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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351343/minority-race-and-male-sex-as-risk-factors-for-non-beneficial-gastrostomy-tube-placements-after-stroke
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Roland Faigle, Joseph A Carrese, Lisa A Cooper, Victor C Urrutia, Rebecca F Gottesman
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes are widely used for enteral feeding after stroke; however, PEG tubes placed in patients in whom death is imminent are considered non-beneficial. AIM: We sought to determine whether placement of non-beneficial PEG tubes differs by race and sex. DESIGN AND SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: In this retrospective cohort study, inpatient admissions for stroke patients who underwent palliative/withdrawal of care, were discharged to hospice, or died during the hospitalization, were identified from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample between 2007 and 2011...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349518/checkpoint-inhibitors-palliative-care-or-hospice
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REVIEW
Mellar P Davis, Rajiv Panikkar
PURPOSE: Checkpoint (CTLA-4, PD-1, and PD-L1) inhibitors have changed the face of oncology. A subset of patients enjoys long, gratifying treatment responses. Unfortunately, most patients do not respond even when expressing favorably markers such as PD-L1. Checkpoint inhibitors are largely palliative (though a subset have long-term cancer responses) and as such patient-related outcome measures should be included when evaluating benefits. The purpose of this review is to place checkpoint inhibitor trials within a palliation context...
January 19, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346354/compassion-from-a-palliative-care-perspective
#3
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/29345756/clinical-intentions-of-antibiotics-prescribed-upon-discharge-to-hospice-care
#4
Sarah A Servid, Brie N Noble, Erik K Fromme, Jon P Furuno
OBJECTIVES: To better understand the clinical intentions for antibiotic prescribing upon discharge from acute care to hospice care. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Five hundred forty-four-bed academic, acute-care, tertiary referral hospital in Portland, Oregon. PARTICIPANTS: Adults (≥18) who received an outpatient prescription for antibiotics on discharge from an acute care hospital to hospice care between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011 (N = 149)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343167/a-cluster-randomised-feasibility-trial-of-clinically-assisted-hydration-in-cancer-patients-in-the-last-days-of-life
#5
Andrew N Davies, Melanie Waghorn, Katherine Webber, Sigurd Johnsen, Jeewaka Mendis, Julia Boyle
BACKGROUND: The provision of clinically assisted hydration at the end-of-life is one of the most contentious issues in medicine. AIM: The aim of this feasibility study was to answer the question 'can a definitive (adequately powered) study be done?' DESIGN: The study was a cluster randomised trial, with sites randomised on a one-to-one basis to intervention 'A' (regular mouth care and usual other care) or intervention 'B' (clinically assisted hydration, mouth care and usual other care)...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343085/a-lack-of-systemic-absorption-following-the-repeated-application-of-topical-quetiapine-in-healthy-adults
#6
Bryce Kayhart, Maria I Lapid, Sarah Nelson, Julie L Cunningham, Virginia H Thompson, Jonathan G Leung
In the absence of suitable oral or intravenous access for medication administration and when the intramuscular medications are undesirable, alternative routes for drug delivery may be considered. Antipsychotics administered via an inhaled, intranasal, rectal, or topical route have been described in the literature. Topically administered antipsychotics have been previously reported to produce negligible systemic absorption despite being used in clinical practice for nausea and behavioral symptoms associated with dementia...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341836/a-cohort-study-of-patient-reported-outcomes-and-healthcare-utilization-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients-receiving-active-cancer-therapy-in-the-last-six-months-of-life
#7
Jared R Lowe, Yinxi Yu, Steven Wolf, Greg Samsa, Thomas W LeBlanc
BACKGROUND: Evidence about the unique palliative care needs of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is limited. Improving the care of these patients will require a better understanding of their unmet needs, including symptom burden at the end of life, and patterns of healthcare utilization. OBJECTIVE: To describe AML patients' experiences in the last six months of life regarding symptom burden, blood product utilization, and use of palliative care services...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334468/lgbtq-inclusive-hospice-and-palliative-care-transforming-professional-practice
#8
Henry H Ng
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January 15, 2018: LGBT Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331475/end-of-life-care-for-patients-with-advanced-kidney-disease-in-the-us-veterans-affairs-health-care-system-2000-2011
#9
Susan P Y Wong, Margaret K Yu, Pamela K Green, Chuan-Fen Liu, Paul L Hebert, Ann M O'Hare
BACKGROUND: Little is known about patterns of end-of-life care for patients with advanced kidney disease not treated with maintenance dialysis. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: A sample of 14,071 patients with sustained estimated glomerular filtration rates < 15mL/min/1.73m2 treated in the US Veterans Affairs health care system who died during 2000 to 2011. Before death, 12,756 of these patients had been treated with dialysis, 503 had been discussing and/or preparing for dialysis therapy, and for 812, there had been a decision not to pursue dialysis therapy...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329691/communication-disparity-between-bereaved-and-others-what-hurts-them-and-what-is-unhelpful-a-nationwide-study-of-the-cancer-bereaved
#10
EMayumi Ishida, Hideki Onishi, Tatsuya Morita, Yosuke Uchitomi, Megumi Shimizu, Satoru Tsuneto, Yasuo Shima, Mitsunori Miyashita
CONTEXT: The importance of communication between the cancer bereaved and others has been emphasized, but little is known about the more problematic aspects of this communication such as "unhelpful communication". OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to establish which types of communication are perceived by the bereaved to be unhelpful. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, anonymous, nationwide survey at 103 certified hospice facilities/palliative care units in Japan...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325534/increasing-trend-in-hospital-deaths-consistent-among-older-decedents-in-korea-a-population-based-study-using-death-registration-database-2001-2014
#11
Tran Thi Xuan Mai, Eunsook Lee, Hyunsoon Cho, Yoon Jung Chang
BACKGROUND: With improvement in hospice palliative care services and long-term care, Republic of Korea (hereafter South Korea) has recorded significant changes in places of death (e.g., hospital, home), especially among older adults. Over the last few decades, the most common places of death in South Korea were hospitals. However, Koreans, especially older adults, reportedly prefer to receive terminal care and eventually die at home. This study was conducted to investigate trends in places of death among older Korean adults and factors associated therewith...
January 11, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325441/five-year-experience-of-an-inpatient-palliative-care-unit-at-an-academic-referral-center
#12
Myrick C Shinall, Sara F Martin, Jill Nelson, Richard S Miller, Matthew W Semler, Eli E Zimmerman, Christy C Noblit, E Wesley Ely, Mohana Karlekar
BACKGROUND: Palliative care units (PCUs) staffed by specialty-trained physicians and nurses have been established in a number of medical centers. The purpose of this study is to review the 5-year experience of a PCU at a large, urban academic referral center. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed a prospectively collected database of all admissions to the PCU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the first 5 years of its existence, from 2012 through 2017. RESULTS: Over these 5 years, there were 3321 admissions to the PCU...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323766/acupuncture-in-hospice-settings-a-qualitative-exploration-of-patients-experiences
#13
P McPhail, H Sandhu, J Dale, S Stewart-Brown
Whilst acupuncture has the potential to impact on many aspects of health and well-being, including end-of-life care, there is little research regarding patients' experiences of its effects within the context of palliative care in hospice settings. The aim of this study was to address this gap, by exploring patients' experiences of acupuncture within this setting. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of eighteen patients who had received acupuncture as part of hospice care. Transcription of data, with thematic analysis, identified two overarching themes: (1) participant perceptions of the effects of acupuncture including pain control, improved physical and emotional health, spiritual well-being and awareness of health as a holistic phenomenon; and (2) factors which participants believed enabled acupuncture to have these effects including the quality of the practitioner relationship, engagement of participants in the process of their treatment and prior expectations that acupuncture could work...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320874/german-version-of-the-inventory-of-motivations-for-hospice-palliative-care-volunteerism-are-there-gender-differences
#14
Eva-Maria Stelzer, Frieder R Lang, Melanie Hörl, Stefan T Kamin, Stephen Claxton-Oldfield
The present study examined gender differences in motivations for volunteering for hospice using a German version of the Inventory of Motivations for Hospice Palliative Care Volunteerism (IMHPCV). The IMHPCV was translated into German and back-translated into English following the World Health Organization's guidelines for the translation and adaptation of instruments. In an online survey, 599 female and 127 male hospice volunteers from hospice organizations throughout Germany completed the translated version of the IMHPCV, the Scales of the Attitude Structure of Volunteers as well as questions pertaining to their volunteer experience...
February 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314264/a-practical-guide-for-the-care-of-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-near-the-end-of-life
#15
Amar D Bansal, Jane O Schell
Most patients who rely on dialysis for treatment of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) never receive a kidney transplant. Therefore, it is important for nephrology providers to feel comfortable discussing the role of dialysis near the end of life (EOL). Advance care planning (ACP) is an ongoing process of learning patient values and goals in an effort to outline preferences for current and future care. This review presents a framework for how to incorporate ACP in the care of dialysis patients throughout the kidney disease course and at the EOL...
January 3, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29308990/change-in-va-community-living-centers-2004-2011-shifting-long-term-care-to-the-community
#16
Kali S Thomas, Danielle Cote, Rajesh Makineni, Orna Intrator, Bruce Kinosian, Ciaran S Phibbs, Susan M Allen
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is facing pressures to rebalance its long-term care system. Using VA administrative data from 2004-2011, we describe changes in the VA's nursing homes (called Community Living Centers [CLCs]) following enactment of directives intended to shift CLCs' focus from providing long-term custodial care to short-term rehabilitative and post-acute care, with safe and timely discharge to the community. However, a concurrent VA hospice and palliative care expansion resulted in an increase in hospice stays, the most notable change in type of stay during this time period...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Aging & Social Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307208/implementation-issues-relevant-to-outpatient-neurology-palliative-care
#17
Benzi M Kluger, Michael J Persenaire, Samantha K Holden, Laura T Palmer, Hannah Redwine, Julie Berk, C Alan Anderson, Christopher M Filley, Jean Kutner, Janis Miyasaki, Julie Carter
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in the application of palliative care principles to improve care for patients and families affected by neurologic diseases. We developed an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic for patients and families affected by neurologic disorders to better address the problems faced by our highest need patients. We have developed and improved this program over the past three years and share several of our most important lessons as well as ongoing challenges and areas where we see our clinic evolving in the future...
November 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305322/a-systematic-review-of-palliative-care-intervention-outcomes-and-outcome-measures-in-low-resource-countries
#18
REVIEW
Maryellen Potts, Kathleen B Cartmell, Lynne Nemeth, Gautam Bhattacharjee, Suparna Qanungo
CONTEXT: To meet the growing need for palliative care in low-resource countries, palliative care programs should be evidence-based and contextually appropriate. This study was conducted to synthesize the current evidence to guide future programmatic and research efforts. OBJECTIVES: This systematic review evaluated palliative care outcome measures, outcomes, and interventions in low resource countries. METHODS: Following title searches, abstracts and full text articles were screened for inclusion...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303424/seizing-the-opportunity-exploring-barriers-to-use-of-transmucosal-midazolam-in-hospice-patients
#19
Samuel J Perna, James M Rhinewalt, Erin R Currie
BACKGROUND: Status epilepticus seizures are distressing events for hospice and palliative care patients. Currently, rectal diazepam is the only abortive therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for seizures occurring out of hospital. However, transmucosal (buccal and intranasal) midazolam hydrochloride is a less expensive, equally effective, and a more socially acceptable alternative. OBJECTIVE: To explore the use of transmucosal midazolam in out-of-hospital hospice patients in the State of Alabama...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301524/what-does-complex-mean-in-palliative-care-triangulating-qualitative-findings-from-3-settings
#20
Emma Carduff, Sarah Johnston, Catherine Winstanley, Jamie Morrish, Scott A Murray, Juliet Spiller, Anne Finucane
BACKGROUND: Complex need for patients with a terminal illness distinguishes those who would benefit from specialist palliative care from those who could be cared for by non-specialists. However, the nature of this complexity is not well defined or understood. This study describes how health professionals, from three distinct settings in the United Kingdom, understand complex need in palliative care. METHODS: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with professionals in primary care, hospital and hospice settings...
January 4, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
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