institutions with graduate medical education programs in emergency medicine, family practice, and internal medicine...
June 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156656/systematic-review-of-interventions-to-facilitate-advance-care-planning-acp-in-cancer-patients
#14
Hao-Wen Sim, Camilla Zimmermann, Monika K Krzyzanowska
21 Background: ACP refers to the process of consideration, documentation and communication of preferences for future care. ACP is crucial for patients (pts) with advanced cancer as it can guide substitute decision makers (SDM) and health care providers (HCP) to align care with preferences, thus improving quality of end-of-life care. METHODS: We performed a systematic review of MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Cochrane (Systematic Review and Clinical Trial) databases (1995 to 2015) to identify interventions that facilitate ACP for cancer pts (documentation or discussion of advance directives, SDM or code status)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156632/end-of-life-care-for-glioblastoma-multiforme-gbm-patients-at-a-large-academic-center
#15
Xiao Wang, Jiangxia Wang, Anne Evans, W Anthony Riley, Thomas J Smith
56 Background: GBM is a uniformly fatal disease with average survival of < 3 years and universal cognitive problems, making advance care planning paramount. End of life (EOL) patterns of GBM care in the US have not been studied. We examined care in a cohort of GBM and brain tumor (BT) patients as part of a program to provide individual provider feedback about EOL care. METHODS: We reviewed the care of all GBM patients over 3 years with a random sample of 100, and a 5-yr subset of 45 who received their care at Gilchrist Hospice (GH), our largest provider...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156564/advance-care-planning-and-specialty-palliative-care-utilization-for-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies-who-undergo-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplant
#16
Lisa M McNey, Erik Eckhert, Derek Galligan, Gabriel N Mannis
18 Background: Unlike most metastatic solid tumors, many advanced hematologic malignancies are treated with curative intent. Accordingly, aggressive interventions often continue until late in the disease course because it can be difficult to discern when cure is no longer possible. This is particularly true for recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (alloHCT). We hypothesized that alloHCT recipients and their providers would be less likely to utilize specialty Palliative Care (PC) services or to engage in early communication regarding advance care planning...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156550/advance-care-planning-and-palliative-care-consultation-for-stem-cell-transplant-patients
#17
Joseph D Ma, Sandahl H Nelson, Carolyn Revta, Gary T Buckholz, Carolyn M Mulroney, Eric Roeland
113 Background: Advance care planning (ACP) in stem cell transplantation (SCT) is particularly challenging given the potential for cure for patients with blood cancers despite an increased risk of suffering and even death. Data regarding ACP and palliative care (PC) integration in SCT is limited. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted of patients with hematologic malignancies who underwent SCT at UCSD from January 2011 to December 2015. The primary objective was to determine the medical discipline of the initial and last code status documentation...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156462/patterns-of-palliative-care-utilization-and-end-of-life-care-in-adult-patients-with-cancer-who-died-as-inpatients-at-mayo-clinic
#18
Shivani S Shinde, Pashtoon Murtaza Kasi, Mark Robert Litzow, Jeanne M Huddleston
60 Background: A significant number of patients with advanced cancer die in the hospital. Examination of patterns of care and palliative care (PC) involvement may identify opportunities for process of care improvements for this vulnerable population. METHODS: Patients were identified using the institutional mortality review system registry (Mayo Clinic hospitals from July, 2013-June, 2014). Within this group, patients with a diagnosis of terminal malignancy were identified by chart review and ICD-9 codes...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152940/code-status-documentation-in-the-electronic-medical-record-for-patients-with-stage-iv-pancreatic-cancer
#19
Janet M Armstrong, Joseph D Ma, Carolyn Revta, Eric Roeland
125 Background: Improving incidence of code status documentation in the electronic medical record (EMR) has been suggested a better guidance for clinical care compared with a traditional advance directive. We have previously reported that in the absence of a template in the EMR, code status documentation was 36% and inconsistent in patients with advanced cancer. Utilizing a different cohort of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, we examined the prevalence of EMR code status documentation. METHODS: A retrospective analysis in patients with analytic metastatic pancreatic cancer (2008-2014) was conducted at a single, academic medical center...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152749/end-of-life-care-for-glioblastoma-multiforme-patients-at-an-academic-institution
#20
Roy E Strowd, Anne Evans, Louise Knight, W Anthony Riley, Thomas J Smith
202 Background: End of life care for glioblastoma patients has not been studied in the United States. We studied 100 patients with GBM to examine use of advance directives (AD), symptom assessments, hospitalizations, chemotherapy use, and hospice use. METHODS: A single center retrospective cohort study of adult patients actively treated for GBM at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2009-2014. 100 patients were randomly chosen from the group of 317 GBM patients. Information included documentation of AD, code status, hospitalizations, chemotherapy use, code status and symptom assessments...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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