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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346354/compassion-from-a-palliative-care-perspective
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Antonio Fernando, Conor Rea, Phillipa J Malpas
BACKGROUND: Compassion is a core virtue in medicine and lies at the heart of good medical care. It connects us to each other and reflects our need for relationships with others. AIM: Our aim is to explore how palliative care patients perceive, understand and experience compassion from health professionals, and to inform clinical practice. METHODS: Seven hospice managers in the North Island of New Zealand were contacted and invited to join the study...
January 19, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345395/patient-carer-and-public-involvement-in-major-system-change-in-acute-stroke-services-the-construction-of-value
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Christopher McKevitt, Angus I G Ramsay, Catherine Perry, Simon J Turner, Ruth Boaden, Charles D A Wolfe, Naomi J Fulop
BACKGROUND: Patient and public involvement is required where changes to care provided by the UK National Health Service are proposed. Yet involvement is characterized by ambiguity about its rationales, methods and impact. AIMS: To understand how patients and carers were involved in major system changes (MSCs) to the delivery of acute stroke care in 2 English cities, and what kinds of effects involvement was thought to produce. METHODS: Analysis of documents from both MSC projects, and retrospective in-depth interviews with 45 purposively selected individuals (providers, commissioners, third-sector employees) involved in the MSC...
January 18, 2018: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343739/qualitative-systematic-review-of-barriers-and-facilitators-to-self-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-views-of-patients-and-healthcare-professionals
#3
REVIEW
Siân Russell, Oladapo J Ogunbayo, James J Newham, Karen Heslop-Marshall, Paul Netts, Barbara Hanratty, Fiona Beyer, Eileen Kaner
Self-management interventions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve quality of life, reduce hospital admissions, and improve symptoms. However, many factors impede engagement for patients and practitioners. Qualitative research, with its focus on subjective experience, can provide invaluable insights into such factors. Therefore, a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative evidence on COPD self-management from the perspective of patients, carers, and practitioners was conducted. Following a systematic search and screening, 31 studies were appraised and data extracted for analysis...
January 17, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343195/caring-for-a-family-member-or-friend-with-dementia-at-the-end-of-life-a-scoping-review-and-implications-for-palliative-care-practice
#4
Timothy R Broady, Freya Saich, Tom Hinton
BACKGROUND: Although people with dementia receive substantial care from informal sources, there is limited research available that investigates how these carers experience end-of-life care. AIM: This review aimed to identify what is currently known about carers' experiences of providing end-of-life care to a family member or friend with dementia and draw implications for palliative care policy and service provision. DESIGN: A scoping literature review was conducted, first using a targeted key word search, followed by assessments of eligibility based on title and then abstract content...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343169/patients-and-carers-perspectives-of-palliative-care-in-general-practice-a-systematic-review-with-narrative-synthesis
#5
Emilie Green, Selena Knight, Merryn Gott, Stephen Barclay, Patrick White
BACKGROUND: General practitioners have overall responsibility for community care, including towards end of life. Current policy places generalists at the centre of palliative care provision. However, little is known about how patients and carers understand the general practitioner's role. AIMS: To explore patient and carer perspectives of (1) the role of the general practitioner in providing palliative care to adult patients and (2) the facilitators and barriers to the general practitioner's capacity to fulfil this perceived role...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341552/developing-the-organisational-culture-in-a-healthcare-setting
#6
Adele Nightingale
This article aims to define organisational culture and explain why it is important to patients, carers and those working in healthcare environments. Organisational culture is not a new concept and the literature on the subject is well-established. However, because of the changing dynamics of the NHS, there has been a shift away from 'what' the NHS stands for, often relating to its history and rituals, to 'who' it functions for, including how healthcare professionals such as nurses can develop and drive the organisational culture...
January 17, 2018: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340944/persons-with-disability-social-deprivation-and-an-emergency-medical-admission
#7
Seán Cournane, Richard Conway, Declan Byrne, Deirdre O'Riordan, Bernard Silke
BACKGROUND: The community level of disability and social deprivation may result in an emergency hospitalisation; we have examined the annual admission incidence rate for emergency medical conditions in relation to the community prevalence of such factors. METHODS: All emergency medical admissions (96,305 episodes in 50,612 patients) within the institution's catchment area were examined between 2002 and 2016. The frequency of disability, level of full-time carers and unemployment for the 74 electoral divisions of the catchment area was regressed against admission rates; incidence rate ratios (IRR) were calculated using truncated Poisson regression...
January 16, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340791/treatment-of-disabling-headache-with-greater-occipital-nerve-injections-in-a-large-population-of-childhood-and-adolescent-patients-a-service-evaluation
#8
Francesca Puledda, Peter J Goadsby, Prab Prabhakar
BACKGROUND: Pediatric headache disorders can be extremely disabling, with marked reduction in the quality of life of children and their carers. Evidenced-based options for the treatment of primary headache disorders with preventive medication is limited and clinical outcomes are often unsatisfactory. Greater occipital nerve injections represent a rapid and well-tolerated therapeutic option, which is widely used in clinical practice in adults, and has previously shown a good outcome in a pediatric population...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340166/withdrawal-of-antihypertensive-therapy-in-people-with-dementia-feasibility-study
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Veronika van der Wardt, Jennifer K Burton, Simon Conroy, Tomas Welsh, Pip Logan, Jaspal Taggar, Lukasz Tanajewski, John Gladman
Background: This study explored the feasibility of a randomised controlled withdrawal trial of antihypertensive medication in normotensive people with dementia. Feasibility aspects included response, recruitment, exclusion and drop-out rates, suitability of outcome measures, acceptability of study procedures and an indicative economic evaluation for a randomised controlled trial. Methods: A cohort study attempting the withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs where appropriate and a feasibility study of home-based blood pressure monitoring, in people with dementia treated for hypertension, was undertaken...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336905/getting-a-good-night-sleep-the-importance-of-recognizing-and-treating-nocturnal-hypokinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease
#10
REVIEW
Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Claudia Trenkwalder
When Parkinson's disease (PD) patients are asked about the quality of their sleep, their answers are dominated by difficulties associated with impaired mobility in bed, medically referred to as nocturnal hypokinesia. Nocturnal hypokinesia is symptomatic from the mid-stage of the disease, affecting up to 70% of PD patients, and contributes to poor sleep quality, and increased carer burden. Here we explore four areas of nocturnal hypokinesia that are relevant to clinical practice, namely: manifestations and definition; clinical assessment and objective monitoring; etiologies and contributing factors; and evidence-based therapeutic approaches...
January 5, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335327/gps-experiences-of-diagnosing-and-managing-childhood-eczema-a-qualitative-study-in-primary-care
#11
Emma Le Roux, Kingsley Powell, Jonathan P Banks, Matthew J Ridd
BACKGROUND: Eczema is common among children, and in the UK the majority are managed by GPs. The most common cause of poor disease control is incorrect use of topical treatments. There is a lack of research into the challenges faced by GPs in diagnosing and managing this condition. AIM: To explore the experiences of GPs in assessing and managing children with eczema. DESIGN AND SETTING: Qualitative study in primary care in England. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews with 15 GPs were audiorecorded, transcribed verbatim, and analysed thematically using the framework method...
January 15, 2018: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334229/physical-and-psychological-health-of-carers-of-young-people-with-first-episode-psychosis
#12
Abner Weng Cheong Poon, Jackie Curtis, Philip Ward, Celia Loneragan, Julia Lappin
OBJECTIVE: Carers of people with psychosis may experience psychological distress and caregiving burden. However, few studies have examined both psychological and physical health of carers of young people with first episode psychosis (FEP). METHOD: A total of 32 young people with FEP and 42 of their carers were recruited from a mental health service. Standardised scales were administered to assess carers' psychological distress and risk for development of Type 2 diabetes...
January 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332145/the-experiences-and-beliefs-of-older-people-in-scottish-very-sheltered-housing-about-using-multi-compartment-compliance-aids
#13
Derek Stewart, Kathrine Gibson Smith, Joan MacLeod, Alison Strath, Vibhu Paudyal, Katrina Forbes-McKay, Scott Cunningham, Katie MacLure
Background Multi-compartment compliance aids (MCAs) are promoted as a potential solution to medicines non-adherence despite the absence of high quality evidence of effectiveness of MCA use impacting medicines adherence or any clinical outcomes. Furthermore, there is a lack of qualitative research which focuses on the perspectives of older people receiving MCAs. Objectives To describe experiences and beliefs surrounding very sheltered housing (VSH) residents' use of MCAs with emphasis on issues of personalisation, reablement, shared decision-making, independence and support...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329713/baseline-and-pre-operative-1-year-mortality-risk-factors-in-a-cohort-of-509-hip-fracture-patients-consecutively-admitted-to-a-co-managed-orthogeriatric-unit-fonda-cohort
#14
Rocío Menéndez-Colino, Teresa Alarcon, Pilar Gotor, Rocío Queipo, Raquel Ramírez-Martín, Angel Otero, Juan I González-Montalvo
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to determine the patient characteristics that predict 1-year mortality after a hip fracture (HF). METHODS: All patients admitted consecutively with fragility HF during 1 year in a co-managed orthogeriatric unit of a university hospital (FONDA cohort) were assesed. Baseline and admission demographic, clinical, functional, analytical and body-composition variables were collected in the first 72 h after admission. A protocol designed to minimize the consequences of the HF was applied...
January 6, 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329196/is-the-skin-absorption-of-hydrocortisone-modified-by-the-variability-in-dosing-topical-products
#15
Daniel A Paterson, Jacqueline Hallier, Elizabeth Jenkins, Sarah F Cordery, M Begoña Delgado-Charro
Fingertip units have been proposed as a tool to standardize topical therapy with semisolid formulations. However, no studies to date have characterized the variability in dosing by patients using this concept and whether this variability ultimately affects the topical absorption of drugs. This work aimed to answer these two questions. A first study determined the dose measured, the area of spread and the area-normalized dose for a 1% hydrocortisone cream and ointment applied by members of the public using this dosing approach before and after brief counselling...
January 12, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328803/parent-pagers-improving-patient-experience-and-efficiency-in-paediatric-pacu
#16
Gogs Byrn
A quality improvement initiative undertaken by the paediatric recovery team at the Leeds Children's Hospital sought to improve patient experience and efficiency by implementing an electronic pager system to contact parents/carers following their child's surgery.
May 2017: Journal of Perioperative Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326817/seating-in-aged-care-physical-fit-independence-and-comfort
#17
Alethea Blackler, Claire Brophy, Maria O'Reilly, Marianella Chamorro-Koc
Objectives: This research was intended to provide a greater understanding of the context and needs of aged care seating, specifically:To conduct an audit of typical chairs used in aged care facilities;To collect data about resident and staff experiences and behaviour around chairs in order to gain a deeper understanding of the exact issues that residents and staff have with the chairs they use at aged care facilities;To identify positive and negative issues influencing use of chairs in aged care facilities;To deliver evidence-based recommendations for the design of chairs for aged care facilities...
2018: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325593/evaluating-the-long-term-impact-of-the-fostering-changes-training-programme-for-foster-carers-in-wales-the-confidence-in-care-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#18
Gwenllian Moody, Lucy Brookes-Howell, Rebecca Cannings-John, Sue Channon, Elinor Coulman, Mandy Lau, Alyson Rees, Jonathan Scourfield, Jeremy Segrott, Michael Robling
BACKGROUND: The Fostering Changes programme was developed by the Adoption and Fostering National Team at the Maudsley Hospital, South London, in conjunction with King's College London. It is a 12-week group-based training programme for foster and kin carers, which aims to build positive relationships between carers and children, encourage positive child behaviour and set appropriate limits, through a practical skills-based approach. The programme also aims to improve foster carers' understanding of the causes of children's social and emotional difficulties and their confidence in applying this knowledge in various situations...
January 11, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324507/determining-when-to-stop-antiepileptic-drug-treatment
#19
Steven C Schachter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the number of patients diagnosed with epilepsy continues to rise and the pharmacological and device-based treatment options for epilepsy increase, determining when to stop antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment continues to be an important issue for patient management and counseling. RECENT FINDINGS: This review focuses on outcomes following AED withdrawal in seizure-free adults with epilepsy. Practical considerations are also discussed because, despite the importance of this topic, relatively little progress has been made in the past year regarding the identification of patients whose risk for recurrent seizures after AED withdrawal is no higher than that of the general population...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322613/forward-view-advancing-health-library-and-knowledge-services-in-england
#20
Sue Lacey Bryant, Helen Bingham, Ruth Carlyle, Alison Day, Linda Ferguson, David Stewart
This article is the fourth in a series on New Directions. The National Health Service is under pressure, challenged to meet the needs of an ageing population, whilst striving to improve standards and ensure decision making is underpinned by evidence. Health Education England is steering a new course for NHS library and knowledge services in England to ensure access to knowledge and evidence for all decision makers. Knowledge for Healthcare calls for service transformation, role redesign, greater coordination and collaboration...
January 10, 2018: Health Information and Libraries Journal
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