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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936892/initial-experience-with-cinematic-rendering-for-chest-cardiovascular-imaging
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Steven Rowe, Pamela Johnson, Elliot Fishman
Three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) with volume rendering (VR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP) is an integral component of CT interpretation for diagnosis and treatment planning of vascular pathology. Cinematic rendering (CR is a new rendering algorithm that incorporates a more advanced lighting model than that used for VR, to create photorealistic 3D CT images. The post-processing tool is not yet widely available and its ultimate clinical utility has yet to be assessed in well-designed studies...
September 22, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935629/paediatric-advance-care-planning-survey-a-cross-sectional-examination-of-congruence-and-discordance-between-adolescents-with-hiv-aids-and-their-families
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Maureen E Lyon, Ronald H Dallas, Patricia A Garvie, Megan L Wilkins, Ana Garcia, Yao Iris Cheng, Jichuan Wang
OBJECTIVES: To identify patient-reported paediatric advance care planning (pACP) needs of adolescents living with HIV and to examine the congruence with their family's perception of their needs. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey among six paediatric hospital-based outpatient HIV specialty clinics. Participants included 48 adolescent/family dyads (n=96 participants) within a larger study facilitating pACP. The main outcome measure was the Lyon Advance Care Planning Survey - Adolescent and Surrogate Versions-Revised...
September 21, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935202/zeroing-out-preventable-disability-daring-to-dream-the-impossible-dream-for-dementia-care-recommendations-for-a-national-plan-to-advance-dementia-care-and-maximize-functioning
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EDITORIAL
Ara S Khachaturian, David P Hoffman, Lori Frank, Ronald Petersen, Zaven S Khachaturian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933995/identification-assessment-and-management-of-breast-oedema-after-treatment-for-cancer
#4
Marie Todd
Advances in breast cancer management, including breast-conserving surgery, have resulted in an increase in the incidence of breast oedema. However, this is addressed by professionals less often than arm lymphoedema. Breast oedema results in significant physical and psychological morbidity, makes finding a comfortably fitting bra very difficult, and can act as a reminder of the initial breast cancer diagnosis. Psychological difficulties can be compounded by clinicians' failure to acknowledge the impact. Assessing and managing breast oedema requires a sensitive, skilled approach to ensure all the relevant issues are identified and addressed in a comprehensive care plan; taking time to listen to patients and acknowledging the impact can be very therapeutic...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933994/decision-making-for-people-living-with-dementia-by-their-carers-at-the-end-of-life-a-rapid-scoping-review
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Sue Barker, Mary Lynch, Jane Hopkinson
BACKGROUND: There are an increasing number of people living with dementia, as well as an expectation that care decisions are made collaboratively with those with the disease entering the end stage and their families. This has increased the burden on family carers. AIM: To explore the evidence on the decisional support needs of informal carers of people with end-stage dementia. DESIGN: A rapid scoping review was undertaken of peer-reviewed publications between 2000 and 2016, which included all health-care settings and the person's own home...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933190/assessment-of-capabilities-in-persons-with-advanced-stage-of-dementia-validation-of-the-montessori-assessment-system-mas
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Jérôme Erkes, Cameron J Camp, Stéphane Raffard, Marie-Christine Gély-Nargeot And, Sophie Bayard
This study evaluated the validity and reliability of the Montessori Assessment System. The Montessori Assessment System assesses preserved abilities in persons with moderate to severe dementia. In this respect, this instrument provides crucial information for the development of effective person-centered care plans. A total of 196 persons with a diagnosis of dementia in the moderate to severe stages of dementia were recruited in 10 long-term care facilities in France. All participants completed the Montessori Assessment System, the Clinical Dementia Rating Scale and/or the Mini Mental State Examination and the Severe Impairment Battery-short form...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932992/the-impact-of-a-primary-care-education-program-regarding-cancer-survivorship-care-plans-results-from-an-engineering-primary-care-and-oncology-collaborative-for-survivorship-health
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SarahMaria Donohue, James E Haine, Zhanhai Li, Elizabeth R Trowbridge, Sandra A Kamnetz, David A Feldstein, James M Sosman, Lee G Wilke, Mary E Sesto, Amye J Tevaarwerk
Survivorship care plans (SCPs) have been recommended as tools to improve care coordination and outcomes for cancer survivors. SCPs are increasingly being provided to survivors and their primary care providers. However, most primary care providers remain unaware of SCPs, limiting their potential benefit. Best practices for educating primary care providers regarding SCP existence and content are needed. We developed an education program to inform primary care providers of the existence, content, and potential uses for SCPs...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931489/the-endoscopist-and-malignant-and-non-malignant-biliary-obstruction
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REVIEW
S P Pereira, G Goodchild, G J M Webster
Patients with biliary strictures often represent a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, due to the site and complexity of biliary obstruction and wide differential diagnosis. Multidisciplinary decision making is required to reach an accurate and timely diagnosis and to plan optimal care. Developments in endoscopic ultrasound and peroral cholangioscopy have advanced the diagnostic yield of biliary endoscopy, and novel optical imaging techniques are emerging. Endoscopic approaches to biliary drainage are preferred in most scenarios, and recent advances in therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound allow drainage where the previous alternatives were only percutaneous or surgical...
September 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930061/promoting-adoption-of-medication-for-opioid-and-alcohol-use-disorders-through-system-change
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James H Ford, Amanda J Abraham, Nicoleta Lupulescu-Mann, Raina Croff, Kim A Hoffman, Kelly Alanis-Hirsch, Mady Chalk, Laura Schmidt, Dennis McCarty
OBJECTIVE: The Medication Research Partnership (MRP), a collaboration between a national commercial health plan and nine addiction treatment centers, implemented organizational and system changes to promote use of federally approved medications for treatment of alcohol and opioid use disorders. METHOD: A difference-in-differences analysis examined change over time in the percentage of patients receiving a prescription medication for alcohol or opioid use disorders treated in MRP (n = 9) and comparison (n = 15) sites...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929291/evaluation-of-an-advance-care-planning-web-based-resource-applicability-for-cancer-treatment-patients
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Martha A Cresswell, Carole A Robinson, Gillian Fyles, Joan L Bottorff, Rebecca Sudore
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the acceptability, applicability, and understandability of a promising advance care planning (ACP) web-based resource for use with oncology patients, and determine whether revisions to the website would be necessary before implementation into oncology care. The resource is called PREPARE ( www.prepareforyourcare.org ) and it had not been tested for use within oncology, but had previously been shown to influence the readiness of older, community-dwelling adults to engage in ACP behaviors...
September 19, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927451/implementing-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-aneuploidy-in-a-national-healthcare-system-global-challenges-and-national-solutions
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Rachèl V van Schendel, Carla G van El, Eva Pajkrt, Lidewij Henneman, Martina C Cornel
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in 2011, mainly by commercial companies, a growing demand for NIPT from the public and healthcare professionals has been putting pressure on the healthcare systems of various countries. This study identifies the challenges of establishing a responsible implementation of NIPT for aneuploidy in prenatal healthcare, by looking at the Netherlands. METHODS: A mixed methods approach involving 13 stakeholder interviews, document analysis and (participatory) observations of the Dutch NIPT Consortium meetings were used...
September 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926294/predictors-of-death-in-the-hospital-for-patients-with-chronic-serious-illness
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Katy Hicks, Lois Downey, Ruth A Engelberg, James A Fausto, Helene Starks, Ben Dunlap, James Sibley, William Lober, Nita Khandelwal, Elizabeth T Loggers, J Randall Curtis
BACKGROUND: Most people prefer to die at home, yet most do not. Understanding factors associated with terminal hospitalization may inform interventions to improve care. OBJECTIVE: Among patients with chronic illness receiving care in a multihospital healthcare system, we identified the following: (1) predictors of death in any hospital; (2) predictors of death in a hospital outside the system; and (3) trends from 2010 to 2015. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort using death certificates and electronic health records...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925295/characteristics-of-patients-with-existing-advance-directives-evaluating-motivations-around-advance-care-planning
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Joanne E Genewick, Dorothy M Lipski, Katherine M Schupack, Angela L H Buffington
INTRODUCTION: Although 80% of patients endorse an advance directive (AD), less than 35% of American adults have a documented AD. Much research has been done on barriers to creating ADs; however, there is a paucity of research addressing motivations for creating ADs. Previous research has identified 4 categories of influence for engaging in advance care planning (ACP). This study aimed to quantify the influence of these 4 motivating categories in creating an AD. METHODS: Participants included 238 adults with documented ADs...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925098/identification-of-the-trajectory-of-functional-decline-for-advance-care-planning-in-a-nursing-home-population
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Suanne Lawrence, Andrew Robinson, Kathy Eagar
OBJECTIVE: To identify diagnostic groups and the form of the trajectory of functional decline that has the potential to enhance advance care planning (ACP) in a nursing home (NH) population. METHODS: Retrospective, longitudinal study with dependent variable (function) derived from the Resident Classification Scale (RCS), 1997-2008. Trajectory modelling used linear and curvilinear terms. RESULTS: The organ failure or other residents have a linear average functional decline...
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923833/nephrology-provider-prognostic-perceptions-and-care-delivered-to-older-adults-with-advanced-kidney-disease
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Huzaifah Salat, Andrei Javier, Edward D Siew, Rocio Figueroa, Loren Lipworth, Edmond Kabagambe, Aihua Bian, Thomas G Stewart, Maie H El-Sourady, Mohana Karlekar, Cesar Y Cardona, T Alp Ikizler, Khaled Abdel-Kader
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Prognostic uncertainty is one barrier that impedes providers in engaging patients with CKD in shared decision making and advance care planning. The surprise question has been shown to identify patients at increased risk of dying. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: In our prospective observational study, 488 patients ≥60 years of age with CKD stage 4 or 5 were enrolled. Binary surprise question (i.e., "Would you be surprised if this patient died in the next 12 months?") responses were recorded, and dialysis planning preferences, presence of advance care planning documentation, and care preceding death were abstracted...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922625/living-and-dying-with-advanced-dementia-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-symptoms-service-use-and-care-at-the-end-of-life
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Elizabeth L Sampson, Bridget Candy, Sarah Davis, Anna Buylova Gola, Jane Harrington, Michael King, Nuriye Kupeli, Gerry Leavey, Kirsten Moore, Irwin Nazareth, Rumana Z Omar, Victoria Vickerstaff, Louise Jones
BACKGROUND: Increasing number of people are dying with advanced dementia. Comfort and quality of life are key goals of care. AIMS: To describe (1) physical and psychological symptoms, (2) health and social care service utilisation and (3) care at end of life in people with advanced dementia. DESIGN: 9-month prospective cohort study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Greater London, England, people with advanced dementia (Functional Assessment Staging Scale 6e and above) from 14 nursing homes or their own homes...
August 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922291/population-based-models-of-planning-for-palliative-care-in-older-people
#17
David C Currow, Jane Phillips, Meera Agar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Health service planning requires demographic, clinical, and health systems data and is unique to each health system. Planning for palliative care in older people must include patients and their carers. This review explores literature from the last 24 months. RECENT FINDINGS: The proportion of people living in skilled nursing facilities is increasing and many residents require quality palliative care. Simultaneously, the complexity of care for older people is also increasing...
September 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919394/concomitant-chemotherapy-and-radiotherapy-with-sbrt-boost-for-unresectable-stage-iii-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-phase-i-study
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Kristin A Higgins, Rathi N Pillai, Zhengjia Chen, Sibo Tian, Chao Zhang, Pretesh Patel, Suchita Pakkala, Jay Shelton, Seth D Force, Felix G Fernandez, Conor E Steuer, Taofeek K Owonikoko, Suresh S Ramalingam, Jeffrey D Bradley, Walter J Curran
PURPOSE: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is now the standard of care in medically inoperable stage I non-small cell lung cancer, yielding high rates of local control. It is unknown if SBRT can be safely utilized in the locally advanced NSCLC setting. This multi-institution phase I study evaluated the safety of 44 Gy conventionally fractionated thoracic radiation with concurrent chemotherapy plus a dose escalated SBRT boost to both the primary tumor and involved mediastinal lymph nodes...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918906/radiotherapy-and-the-tumor-microenvironment-the-macro-picture
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EDITORIAL
Emma Louise Walton
In this issue of the Biomedical Journal, we explore the inner workings of tumor-associated macrophages and seek to understand how these cells can boost or limit the efficacy of radiotherapy, depending on the context. We also highlight a study revealing that staffing patterns in the intensive care unit may affect the outcome of patients with severe sepsis. Finally, we learn how an advanced imaging technique can improve endodontic treatment planning.
August 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918550/advance-care-planning-challenges-at-the-emergency-department-of-a-cancer-care-center
#20
Maria T Cruz-Carreras, Patrick Chaftari, Jayne Viets-Upchurch
INTRODUCTION: Code status discussions form an important part of advance care planning (ACP) as it enables physicians to respect the patient's wishes for end-of-life care. However, in some cases, code status discussions can be challenging causing the physician to go against the patient's wishes and the code of medical ethics. This is especially true in an emergency setting. In this paper, we will discuss three cases of advanced cancer patients, where code status discussions posed challenges to healthcare providers...
September 16, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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