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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333569/are-preferences-for-aggressive-medical-treatment-associated-with-healthcare-utilization-in-the-very-old
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Steven M Albert, June R Lunney, Lei Ye, Robert Boudreau, Diane Ives, Suzanne Satterfield, Cameron M Kaplan, Teresa Waters, Hilsa N Ayonayon, Susan M Rubin, Anne B Newman, Tamara Harris
OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between end-of-life (EOL) treatment preferences and recent hospitalization or emergency department (ED) care in the very old. DESIGN: Quarterly telephone follow-up of participants in the EOL in the Very Old cohort. SETTING: The EOL in the Very Old Age cohort drew from 1403 participants in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) study who were alive in year 15 of follow-up. 87.5% (n = 1227) were successfully recontacted and enrolled...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329829/-end-of-life-care-i-m-not-going-to-worry-about-that-yet-health-literacy-gaps-and-end-of-life-planning-among-elderly-dialysis-patients
#2
Keren Ladin, Katie Buttafarro, Emily Hahn, Susan Koch-Weser, Daniel E Weiner
Purpose: Between 2000 and 2012, the incident dialysis population in the United States increased by nearly 60%, most sharply among adults 75 years and older. End-of-life (EOL) conversations among dialysis patients are associated with better patient-centered outcomes and lower use of aggressive interventions in the last month of life. This study examined how health literacy may affect engagement, comprehension, and satisfaction with EOL conversations among elderly dialysis patients. Design and Methods: Qualitative/descriptive study with semi-structured interviews about health literacy, EOL conversations, and goals of care with 31 elderly dialysis patients at 2 centers in Boston...
March 10, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329430/maintaining-family-life-balance-while-facing-a-child-s-imminent-death-a-mixed-methods-study
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Katri Eskola, Eva Bergstraesser, Karin Zimmermann, Eva Cignacco
AIM: To understand parents' experiences and needs during a child's end-of-life care at home and to identify systemic factors that influence its provision. BACKGROUND: A child's end-of-life phase is an extremely difficult time for the whole family. Parents have specific needs, especially when they care for a dying child at home. DESIGN: Concurrent embedded mixed methods design. METHODS: This sub-study of the nationwide survey, 'Paediatric End-of-Life Care Needs in Switzerland' (2012-2015) included 47 children who received EOL care at home from 2011-2012...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328270/end-of-life-care-guidelines-and-care-plans-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#4
Alison Luckett
The aim of this literature review was to examine end-of-life (EoL) care practice in the intensive care unit (ICU). By exploring the literature, it is hoped to suggest how national guidance can be integrated into the ICU setting. Delivering high-quality, patient-centred EoL care is high priority on the UK health agenda. The highly technological environment within the ICU can create barriers to recognising death and initiating EoL care planning. Despite recommendations in the literature for the integration of standardised guidance, implementation, compliance and evaluation are yet to be widely reported...
March 9, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282256/new-evidence-on-end-of-life-hospital-utilization-for-enhanced-health-policy-and-services-planning
#5
Donna M Wilson, Ye Shen, Stephen Birch
BACKGROUND: Long-standing concern exists over hospital use by people near or at the end of life (EOL) related to the appropriateness, quality, and cost of care in hospital. It is widely believed that most people die in hospital after an escalation in hospital use over the last year of life. As most deaths in high-income countries are not sudden or unexpected, opportunities exist for planning compassionate, effective, and evidence-based EOL care. OBJECTIVE: Gain current population-based evidence for EOL health policy and services planning...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279073/end-of-life-care-and-discussions-in-japanese-geriatric-health-service-facilities
#6
Asako Kanoh, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto, Shoji Yokoya
BACKGROUND: Geriatric health service facilities (GHSFs) play important roles as intermediate care facilities for elderly individuals temporarily when they need rehabilitation before returning home. However, the number of residents spending their end-of-life (EOL) period in such facilities is increasing. To improve the quality of EOL care, end-of-life discussions (EOLDs) are recommended by some guidelines and studies. AIM: This study aimed to clarify the current practice of EOL care and EOLDs in GHSFs in Japan...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273002/agency-behind-bars-advance-care-planning-with-aging-and-dying-offenders
#7
Sara Sanders, Meredith Stensland, Kim Juraco
Aging and terminally ill individuals in U.S. prisons are increasing, making critical the need for appropriate end-of-life (EOL) care and advance care planning (ACP). Applying Bandura's Agentic perspective, we examined 20 aging/dying offenders' EOL preferences and ACP. Findings include six themes: Decisions in the shadow of the past, What works best for me, Feeling blessed, What is really going on, Can anyone be trusted, and Turning agency over to someone else. This study provides critical information that will assist professionals who work with dying offenders, as it presents a vivid illustration of their dying process...
March 8, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270034/inuit-interpreters-engaged-in-end-of-life-care-in-nunavik-northern-quebec
#8
Shawn Renee Hordyk, Mary Ellen Macdonald, Paul Brassard
BACKGROUND: Inuit interpreters are key players in end-of-life (EOL) care for Nunavik patients and families. This emotionally intensive work requires expertise in French, English and Inuit dialects to negotiate linguistic and cultural challenges. Cultural differences among medical institutions and Inuit communities can lead to value conflicts and moral dilemmas as interpreters navigate how best to transmit messages of care at EOL. OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to understand the experience of Inuit interpreters in the context of EOL care in Nunavik in order to identify training needs...
2017: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245161/oncology-nurses-perceptions-of-end-of-life-care-in-a-tertiary-cancer-centre-in-qatar
#9
Izette Larraine M Libo-On, Abdulqadir J Nashwan
BACKGROUND: Nurses who work in oncology settings may lack the knowledge and skills required for end-of-life (EoL) care. A clear understanding of nurses' perceptions of EoL care is crucial for the successful improvement of care for terminally ill patients with cancer. Although many studies have underlined nurses' perspectives on EoL care, this is the first such study conducted on oncology nurses in Qatar. PURPOSE: This study primarily sought to measure nurses' perceptions of EoL care at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) in Qatar...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215750/organizational-capacities-for-residential-care-homes-for-the-elderly-to-provide-culturally-appropriate-end-of-life-care-for-chinese-elders-and-their-families
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Sui-Ting Kong, Christine Meng-Sang Fang, Vivian Weiqun Lou
Developing culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Chinese elderly and families is not an endemic challenge for Hong Kong, but that of the Western countries with a noticeable trend of rising Chinese population. The particular development of Hong Kong healthcare system, which is currently the major provider of end-of-life care, makes Hong Kong a fruitful case for understanding the confluence of the West and the East cultures in end-of-life care practices. This study therefore aims at building our best practice to enhance the capacity of residential care homes in providing culturally appropriate end-of-life care...
January 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214237/knowledge-attitudes-and-preferences-of-advance-decisions-end-of-life-care-and-place-of-care-and-death-in-hong-kong-a%C3%A2-population-based-telephone-survey-of-1067-adults
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Roger Yat-Nork Chung, Eliza Lai-Yi Wong, Nicole Kiang, Patsy Yuen-Kwan Chau, Janice Y C Lau, Samuel Yeung-Shan Wong, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Jean W Woo
OBJECTIVES: According to the 2015 Quality of Death Index published by the Intelligence Unit of the Economist, Hong Kong is ranked 22nd in terms of quality of palliative care in the world, behind many other major developed countries in Asia, including Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. The objectives of the present study were to describe the knowledge, attitude, and preferences of the general Hong Kong adult population across different age groups regarding end-of-life (EOL) care decisions, place of care and death, as well as advance directive (AD)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195841/multiple-perspectives-of-symptoms-and-suffering-at-end-of-life-in-the-nicu
#12
Emily L Shultz, Mary Switala, Adrien M Winning, Madelaine C Keim, Amy E Baughcum, Cynthia A Gerhardt, Christine A Fortney
BACKGROUND: Despite technological advances in the neonatal intensive care unit, not all infants survive. Limited research has focused on infants' symptoms and suffering at end of life (EOL) from multiple perspectives. PURPOSE: To compare retrospective parent report and electronic medical record (EMR) documentation of symptoms and to examine associations with parent perceptions of infants suffering at EOL. METHODS/SEARCH STRATEGY: Bereaved parents of 40 infants (40 mothers and 27 fathers) retrospectively reported on their perceptions of infant symptoms and suffering during the last week of life...
February 13, 2017: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186835/preparing-pediatric-healthcare-professionals-for-end-of-life-care-discussions-an-exploratory-study
#13
Amanda Henderson, Jeanine Young, Anthony Herbert, Natalie Bradford, Lee-Anne Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Preparedness to initiate end-of-life (EoL) discussions is a confronting and daunting task for all healthcare professionals. We conducted a group interview to explore healthcare professionals' experiences of preparing for EoL discussions with the patient and their family in a pediatric context. AIM: To identify what pediatric healthcare professionals consider important when preparing for an EoL discussion. METHODS: A qualitative design using a group interview...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183783/problems-with-precision-and-neutrality-in-eol-preference-elicitation
#14
Yael Schenker, Robert Arnold
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February 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177857/end-of-life-care-in-nunavik-quebec-inuit-experiences-current-realities-and-ways-forward
#15
Shawn Renee Hordyk, Mary Ellen Macdonald, Paul Brassard
BACKGROUND: Increasing longevity for Inuit living in Nunavik, northern Quebec, has resulted in heightened rates of cancers and chronic diseases necessitating complex treatments. Consequently, end-of-life (EOL) care, once the domain of Inuit families and communities, has come to include professionalized healthcare providers with varying degrees of awareness of factors to consider in providing care to Inuit populations. OBJECTIVE: To better understand the factors shaping EOL care in Nunavik to support the development of a sustainable model of care...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174213/advanced-and-end-of-life-care-cautionary-suggestions
#16
F M Kamm
This article consider some clinical and population level approaches to advanced care of chronic conditions and end of life care. One approach aims to follow patient values and preferences about acceptable end of life (EOL) as elicited by questionnaires. The grounds for emphasising patients' preferences and the adequacy of the questionnaires are examined. Other approaches involve additional aims such as meeting patient and family members needs, providing information, cost effectiveness and satisfying professionals' preferences for a certain type of EOL experience...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174085/the-effect-of-p-nitrophenol-toward-the-structural-characteristics-and-antioxidant-activity-of-oil-palm-fronds-opf-lignin-polymers
#17
Nurul Atiqah Sa'don, Afidah Abdul Rahim, M Hazwan Hussin
This article reports on the structural characteristics and antioxidant activity of unmodified autohydrolyzed ethanol organosolv lignin (AH EOL) extracted from oil palm fronds (OPF) and modified autohydrolyzed ethanol organosolv lignin via incorporation of p-nitrophenol (AHNP EOL). The isolated lignin were analyzed by FTIR, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, 2D NMR; HSQC and HMBC, CHN analysis, molecular weight distribution using GPC analyzer, thermal analysis; TGA and DSC. The chemical modification by utilizing an organic scavenger during delignification process provided smaller lignin fragments and enhanced the solubility of lignin by reducing its hydrophobicity properties...
May 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173936/left-sided-early-onset-colorectal-carcinomas-a-sporadic-neoplasm-with-aggressive-behavior
#18
Emanuela Pilozzi, Laura Lorenzon, Simone Lo Baido, Mario Ferri, Enrico Duranti, Flavio Fochetti, Paolo Mercantini, Giovanni Ramacciato, Genoveffa Balducci, Luigi Ruco
BACKGROUND: Early onset (≤50y) colorectal carcinomas (EO-CRCs) are increasing in incidence according to epidemiological data. We investigated clinical-pathological, molecular features and outcomes of 62 left sided EO-CRCs (EOLS-CRCs) and compared them to a group of late onset (≥65) LS-CRCs (LOLS-CRCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Samples were evaluated for pathological features and microsatellite instability (MSI). Overall survival (OS), disease free survival (DFS) and disease specific survival were evaluated in both groups...
January 31, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173792/microscopic-identification-and-in-vitro-activity-of-agastache-rugosa-fisch-et-mey-from-xinjiang-china
#19
Haiyan Gong, Shaoyu Li, Lijuan He, Rena Kasimu
BACKGROUND: Agastache rugosa is well-known as a common traditional Chinese medicine, which have relieving summer-heat, analgesic and antipyretic effects, have long been used as folkloristic remedy in the treatment of several infectious diseases, anti-inflammatory, and for its antibacterial properties. Considering the lack of available data on the morphology, anatomy and in vitro activity of A. rugosa, the goal of the present study was to carry out the microscopic identification of its aerial parts and in vitro activity research as a contribution to the quality control and reasonable utilization involving A...
February 7, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156659/novel-tool-utilized-as-a-trigger-for-advance-care-planning-in-hospitalized-oncology-patients
#20
Sandhya Rao, Diane Sarnacki, Alexandra Dobie, Karla Damus, Gretchen Gignac
22 Background: Study Purpose: reduce inpatient oncology readmissions; determine if there is a need to standardize trigger for Advance Care Planning in the inpatient oncology population. METHODS: Investigational Quality Improvement Study January-June 2014. Retrospective chart review of oncology readmissions on the BMC Hematology and Oncology service during a 6 month period, January-June 2013 (N = 68). Data abstracted included: demographics (age, race/ethnicity, primary language, education, marital status, ECOG); type and stage of cancer; type of consults (palliative, spiritual, social services, integrative, PT/OT, hospice, visiting nurse)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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