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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221897/variations-among-physicians-in-hospice-referrals-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Xiao Wang, Louise S Knight, Anne Evans, Jiangxia Wang, Thomas J Smith
PURPOSE: The benefits of hospice for patients with end-stage disease are well established. Although hospice use is increasing, a growing number of patients are enrolled for ≤ 7 days, a marker of poor quality of care and patient and family dissatisfaction. In this study, we examined variations in referrals among individuals and groups of physicians to assess a potential source of suboptimal hospice use. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 452 patients with advanced cancer referred to hospice from a comprehensive cancer center...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
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
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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/28196785/clinical-and-socio-demographic-predictors-of-home-hospice-patients-dying-at-home-a-retrospective-analysis-of-hospice-care-association-s-database-in-singapore
#4
Yee Song Lee, Ramaswamy Akhileswaran, Marcus Ong Eng Hock, Win Wah, David Hui, Sheryl Hui-Xian Ng, Gerald Koh
CONTEXT: Hospice care can be delivered in different settings but many patients choose to receive it at home because of familiar surroundings. Despite their preferences, not every home hospice patient manages to die at home. OBJECTIVE: To examine the independent factors associated with home hospice patient dying at home. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of Hospice Care Association (HCA)'s database. HCA is the largest home hospice provider in Singapore...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196784/addressing-palliative-care-clinician-burnout-in-organizations-a-workforce-necessity-an-ethical-imperative
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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
#6
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/28193105/a-qualitative-analysis-of-information-sharing-in-hospice-interdisciplinary-group-meetings
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Karla T Washington, George Demiris, Debra Parker Oliver, Jeffrey A Swarz, Alexandria M Lewis, Uba Backonja
BACKGROUND: In the United States, hospice agencies are required to convene interdisciplinary group (IDG) meetings no less frequently than every 15 days to review patients' care plans. Challenges associated with information sharing during these meetings can impede efficiency and frustrate attendees. OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine information sharing in the context of hospice IDG meetings as a first step toward developing an informatics tool to support interdisciplinary collaboration in this setting...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191295/small-cell-carcinoma-of-the-prostate-in-an-elderly-patient-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Dale Alan Whitaker, Daniel H Miller, Niveditha Jagadesh, Gerald W Strong, Lauren Hintenlang, William B Schenk, Gregory A Broderick, Katherine S Tzou, Steven J Buskirk
Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy of men in the United States. Small-cell carcinoma (SCC), which typically presents as an aggressive lung malignancy, is a rare diagnosis within the setting of prostate cancer pathology. Due to its limited prevalence, little information regarding the treatment and prognosis of this disease in large populations is available. To date our current knowledge base is largely limited to case reports and retrospective case reviews. The mainstay of treatment for this particular histology most often involves a multimodality approach utilizing chemotherapy in conjunction with radiation therapy, androgen deprivation therapy, or prostatectomy...
November 17, 2016: Rare Tumors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186928/collecting-biological-material-from-palliative-care-patients-in-the-last-weeks-of-life-a-feasibility-study
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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/28186839/meeting-basic-needs-social-supports-and-services-provided-by-hospice
#10
Nathan A Boucher, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Kimberly S Johnson
OBJECTIVE: Describe social goods and services for which hospices assist patients and families and the resources hospices use to do so. BACKGROUND: Basic social supports and services not routinely covered by insurers may be needed by terminally ill patients and their families. Little is known about hospices' provision of such social supports and services. METHODS: A 2014-2015 cross-sectional survey of hospices nationwide. Participating hospices had been in operation for at least 3 years and were located in any of the 50 states or District of Columbia...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186829/practical-ideas-for-improving-the-quality-of-hospice-care
#11
Leonard L Berry, Stephen R Connor, Brad Stuart
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185893/united-states-clergy-religious-values-and-relationships-to-end-of-life-discussions-and-care
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Michael J Balboni, Adam Sullivan, Andrea C Enzinger, Patrick T Smith, Christine Mitchell, John R Peteet, James Tulsky, Tyler VanderWeele, Tracy A Balboni
CONTEXT: While clergy interact with approximately half of U.S. patients facing end-of-life medical decisions, little is known about clergy-congregant interactions or clergy influence on end-of-life decisions. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a nationally representative survey of clergy beliefs and practices. METHODS: A mailed survey to a nationally representative sample of clergy completed in March 2015 with 1005 of 1665 responding (60% response rate)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174374/-development-of-spiritual-care-in-cancer-treatment-in-japan
#13
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169946/differences-in-utilization-of-life-support-and-end-of-life-care-for-medical-icu-patients-with-versus-without-cancer
#14
Geoffrey Koff, Urvashi Vaid, Edward Len, Albert Crawford, David A Oxman
OBJECTIVES: To explore differences in the utilization of life support and end-of-life care between patients dying in the medical ICU with cancer compared with those without cancer. DESIGN: Retrospective review of 403 deaths or hospice transfers in the medical ICU from January 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. SETTING: Urban tertiary care university hospital. PATIENTS: Consecutive medical ICU deaths or hospice transfers over an 18-month period...
February 6, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169209/place-of-death-for-hospice-cared-terminal-patients-with-cancer-a-nationwide-retrospective-study-in-taiwan
#15
Heng-Yi Lin, Shih-Chao Kang, Yu-Chun Cheng, Yin-Chieh Chang, Wei-Shu Wang, Su-Shun Lo
BACKGROUND: Hospice care has been part of the Taiwan health-care system for 20 years. Detailed information on the place of death for terminal cancer patients is lacking. Impending death discharge (IDD) is unique in Taiwan, and our study aims to compare IDD with in-hospice death among terminal cancer patients under hospice care. METHODS: This retrospective study used claims data of decedents of cancer from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan from 2007 to 2010...
February 3, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167723/longer-periods-of-hospice-service-associated-with-lower-end-of-life-spending-in-regions-with-high-expenditures
#16
Shiyi Wang, Sylvia H Hsu, Siwan Huang, Pamela R Soulos, Cary P Gross
Hospice use is expected to decrease end-of-life expenditures, yet evidence for its financial impact remains inconclusive. One potential explanation is that the use of hospice may produce differential cost-savings effects by region because of geographic variation in end-of-life spending patterns. We examined 103,745 elderly Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program Medicare database who died from cancer in 2004-11. We created quintiles by the adjusted mean end-of-life expenditures per hospital referral region (HRR), and we examined HRR-level variation in the association between length of hospice service and expenditures across quintiles...
February 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167657/from-concept-to-practice-is-multidimensional-care-the-leading-principle-in-hospice-care-an-exploratory-mixed-method-study
#17
Everlien de Graaf, Merel van Klinken, Danielle Zweers, Saskia Teunissen
BACKGROUND: Hospice care (HC) aims to optimise the quality of life of patients and their families by relief and prevention of multidimensional suffering. The aim of this study is to gain insight into multidimensional care (MC) provided to hospice inpatients by a multiprofessional team (MT) and identify facilitators, to ameliorate multidimensional HC. METHODS: This exploratory mixed-method study with a sequential quantitative-qualitative design was conducted from January to December 2015...
February 6, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166546/the-relationship-of-obesity-to-hospice-use-and-expenditures-a-cohort-study
#18
John A Harris, Elena Byhoff, Chithra R Perumalswami, Kenneth M Langa, Alexi A Wright, Jennifer J Griggs
Background: Obesity complicates medical, nursing, and informal care in severe illness, but its effect on hospice use and Medicare expenditures is unknown. Objective: To describe the associations between body mass index (BMI) and hospice use and Medicare expenditures in the last 6 months of life. Design: Retrospective cohort. Setting: The HRS (Health and Retirement Study). Participants: 5677 community-dwelling Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who died between 1998 and 2012...
February 7, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166315/hospice-access-for-undocumented-immigrants
#19
Nathan A Gray, Nathan A Boucher, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Kimberly S Johnson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162632/-384-pain-and-social-processes-for-hospice-cancer-patients-an-integrative-review-of-the-literature
#20
O Ehrlich, R Walker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
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