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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704826/dialysis-in-the-elderly-and-impact-of-institutionalization-in-the-united-states-renal-data-system
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Amarpali Brar, Mary Mallappallil, Dimitre G Stefanov, David Kau, Moro O Salifu
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that in the very elderly dialysis patients in the United States, institutionalization in nursing homes would increase mortality in addition to age alone. METHODS: Incident dialysis patients from 2001 to 2008 above the age of 70 were included. Patients above 70 were categorized into 4 groups according to age as 70-75, 76-80, 81-85, and >85 years and further divided into institutionalized and noninstitutionalized. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were plotted to assess patient survival...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694691/assessment-of-renal-function-in-geriatric-palliative-care-patients-comparison-of-creatinine-based-estimation-equations
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Ewa Deskur-Smielecka, Aleksandra Kotlinska-Lemieszek, Jerzy Chudek, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis
BACKGROUND: Renal function impairment is common in geriatric palliative care patients. Accurate assessment of renal function is necessary for appropriate drug dosage. Several equations are used to estimate kidney function. AIMS: 1) To investigate the differences (Δ) in kidney function assessed with simplified Modifi-cation of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD), Berlin Initiative Study (BIS1), and Cockcroft-Gault (C-G) formulas in geriatric palliative care patients, and 2) to assess factors that may influence these differences...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655708/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-in-hospital-palliative-care-consultation-among-patients-with-renal-disease-versus-other-serious-illnesses
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Vanessa Grubbs, David O'Riordan, Steve Pantilat
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despite significant morbidity and mortality associated with ESRD, these patients receive palliative care services much less often than patients with other serious illnesses, perhaps because they are perceived as having less need for such services. We compared characteristics and outcomes of hospitalized patients in the United States who had a palliative care consultation for renal disease versus other serious illnesses. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: In this observational study, we used data collected by the Palliative Care Quality Network, a national palliative care quality improvement collaborative...
June 27, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638606/palliative-care-for-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-approach-to-treatment-that-aims-to-improve-quality-of-life-and-relieve-suffering-for-patients-and-families-with-chronic-illnesses
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Amy Rak, Rupesh Raina, Theodore T Suh, Vinod Krishnappa, Jessica Darusz, Charles W Sidoti, Mona Gupta
Providing end-of-life care to patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and/or end-stage renal disease often presents ethical challenges to families and health care providers. However, as the conditions these patients present with are multifaceted in nature, so should be the approach when determining prognosis and treatment strategies for this patient population. Having an interdisciplinary palliative team in place to address any concerns that may arise during conversations related to end-of-life care encourages effective communication between the patient, the family and the medical team...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635159/nutrition-in-renal-supportive-care-patient-driven-and-flexible
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Jessica Stevenson, Anthony Meade, Ann-Maree Randall, Karen Manley, Stephanie Notaras, Susan Heaney, Maria Chan, Alison Smyth, Elizabeth Josland, Frank Brennan, Mark A Brown
Renal Supportive Care is an alternative treatment pathway in advanced Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that is being increasingly adopted, particularly in the elderly. RSC utilises principles of palliative care and has been developed to enhance the care for dialysis patients with a high symptom burden and those being managed on a non-dialysis pathway. Nutrition management is often an under-recognised component of care, and can play an important role in improving patients' quality of life to reduce symptom burden, support physical function and independence and provide appropriate counselling to patients and their families to ensure the goals of RSC are met...
June 20, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629462/treatment-decisions-for-older-adults-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Steven J Rosansky, Jane Schell, Joseph Shega, Jennifer Scherer, Laurie Jacobs, Cecile Couchoud, Deidra Crews, Matthew McNabney
Dialysis initiation rates among older adults, aged 75 years or greater, are increasing at a faster rate than for younger age groups. Older adults with advanced CKD (eGFR < 30 ml/min/1.73 m(2)) typically lose renal function slowly, often suffer from significant comorbidity and thus may die from associated comorbidities before they require dialysis.A patient's pattern of renal function loss over time in relation to their underlying comorbidities can serve as a guide to the probability of a future dialysis requirement...
June 19, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582995/palliative-care-needs-of-patients-living-with-end-stage-kidney-disease-not-treated-with-renal-replacement-therapy-an-exploratory-qualitative-study-from-blantyre-malawi
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Maya J Bates, Alex Chitani, Gavin Dreyer
BACKGROUND: The burden of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) in sub-Saharan Africa is increasing rapidly but the palliative care needs of patients living with ESKD are not well described. Resource limitations at both health system and patient level act as major barriers to patients receiving renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the form of dialysis. We undertook an exploratory qualitative study to describe the palliative care needs of patients with ESKD who were not receiving RRT, at a government teaching hospital in Blantyre, Malawi...
May 29, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566249/is-palliative-care-included-in-care-of-renal-disease
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Ian Blanco-Mavillard
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May 26, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560016/a-case-of-large-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-bladder-with-prolonged-spontaneous-remission
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Vincent Chong, Jonathan Zwi, Fritha Hanning, Remy Lim, Andrew Williams, Jon Cadwallader
Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) of the urinary bladder are rare. We present a case of a 72-year-old man who presented with back pain and acute renal failure. Ultrasound showed a soft tissue mass in the base of the bladder causing bilateral ureteric obstruction. Subsequent biopsy of this mass demonstrated neuroendocrine carcinoma. He was commenced on neoadjuvant chemotherapy (carboplatin/etoposide) and proceeded to a radical cysto-prostatectomy. Histology revealed a LCNEC involving the bladder, T4a with invasion through to adipose tissue and posteriorly at perivesical resection margins...
May 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514888/seeing-is-believing-healthcare-professionals-perceptions-of-a-complex-intervention-to-improve-care-towards-the-end-of-life-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Katherine Bristowe, Irene Carey, Adrian Hopper, Susanna Shouls, Wendy Prentice, Irene J Higginson, Jonathan Koffman
BACKGROUND: Methods to improve care, trust and communication are important in acute hospitals. Complex interventions aimed at improving care of patients approaching the end of life are increasingly common. While evaluating outcomes of complex interventions is essential, exploring healthcare professionals' perceptions is also required to understand how they are interpreted; this can inform training, education and implementation strategies to ensure fidelity and consistency in use. AIM: To explore healthcare professionals' perceptions of using a complex intervention (AMBER care bundle) to improve care for people approaching the end of life and their understandings of its purpose within clinical practice...
May 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499512/the-organ-transplant-imperative
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REVIEW
Wil L Santivasi, Jacob J Strand, Paul S Mueller, Thomas J Beckman
More than 120,000 US patients were listed for solid organ transplants in 2016. Although data are scarce, we suspect that many of these patients will die while awaiting transplant and without engaging in goals-of-care discussions with their physicians. The challenges of addressing goals of care in patients with malignancy, end-stage renal disease, and heart failure have been studied. However, there is sparse literature on addressing goals of care throughout the dynamic process of transplant assessment and listing...
May 10, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481160/single-center-experience-providing-palliative-care-to-pediatric-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease
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Patricia Keefer, Katie Lehmann, Maureen Shanley, Tara Woloszyk, Erin Khang, Kera Luckritz, D'Anna Saul
BACKGROUND: End-stage renal disease (ESRD) affects nearly 1400 new children each year in the United States. Morbidity and mortality rates remain high for pediatric patients with ESRD, including those that have received a renal transplant. OBJECTIVE: To better understand ESRD patients referred to palliative care, including their physical symptoms, topics discussed, and themes emerging during initial palliative care consultation. DESIGN/SUBJECTS: This study is a retrospective chart review of pediatric ESRD patients who received a palliative care consult...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480719/stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-metastases-to-the-kidney-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-new-treatment-paradigm-for-durable-palliation
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Vivek Verma, Charles B Simone
BACKGROUND: Cancer metastasis to the kidney is a rare event; treatment must take into account the associated and unique anatomic and physiological challenges of treating the kidney. Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a widely emerging modality of radiotherapy touted for its ability to minimize irradiation to surrounding tissues and to provide a vastly shortened treatment course that is highly biologically potent. However, the use of SBRT to treat kidney neoplasms has been described in only a few case reports generally for primary renal malignancies...
April 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479774/renal-medullary-carcinoma-with-an-ophthalmic-metastasis
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Christine Ibilibor, Allen Medway, Thomas Nelius
Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a rare, aggressive primary renal malignancy that classically occurs in adolescent males with sickle cell trait and universally presents with metastatic disease at presentation. We report a case of medullary carcinoma in a young man with likely ophthalmic metastasis. We also review relevant literature available to date. The patient is a 20-year-old African-American male with a past medical history significant to for sickle cell trait who presented to the University Medical Center with cough and the right eye pain for 1 month as well as painless gross hematuria for 1 week...
April 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474361/iconnect-ckd-virtual-medical-consulting-a-web-based-chronic-kidney-disease-hypertension-and-diabetes-integrated-care-program
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Ivor J Katz, Saiyini Pirabhahar, Paula Williamson, Vishwas Raghunath, Frank Brennan, Anthony O'Sullivan, George Youssef, Cathie Lane, Gary Jacobson, Peter Feldman, John Kelly
AIMS: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients overwhelm specialist services and can potentially be managed in the primary care (PC). Opportunistic screening of high risk (HR) patients and follow-up in PC is the most sustainable model of care. A 'virtual consultation' (VC) model instead of traditional face to face (F2F) consultations was used, aiming to assess efficacy and safety of the model. METHODS: Seventy patients were recruited from PC sites and hospital clinics, and followed for one year...
May 4, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457746/comparing-the-palliative-care-needs-of-those-with-cancer-to-those-with-common-non-cancer-serious-illness
#16
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)...
June 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437203/using-the-surprise-question-to-identify-those-with-unmet-palliative-care-needs-in-emergency-and-inpatient-settings-what-do-clinicians-think
#17
Samir A Haydar, Lisa Almeder, Lauren Michalakes, Paul K J Han, Tania D Strout
BACKGROUND: The surprise question (SQ), "Would you be surprised if this patient died within the next year?" is effective in identifying end-stage renal disease and cancer patients at high risk of death and therefore potentially unmet palliative care needs. Following implementation of the SQ in our acute care setting, we sought to explore hospital-based providers' perceptions of the tool. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate (1) providers' perceptions regarding the feasibility of SQ use in emergency and inpatient settings, (2) clinician perceptions regarding the utility of the SQ, and (3) barriers to SQ use...
July 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417662/clinician-views-of-patient-decisional-conflict-when-deciding-between-dialysis-and-conservative-management-qualitative-findings-from-the-palliative-care-in-chronic-kidney-disease-packs-study
#18
Helen Noble, Kevin Brazil, Aine Burns, Sarah Hallahan, Charles Normand, Paul Roderick, Colin Thompson, Peter Maxwell, Magdi Yaqoob
BACKGROUND: Only a paucity of studies have addressed clinician perspectives on patient decisional conflict, in making complex decisions between dialysis and conservative management (renal supportive and palliative care). AIM: To explore clinician views on decisional conflict in patients with end-stage kidney disease. DESIGN: Interpretive, qualitative study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: As part of the wider National Institute for Health Research, PAlliative Care in chronic Kidney diSease study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with clinicians (nephrologists n = 12; 7 female and clinical nurse specialists n = 15; 15 female) across 10 renal centres in the United Kingdom...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413896/congenital-malformations-palliative-care-and-postnatal-redirection-to-more-intensive-treatment-a-review-at-a-swiss-tertiary-center
#19
Ulrich Pfeifer, Deborah Gubler, Eva Bergstraesser, Dirk Bassler
PURPOSE: The so-called lethal malformations pose ethical challenges. Most affected fetuses die before or at birth. Live-born neonates commonly receive palliative care. If the postnatal course is better than expected, redirection towards more treatment may occur. We aimed to analyze this in a Swiss patient cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over 6 years, fetal malformation was suspected in 1113 cases. We identified patients prenatally assigned to palliative care, assessed pre- and postnatal diagnoses, and outcomes...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384214/care-of-cancer-patients-at-the-end-of-life-in-a-german-university-hospital-a-retrospective-observational-study-from-2014
#20
Burkhard Dasch, Helen Kalies, Berend Feddersen, Caecilie Ruderer, Wolfgang Hiddemann, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: Cancer care including aggressive treatment procedures during the last phase of life in patients with incurable cancer has increasingly come under scrutiny, while integrating specialist palliative care at an early stage is regarded as indication for high quality end-of-life patient care. AIM: To describe the demographic and clinical characteristics and the medical care provided at the end of life of cancer patients who died in a German university hospital...
2017: PloS One
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