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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220369/severe-head-injury-in-very-old-patients-to-treat-or-not-to-treat-results-of-an-online-questionnaire-for-neurosurgeons
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Claudia Unterhofer, Sebastian Hartmann, Christian F Freyschlag, Claudius Thomé, Martin Ortler
Due to the aging population, neurosurgeons are confronted with an increasing number of very old patients suffering from traumatic brain injury. Many of these patients present with an acute subdural hematoma. There is a lack of data on neurosurgical decision-making in elderly people. We investigated the importance of imaging criteria, patients' wishes, their surrogates' wishes, and patient demographics on treatment decisions chosen by neurosurgeons. An online questionnaire was sent to all German neurosurgical units via the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC)...
February 20, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205339/doing-it-hard-in-the-bush-aligning-what-gets-measured-with-what-matters
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Malcolm I McDonald, Kenny D Lawson
What gets measured gets managed. Funding of health services is substantially determined by operational activity and specific outcome indicators. In day-to-day clinical decision-making, surrogate markers, such as glycosylated haemoglobin and blood pressure, are commonly used to modify risks of 'hard' outcomes that include kidney failure, ischaemic cardiac events, stroke and all-cause mortality. In many settings, surrogates are all we have to go on. As a consequence, current health funding models heavily rely on surrogate-based key performance indicators [KPIs]...
February 16, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187812/family-discussions-on-life-sustaining-interventions-in-neurocritical-care
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M M Adil, D Larriviere
Approximately 20% of all deaths in the USA occur in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the majority of ICU deaths involves decision of de-escalation of life-sustaining interventions. Life-sustaining interventions may include intubation and mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition and hydration, antibiotic treatment, brain surgery, or vasoactive support. Decision making about goals of care can be defined as an end-of-life communication and the decision-making process between a clinician and a patient (or a surrogate decision maker if the patient is incapable) in an institutional setting to establish a plan of care...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185120/-one-for-sorrow-two-for-joy-american-embryo-transfer-guideline-recommendations-practices-and-outcomes-for-gestational-surrogate-patients
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Pamela M White
In January 2016, Melissa Cook, a California gestational surrogate experiencing a multiple-birth pregnancy following the in vitro fertilization (IVF) transfer of three embryos comprised of donor eggs and sperm provided by the intended father, went to the media when the intended father requested that she undergo a fetal reduction because twins were less expensive to raise than triplets. Much of the legal interest in this case to date has centered on the enforceability of surrogacy contracts. However, the Cook case also raises troubling issues about fertility treatment practices involving gestational surrogates, twin preference, and third-party reproduction medical decision-making...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144974/thinking-about-the-patient-s-wishes-practical-wisdom-of-discharge-planning-nurses-in-assisting-surrogate-decision-making
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Yoko Kageyama, Midori Asano
BACKGROUND: The accelerating trend towards shorter hospital stays in Japan has made modes of decision-making essential for effective patient transition from the hospital to recuperation in the regional community, and the ageing of the population has brought a rise in surrogate decision-making by the families of patients lacking decision-making ('self-decision') capacity. AIM: To verbalise and elucidate the practical wisdom of discharge planning nurses by focusing on the perceptions and judgements, they apply in practice and describing their methodology in concrete terms...
January 31, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133991/readiness-to-participate-in-advance-care-planning-a-qualitative-study-of-renal-failure-patients-families-and-healthcare-providers
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Lauren A Hutchison, Donna S Raffin-Bouchal, Charlotte A Syme, Patricia D Biondo, Jessica E Simon
Objectives Advance care planning is the process by which people reflect upon their wishes and values for healthcare, discuss their choices with family and friends and document their wishes. Readiness represents a key predictor of advance care planning participation; however, the evidence for addressing readiness is scarce within the renal failure context. Our objectives were to assess readiness for advance care planning and barriers and facilitators to advance care planning uptake in a renal context. Methods Twenty-five participants (nine patients, nine clinicians and seven family members) were recruited from the Southern Alberta Renal Program...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128641/incongruent-perceptions-of-the-care-values-of-hospitalized-persons-with-dementia-a-pilot-study-of-patient-family-caregiver-dyads
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Lyndsey M Miller, Carol J Whitlatch, Christopher S Lee, Karen S Lyons
OBJECTIVE: Many difficult decisions are made in the inpatient hospital setting regarding the daily care of persons with dementia (PWDs). Incongruent perceptions of the PWD's care values limit the family caregiver's ability to make surrogate decisions. The objectives of this pilot study were to describe and identify determinants of incongruent perceptions in the hospital setting. METHODS: Using multilevel modeling (MLM), we examined cross-sectional data collected from 42 PWD-family caregiver dyads...
January 27, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118824/factors-that-influence-advance-directives-completion-amongst-terminally-ill-patients-at-a-tertiary-hospital-in-kenya
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Stephen Omondi, John Weru, Asim Jamal Shaikh, Gerald Yonga
BACKGROUND: An advance directive (AD) is a written or verbal document that legally stipulates a person's health care preference while they are competent to make decisions for themselves and is used to guide decisions on life-sustaining treatment in the event that they become incapacitated. AD can take the form of a living will, a limitation of care document, a do-not-resuscitate order, or an appointment of a surrogate by durable power of attorney. The completion rate of AD varies from region to region, and it is influenced by multiple factors...
January 25, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118228/efficacy-of-a-procedure-specific-education-module-on-informed-consent-in-plastic-surgery
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Michael G Brandel, Christopher M Reid, Nisha Parmeshwar, Marek K Dobke, Amanda A Gosman
INTRODUCTION: Truly informed consent is an elusive goal, seldom attained in medical or surgical practice. Patients often do not fully understand procedures and therapies they undergo or the associated sequelae. Historically, informed consent and patient education have been limited to physician discussions, sometimes with the addition of simple visual aids. More recently, there is a growing body of decision aids available, including interactive multimedia patient educational modules that review preoperative through postoperative care, risks, benefits, alternatives, different surgical options, as well as commonly asked questions...
January 23, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116974/clinical-evidence-supporting-us-food-and-drug-administration-approval-of-otolaryngologic-prescription-drug-indications-2005-2014
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Vinay K Rathi, Bo Wang, Joseph S Ross, Nicholas S Downing, Aaron S Kesselheim, Stacey T Gray
Objective The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves indications for prescription drugs based on premarket pivotal clinical studies designed to demonstrate safety and efficacy. We characterized the pivotal studies supporting FDA approval of otolaryngologic prescription drug indications. Study Design Retrospective cross-sectional analysis. Setting Publicly available FDA documents. Subjects Recently approved (2005-2014) prescription drug indications for conditions treated by otolaryngologists or their multidisciplinary teams...
January 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104597/preferences-about-information-and-decision-making-among-older-patients-with-and-without-cancer
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Elena Paillaud, Florence Canoui-Poitrine, Gwenaelle Varnier, Narges Anfasi-Ebadi, Ester Guery, Olivier Saint-Jean, Mathilde Gisselbrecht, Thomas Aparicio, Sylvie Bastuji-Garin, Marie Laurent, Philippe Caillet
BACKGROUND: information of older patients with cancer is crucial to ensure optimal care. OBJECTIVES: to compare older patients with and without cancer regarding their preferences about medical information, decision-making and surrogate designation. DESIGN: an intention-to-act questionnaire was completed by patients ≥70 y enroled in the ELderly CAncer PAtients cohort between January and June 2013 and by patients in the same age group enroled in a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2005 in acute geriatric wards...
January 18, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074589/on-patient-well-being-and-professional-authority
#12
Mildred Z Solomon
Two papers in this issue address the limits of surrogates' authority when making life-and-death decisions for dying family members or friends. Using palliative sedation as an example, Jeffrey Berger offers a conceptual argument for bounding surrogate authority. Since freedom from pain is an essential interest, when imminently dying, cognitively incapacitated patients are in duress and their symptoms are not manageable in any other way, clinicians should be free to offer palliative sedation without surrogate consent, although assent should be sought and every effort made to work with surrogates as harmoniously as possible...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074586/the-theory-and-practice-of-surrogate-decision-making
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David Wendler
When a patient lacks decision-making capacity and has not left a clear advance directive, there is now widespread agreement that patient-designated and next-of-kin surrogates should implement substituted judgment within a process of shared decision-making. Specifically, after discussing the "best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient's values, goals, and preferences" with the patient's clinicians, the patient-designated or next-of-kin surrogate should attempt to determine what decision the patient would have made in the circumstances...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074585/a-good-death
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Tia Powell, Adira Hulkower
A good death is hard to find. Family members tell us that loved ones die in the wrong place-the hospital-and do not receive high-quality care at the end of life. This issue of the Hastings Center Report offers two articles from authors who strive to provide good end-of-life care and to prevent needless suffering. We agree with their goals, but we have substantial reservations about the approaches they recommend. Respect for the decisions of patients and their surrogates is a relatively new and still vulnerable aspect of medical care...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074584/the-limits-of-surrogates-moral-authority-and-physician-professionalism-can-the-paradigm-of-palliative-sedation-be-instructive
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Jeffrey T Berger
With narrow exception, physicians' treatment of incapacitated patients requires the consent of health surrogates. Although the decision-making authority of surrogates is appropriately broad, their moral authority is not without limits. Discerning these bounds is particularly germane to ethically complex treatments and has important implications for the welfare of patients, for the professional integrity of clinicians, and, in fact, for the welfare of surrogates. Palliative sedation is one such complex treatment; as such, it provides a valuable model for analyzing the scope of surrogates' moral authority...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074578/managing-conflicts-between-physicians-and-surrogates
#16
Carol Bayley
Two articles in this issue of the Hastings Center Report explore two sides of the same problematic coin. In "The Limits of Surrogates' Moral Authority and Physician Professionalism," Jeffrey Berger discusses the moral problem of a surrogate refusing a treatment, palliative sedation, on behalf of a patient whose suffering is refractory to intensive palliative efforts provided by a multidisciplinary team. In "After the DNR: Surrogates Who Persist in Requesting Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation," Ellen Robinson and her colleagues analyze data from a study of cases in which physicians wished not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on patients whom they thought it would harm...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074576/decisions-and-authority
#17
Gregory E Kaebnick
This issue of the Hastings Center Report (January-February 2017) features three articles exploring aspects of decision-making for others. In the first two, the focus is on the limits of surrogate decision-makers' authority when the surrogates' judgments about a patient's treatment conflict with the physicians'. If a physician decides that a patient will not benefit from CPR, for example, but the patient's surrogate insists on it, is the physician obliged to proceed with the procedure? Or can the physician, pointing to a duty to provide good care to the patient and not to cause the patient to suffer, get a do-not-resuscitate order for the patient-even in the face of the surrogate's objections? These are the questions that animate the first article, in which a group of authors report on a policy implemented at Massachusetts General Hospital to help doctors who face this dilemma...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062339/defining-advance-care-planning-for-adults-a-consensus-definition-from-a-multidisciplinary-delphi-panel
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Rebecca L Sudore, Hillary D Lum, John J You, Laura C Hanson, Diane E Meier, Steven Z Pantilat, Daniel D Matlock, Judith A C Rietjens, Ida J Korfage, Christine S Ritchie, Jean S Kutner, Joan M Teno, Judy Thomas, Ryan D McMahan, Daren K Heyland
BACKGROUND: Despite increasing interest in advance care planning (ACP) and prior ACP descriptions, a consensus definition does not yet exist to guide clinical, research, and policy initiatives. OBJECTIVE: To develop a consensus definition of ACP for adults. DESIGN: Delphi Panel SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Participants included a multidisciplinary panel of international ACP experts consisting of 52 clinicians, researchers, and policy leaders from 4 countries, and a patient/surrogate advisory committee...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061041/other-ways-of-knowing
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Negin Hajizadeh, Melissa J Basile, Andrzej Kozikowski, Meredith Akerman, Tara Liberman, Thomas McGinn, Michael A Diefenbach
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may suffer severe respiratory exacerbations and need to decide between accepting life-sustaining treatments versus foregoing these treatments (choosing comfort care only). We designed the InformedTogether decision aid to inform this decision and describe results of a pilot study to assess usability focusing on participants' trust in the content of the decision aid, acceptability, recommendations for improvement, and emotional reactions to this emotionally laden decision...
December 1, 2016: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012054/licensing-surrogate-decision-makers
#20
Philip M Rosoff
As medical technology continues to improve, more people will live longer lives with multiple chronic illnesses with increasing cumulative debilitation, including cognitive dysfunction. Combined with the aging of society in most developed countries, an ever-growing number of patients will require surrogate decision-makers. While advance care planning by patients still capable of expressing their preferences about medical interventions and end-of-life care can improve the quality and accuracy of surrogate decisions, this is often not the case, not infrequently leading to demands for ineffective, inappropriate and prolonged interventions...
December 23, 2016: HEC Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Hospitals' Ethical and Legal Issues
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