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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153752/hospice-care-for-patients-with-dementia-in-the-united-states-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Aline De Vleminck, R Sean Morrison, Diane E Meier, Melissa D Aldridge
BACKGROUND: Patients with dementia form an increasing proportion of those entering hospice care. Little is known about the types of hospices serving patients with dementia and the patterns of hospice use, including timing of hospice disenrollment between patients with and without dementia. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the hospices that serve patients with dementia, to compare patterns of hospice disenrollment for patients with dementia and without dementia, and to evaluate patient-level and hospice-level characteristics associated with hospice disenrollment...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130378/the-experiences-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-and-caregivers-presenting-to-emergency-departments-a-qualitative-study
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Jennifer Philip, Cheryl Remedios, Sibilah Breen, Tracey Weiland, Lisa Willenberg, Mark Boughey, George Jelinek, Heather Lane, Claudia Marck, Jennifer Weil
BACKGROUND: Despite being a common event in the course of an advanced cancer illness, there is little understanding of patients' perceptions of hospital Emergency Department presentations. AIM: To explore the experiences and perceptions of Emergency Departments held by patients with advanced cancer and their informal caregivers. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study involving semi-structured interviews with advanced cancer patients and their informal caregivers...
October 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123340/the-palliative-performance-scale-predicts-survival-among-emergency-department-patients-minia-egypt
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Amany Edward Seedhom, Nashwa Nabil Kamal
Background: Emergency department (ED) physicians provide care to patients with a wide range of prognoses, and must develop care plans that anticipate patient's survival. However, the tools available to guide care planning had limited data to support their use. There is a new concern to understand if palliative care (PC) should be offered in the ED and the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS), a screening tool used in other settings in PC, has been little used in the ED. Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the prognostic value of the PPS in predicting 1, 3 and 6 months survival in patients admitted through the ED...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105289/predictors-of-care-for-patients-with-cancer-of-unknown-primary-site-in-three-australian-hospitals
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Simon Y S Tan, Siobhan O'Neill, David Goldstein, Robyn L Ward, Benjamin Daniels, Claire M Vajdic
AIM: Cancer of unknown primary site (CUP) is a medically challenging malignancy with a poor prognosis. We describe an incident tertiary CUP patient cohort and identify factors predictive of specific types of health care. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 217 patients diagnosed with CUP (2006-2011) in three public hospitals in New South Wales, Australia. We systematically abstracted data and performed multivariable logistic regression to identify factors predictive of tumor biopsy, surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and palliative care...
November 3, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29088916/managing-pain-in-patients-with-chronic-medical-illnesses-and-serious-mental-illnesses
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Sean O'Mahony, Steven Bines, James Gerhart, Erin Bagwell, McHugh Marlene, Ariel Card
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the use of opioid treatment plans that included the implementation of opioid dependence risk with a validated screening tool and opioid dependence risk tool (UDT) in a noncancer palliative pain clinic. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records for diagnostic information, information on analgesic medications, daily morphine equivalent dose, presence of pain management agreements and opioid dependence risk tools (ORT), and UDT...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033602/early-in-hospital-clinical-deterioration-is-not-predicted-by-severity-of-illness-functional-status-or-comorbidity
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Janice Wang, Stella S Hahn, Myriam Kline, Rubin I Cohen
BACKGROUND: Prior studies concentrated on unplanned intensive care unit (ICU) transfer to gauge deterioration occurring shortly following hospital admission. However, examining only ICU transfers is not ideal since patients could stabilize with treatment, refuse ICU admission, or not require ICU evaluation. To further explore etiologies of early clinical deterioration, we used rapid response team (RRT) activation within 48 hours of admission as an index of early clinical worsening. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of prospectively gathered admissions from the emergency department in an academic medical center was done...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019887/factors-predicting-a-home-death-among-home-palliative-care-recipients
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Ming-Chung Ko, Sheng-Jean Huang, Chu-Chieh Chen, Yu-Ping Chang, Hsin-Yi Lien, Jia-Yi Lin, Lin-Chung Woung, Shang-Yih Chan
Awareness of factors affecting the place of death could improve communication between healthcare providers and patients and their families regarding patient preferences and the feasibility of dying in the preferred place.This study aimed to evaluate factors predicting home death among home palliative care recipients.This is a population-based study using a national representative sample retrieved from the National Health Insurance Research Database. Subjects receiving home palliative care, from 2010 to 2012, were analyzed to evaluate the association between a home death and various characteristics related to illness, individual, and health care utilization...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987298/palliative-care-symptom-management-in-the-emergency-department-the-abc-s-of-symptom-management-for-the-emergency-physician
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Mari Siegel, Suzanne Bigelow
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is a rapidly evolving area of emergency medicine. With an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 baby boomers per day reaching retirement age, emergency departments (EDs) are treating more patients with chronic and serious disease. Palliative care offers comprehensive care for patients with advanced medical illness, aims to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life, and plays an important role in caring for these patients in the ED. OBJECTIVES: We sought to increase the emergency physician's knowledge of and comfort with symptom control in palliative and hospice patients...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846475/the-surprise-question-asked-of-emergency-physicians-may-predict-12-month-mortality-among-older-emergency-department-patients
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Kei Ouchi, Guru Jambaulikar, Naomi R George, Wanlu Xu, Ziad Obermeyer, Emily L Aaronson, Jeremiah D Schuur, Mara A Schonberg, James A Tulsky, Susan D Block
BACKGROUND: Identification of older adults with serious illness (life expectancy less than one year) who may benefit from serious illness conversations or other palliative care interventions in the emergency department (ED) is difficult. OBJECTIVES: To assess the performance of the "surprise question (SQ)" asked of emergency physicians to predict 12-month mortality. DESIGN: We asked attending emergency physician "Would you be surprised whether this patient died in the next 12 months?" regarding patients ≥65 years old that they had cared for that shift...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832240/-was-it-worth-it-intrathecal-analgesia-for-cancer-pain-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-views-of-family-carers
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Nishi Patel, Melanie Huddart, Helen Makins, Theresa Mitchell, Jane L Gibbins, Juan Graterol, Deborah Stevens, Paul Perkins
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is known to reduce pain in patients where conventional systemic analgesia has been ineffective or intolerable. However, there is little information regarding the effects of intrathecal drug delivery on quality of life and function in those with advanced, incurable cancer. AIM: Retrospective exploration of the views of bereaved carers regarding the physical and psychosocial effects of external tunnelled intrathecal drug delivery in patients with advanced incurable cancer...
August 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813627/the-impact-on-resource-utilization-of-supportive-care-consults-on-patients-at-the-university-of-north-carolina-hospital-2010-2012
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Kristen Westfall, Dominic Moore, Matthew Meeneghan, Sandra Jarr, John Valgus, Stephen Bernard
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients have a high rate of emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient hospitalizations (IHs) that may be reduced by use of outpatient palliative care services. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the outpatient adult palliative care service at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital, begun in 2008, reduced the frequency of ED visits and IH during a two-year period. DESIGN: The charts of patients with lung cancer or head and neck cancer seen by the supportive care service from 2010 to 2011, and of a contemporaneous set of potential consults that were not seen, were retrospectively reviewed to determine the impact of this care delivery model...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804066/like-pulling-teeth-expanding-the-oral-health-workforce-by-training-physicians-in-dental-extractions
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Lisa Simon, Stephen Martin
In the United States, vulnerable populations at highest risk for poor oral health are more likely to visit a physician than a dentist. Patients in acute dental pain often present to hospital emergency departments or primary care offices where only palliative care is available. While numerous measures to improve oral health access in the United States are necessary, the authors propose that physician training incorporate techniques in dental diagnosis and primary dental care, including extraction where indicated, to allow providers to deliver definitive dental measures to patients unable to access the dental health care system...
2017: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796559/improvements-in-patient-and-health-system-outcomes-using-an-integrated-oncology-and-palliative-medicine-approach-on-a-solid-tumor-inpatient-service
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Richard F Riedel, Kim Slusser, Steve Power, Christopher A Jones, Thomas W LeBlanc, Arif H Kamal, Devi Desai, Deborah Allen, Yinxi Yu, Steven Wolf, Anthony N Galanos
PURPOSE: Early palliative care (PC) improves outcomes for outpatients with advanced cancer. Its effect on hospitalized patients with cancer is unknown. Herein, we report on the influence of a novel, fully integrated inpatient medical oncology and PC partnership at a tertiary medical center during its first year of implementation. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, longitudinal, pre- and postintervention cohort study at Duke University Hospital. Pre- and postintervention cohorts were defined as all patients admitted to the solid tumor inpatient service from September 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, and September 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, respectively...
September 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754440/to-intubate-or-not-to-intubate-emergency-medicine-physicians-perspective-on-intubating-critically-ill-terminal-cancer-patients
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Kenneth Kim, Bharath Chakravarthy, Craig Anderson, Solomon Liao
CONTEXT: Emergency physicians (EPs) often need to make a decision whether or not to intubate a terminal cancer patient. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore EPs' attitudes about intubating critically ill, terminal cancer patients. METHODS: Fifty EPs at three emergency departments (one university based, one community, and one Health Maintenance Organization) in Southern California participated in an anonymous survey that presented a hypothetical case of an end-stage lung cancer patient in pending respiratory failure...
November 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721899/gaps-in-radiation-therapy-awareness-results-from-an-educational-multi-institutional-survey-of-us-internal-medicine-residents
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Narek Shaverdian, Sun Mi Yoo, Ryan Cook, Eric M Chang, Naomi Jiang, Ye Yuan, Kiri Sandler, Michael Steinberg, Percy Lee
PURPOSE: Internists and primary care providers play a growing role in cancer care. We therefore evaluated the awareness of radiation therapy in general and specifically the clinical utility of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) among current US internal medicine residents. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A web-based institutional review board-approved multi-institutional survey was distributed to US internal medicine residency programs...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646590/randomized-controlled-double-blind-trial-comparing-haloperidol-combined-with-conventional-therapy-to-conventional-therapy-alone-in-patients-with-symptomatic-gastroparesis
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Carlos J Roldan, Kimberly A Chambers, Linda Paniagua, Sonali Patel, Marylou Cardenas-Turanzas, Yashwant Chathampally
OBJECTIVE: Gastroparesis is a debilitating condition that causes nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Management includes analgesics and antiemetics, but symptoms are often refractory. Haloperidol has been utilized in the palliative care setting for similar symptoms. The study objective was to determine whether haloperidol as an adjunct to conventional therapy would improve symptoms in gastroparesis patients presenting to the emergency department (ED). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of adult ED patients with acute exacerbation of previously diagnosed gastroparesis...
June 24, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547207/role-of-out-of-hours-primary-care-service-in-limiting-inappropriate-access-to-emergency-department
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Andrea Posocco, Maria Paola Scapinello, Irene De Ronch, Francesco Castrogiovanni, Gianluca Lollo, Guglielmo Sergi, Iginio Tomaselli, Loris Tonon, Marco Solmi, Daniele Pescador, Elena Battistuz, Stefano Traversa, Vincenzo Zambianco, Nicola Veronese
Out of hours (OOH) doctors can have an important gate-keeping role over the access to the emergency department (ED), but the outcome and the quality of their ED referrals have been poorly studied. We aimed to investigate the outcome of patients referred to ED from OOH service and the determinants of admission or short-stay dispositions. We collected retrospectively data about referrals to ED from a local OOH service in the north-east of Italy using the OOH paper register and the ED electronic database, over the period of 01/10/2012 to 31/03/2013...
May 25, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489813/implementing-a-novel-model-for-hospice-and-palliative-care-in-the-emergency-department-an-experience-from-a-tertiary-medical-center-in-taiwan
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Tzu-Chieh Weng, Ya-Chun Yang, Ping-Jen Chen, Wen-Fu Kuo, Wei-Lin Wang, Ya-Ting Ke, Chien-Chin Hsu, Kao-Chang Lin, Chien-Cheng Huang, Hung-Jung Lin
Hospice and palliative care has been recognized as an essential part of emergency medicine; however, there is no consensus on the optimal model for the delivery of hospice and palliative care in the emergency department (ED). Therefore, we conducted a novel implementation in a tertiary medical center in Taiwan. In the preintervention period, we recruited a specialist for hospice and palliative medicine in the ED to lead our intervention. In the early stage of the intervention, starting on July 1, 2014, we encouraged and funded ED physicians and nurses to receive training for hospice and palliative medicine and residents of emergency medicine to rotate to the hospice ward...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472598/supportive-cardiology-moving-palliative-care-upstream-for-patients-living-with-advanced-heart-failure
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Warren Harris Lewin, Wendy Cheung, A Nina Horvath, Shana Haberman, Archna Patel, Dorothy Sullivan
Heart failure (HF) affects ∼600,000 Canadians and is a chronic, life-limiting illness marked by exacerbations of distressing symptoms requiring acute medical management, typically sought in Canada's emergency departments. HF often has an unpredictable illness trajectory and is a chronic terminal illness with a poor prognosis. Patients living with advanced HF have difficulty in accessing palliative care (PC) supports, which can result in unnecessary suffering as their HF progresses and they near end of life (EOL)...
October 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453361/trends-in-hospital-utilization-and-costs-among-pediatric-palliative-care-recipients
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Prasanna Ananth, Patrice Melvin, Jay G Berry, Joanne Wolfe
OBJECTIVE AND BACKGROUND: Few previous studies have explored how pediatric palliative care (PPC) influences hospital utilization. We evaluated this among PPC recipients in a single center. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 109 patients ≥2 years of age who received PPC consultation at a large quaternary children's hospital from April 2009 to September 2010. We assessed frequencies of hospital admissions and emergency department (ED) visits, use of intensive interventions, and hospital costs...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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