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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241598/organ-donation-after-controlled-cardiac-death-under-maastricht-category-iii-ethical-implications-and-end-of-life-care
#1
M Isabel González-Méndez, Luís López-Rodríguez
The decrease in potential donation after brain death has resulted in a need to evaluate alternative sources. Donation after cardiac death is a good option. The objectives of this article were to describe the Maastricht type iii controlled organ donation characteristics and to determine end-of-life care and the role of nurses in the donation process. In this type of donation, cardiocirculatory arrest is predictable after the limitation of life sustaining treatments. These are patients for whom there are no effective therapy options and, in the context of an organised and planned practice involving all the professionals involved in the care of the patient, the decision is made, in consultation with the family, to withdraw life support measures...
December 11, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228962/decision-making-on-therapeutic-futility-in-mexican-adolescents-with-cancer-a-qualitative-study
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Carlo Egysto Cicero-Oneto, Edith Valdez-Martinez, Miguel Bedolla
BACKGROUND: The world literature shows that empirical research regarding the process of decision-making when cancer in adolescents is no longer curable has been conducted in High-income, English speaking countries. The objective of the current study was to explore in-depth and to explain the decision-making process from the perspective of Mexican oncologists, parents, and affected adolescents and to identify the ethical principles that guide such decision-making. METHODS: Purposive, qualitative design based on individual, fact-to-face, semi-structured, in-depth interviews...
December 11, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223401/palliative-care-need-and-availability-in-four-referral-hospitals-in-senegal-results-from-a-multi-component-assessment
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Hana Hamdi, Oumar Ba, Serigne Niang, Christian Ntizimira, Mouhadou Mbengue, Aminata Sophie Coulbary, Rokhaya Niang, Matthew Parsons, Joseph J Amon, Diederik Lohman
CONTEXT: With prevalence of non-communicable diseases and life expectancy rising in Senegal, the need for palliative care is likely growing. No national palliative care needs assessments have been carried out. OBJECTIVES: To assess the capacity and need for palliative care in Senegal. METHODS: A multi-component assessment of availability and demand for palliative care was conducted in two tertiary and two regional hospitals in Senegal in 2015 with approval from Senegal's National Ethics Committee for Health Research...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221846/prevailing-ethical-dilemmas-encountered-by-physicians-in-terminal-cancer-care-changed-after-the-enactment-of-the-natural-death-act-fifteen-years-follow-up-survey
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Hsien-Liang Huang, Chien-An Yao, Wen-Yu Hu, Shao-Yi Cheng, Shinn-Jang Huang, Chih-Dao Chen, Wen-Yuan Lin, Yen-Chun Lin, Tai-Yuan Chiu
CONTEXT: Advance directive laws have influences on ethical dilemmas encountered by physicians caring for terminal cancer patients. OBJECTIVES: To identify the prevailing ethical dilemmas among terminal care physicians fifteen years after the Natural Death Act was enacted in Taiwan. METHODS: This study is a cross-sectional survey from April 2014 to February 2015 using the clustering sampling method and a well-structured questionnaire. Targeted participants included physicians at oncology and related wards or palliative care units where terminal cancer care may be provided in Taiwan...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205442/palliative-care-for-end-of-life-patients-in-a-basic-emergency-service
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REVIEW
Maria Eduarda Diniz Pereira, António Barbosa, Maria Dos Anjos Dixe
This research sought to describe the care provided by the nursing staff of the Western Department of the Basic Emergency Service for end-of-life patients. This was a retrospective, quantitative, exploratory and descriptive (level I) study, which sought to research the nursing records of 83 patients from admission to death. Patients who met the following inclusion criteria were considered eligible: adults; had an oncological or nononcological, advanced and irreversible chronic disease; and died in the Basic Emergency Service in the period from January 2011 to December 2012...
December 5, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179708/comparing-doctors-legal-compliance-across-three-australian-states-for-decisions-whether-to-withhold-or-withdraw-life-sustaining-medical-treatment-does-different-law-lead-to-different-decisions
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Ben P White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker, Gail Williams, Juliet Davis
BACKGROUND: Law purports to regulate end-of-life care but its role in decision-making by doctors is not clear. This paper, which is part of a three-year study into the role of law in medical practice at the end of life, investigates whether law affects doctors' decision-making. In particular, it considers whether the fact that the law differs across Australia's three largest states - New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and Queensland - leads to doctors making different decisions about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity...
November 28, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177231/is-a-surgical-cure-in-the-future-for-colorectal-cancer-liver-metastasis
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REVIEW
Kristen Little
This review was constructed to evaluate the current advancements in the surgical management of colorectal cancer liver metastases. A shift from the classic conservative and palliative management of such cases has begun with transitions toward surgical management. This shift is due to multiple compounding factors of which many are being studied and presented individually. By combing these factors together, this review provides guidance on the most significant preoperative prognostic factors and suggests future treatment goals for these patients...
September 2017: International Journal of Surgery. Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162047/treatment-recommendations-within-the-leeway-of-clinical-guidelines-a-qualitative-interview-study-on-oncologists-clinical-deliberation
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I Otte, S Salloch, A Reinacher-Schick, J Vollmann
BACKGROUND: Recommending the optimal treatment for an individual patient requires a well-balanced consideration of various medical, social and ethical factors. The interplay of these factors, interpretation of the patient's situation and understanding of the existing clinical guidelines can lead to divergent therapy recommendations, depending on the attending physician. Gaining a better understanding of the individual process of medical decision-making and the differences occurring will support the delivery of optimal individualized care within the clinical setting...
November 21, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160381/quality-of-communication-questionnaire-for-copd-patients-receiving-palliative-care-translation-and-cross-cultural-adaptation-for-use-in-brazil
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Flávia Del Castanhel, Suely Grosseman
OBJECTIVE: To translate the Quality of Communication Questionnaire (QOC) to Portuguese and adapt it for use in Brazil in COPD patients receiving palliative care. METHODS: After approval from the first author of the original QOC and the local research ethics committee, the original, 13-item version of the questionnaire was independently translated to Brazilian Portuguese by two Brazilian translators fluent in English. The two translations were analyzed by a bilingual physician and the two Brazilian translators, who reached a consensus and produced another Portuguese version of the QOC...
September 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159708/mainstreaming-genetics-in-palliative-care-barriers-and-suggestions-for-clinical-genetic-services
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A Dearing, N Taverner
Palliative healthcare professionals (PHCPs) frequently do not refer their eligible patients for genetic testing. After the death of the affected individual, clinically relevant information for family members is lost. In previous research, PHCPs stated that the end-of-life setting is not appropriate to discuss genetic issues. It is unclear if this has changed due to increasing awareness of genetics in the media and efforts to mainstream genetic testing. Semi-structured interviews of PHCPs were analysed by thematic analysis...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156918/challenges-and-ethical-issues-in-the-course-of-palliative-care-management-for-people-living-with-advanced-neurologic-diseases
#11
Varun Sreenivasan, Christa O'Hana S Nobleza
In the recent years, there has been an increase in awareness with regards to the role of palliative care (PC) in management of neurologic diseases. In 1996, the need to incorporate PC in the care for patients with neurologic conditions was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Ethics and Humanities Subcommittee. The gaps in research, education and the ability to deliver adequate PC were then acknowledged by the National Academy of Sciences with their publication of "Approaching death: improving care at the end of life" and most recently, continued goals in improving PC was highlighted by another recent publication "Dying in America: improving quality and honoring individual preferences near the end of life"...
October 19, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156917/advance-care-planning-for-patients-with-advanced-neurology-diseases
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Ka-Chi Cheung, Vikki Wai-Kee Lau, Ka-Chun Un, Man-Sheung Wong, Kwok-Ying Chan
BACKGROUND: Advanced neurology diseases including motor neuron disease (MND) are usually progressive life-limiting illness and could be devastating for patients, families and caregivers. Although medical technologies, such as enteral feeding and non-invasive ventilation, may prolong life expectancy of the patients, their utilization prompts important ethical questions in regard to their quality of life (QoL). Little attention had been paid on how ACP practice would practically help with patients suffering from different neurology diseases...
October 13, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150038/thoracic-surgery-considerations-in-the-mentally-ill-or-handicapped-patient
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REVIEW
Anthony B Mozer, James E Speicher, Carlos J Anciano
Increasing prevalence of mentally ill and handicapped populations requiring surgical thoracic interventions has brought to light their worse associated morbidity and mortality. Baseline functional status, caretaker environment, and mental limitations in day to day life have an impact in the short and long term from these interventions. Aggressive perioperative care, multispecialty approach, technical aspects, palliative procedures, and ethical considerations all play a part in improving outcomes. In this article real cases are presented illustrating points of care and situations for discussion...
February 2018: Thoracic Surgery Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146661/what-is-the-relationship-between-physical-activity-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-stroke-survivors-post-completion-of-rehabilitation-protocol-for-a-longitudinal-study
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Natalie A Fini, Julie Bernhardt, Anne E Holland
INTRODUCTION: Physical activity (PA) can modify cardiovascular and other health risks in people with stroke, but we know little about long-term PA in this group. This study aims to describe PA levels and investigate relationships between PA, cardiovascular risk factors, mobility and participant characteristics (eg, age, mood and fatigue) in the 2 years following rehabilitation discharge after first stroke. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This is a longitudinal observational study with follow-up at 6, 12 and 24 months after rehabilitation discharge...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139100/-guidelines-for-non-invasive-and-invasive-home-mechanical-ventilation-for-treatment-of-chronic-respiratory-failure-update-2017
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W Windisch, M Dreher, J Geiseler, K Siemon, J Brambring, D Dellweg, B Grolle, S Hirschfeld, T Köhnlein, U Mellies, S Rosseau, B Schönhofer, B Schucher, A Schütz, H Sitter, S Stieglitz, J Storre, M Winterholler, P Young, S Walterspacher
Today, invasive and non-invasive home mechanical ventilation have become a well-established treatment option. Consequently, in 2010 the German Society of Pneumology and Mechanical Ventilation (DGP) has leadingly published the guidelines on "Non-Invasive and Invasive Mechanical Ventilation for Treatment of Chronic Respiratory Failure". However, continuing technical evolutions, new scientific insights, and health care developments require an extensive revision of the guidelines.For this reason, the updated guidelines are now published...
November 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128922/causes-of-renal-oligohydramnios-impact-on-prenatal-counseling-and-postnatal-outcome
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EDITORIAL
Sebastian Loos, Markus J Kemper
The presence of renal oligohydramnios (ROH) in a fetus has been associated in the past with a poor prognosis for survival, although recent studies have shown that survival has improved considerably due to the advances in neonatology and pediatric nephrology. In an article recently published in Pediatric Nephrology, evaluation of a large series by Mehler and colleagues confirms the improved prognosis, showing a survival rate of 32 of 38 (84%). In addition, only 12 of 35 (34%) neonates required renal replacement therapy...
November 11, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123350/evaluation-of-community-based-palliative-care-services-perspectives-from-various-stakeholders
#17
Venugopal Vinayagamoorthy, Elayaperumal Suguna, Amol R Dongre
Background: As a part of Memorandum of Understanding with Tamil Nadu Institute of Palliative Medicine, community-based palliative care services have been initiated 2 years back in our urban field practice areas. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the home care service, a major component of our community-based palliative care, with a view to identify the unmet needs of the services rendered for decision-making about the program. Materials and Methods: It was a descriptive qualitative design carried out by the authors trained in qualitative research methods...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120683/unavoidable-pressure-ulcers-at-the-end-of-life-and-nurse-understanding
#18
Maria Carlsson, Lena Gunningberg
OBJECTIVES: prevention of pressure ulcers (PUs) in end-of-life care is often problematic because both PUs and interventions to prevent them can cause suffering. The primary aim of this study was to identify and describe the different ways in which nurses understood unavoidable PUs in late palliative care. A second aim was to explore the expediency of the different levels of understanding. METHODS: a qualitative interview study with a phenomenographic approach was carried out...
November 8, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119406/increasing-valid-profiles-in-phallometric-assessment-of-sex-offenders-with-child-victims-combining-the-strengths-of-audio-stimuli-and-synthetic-characters
#19
Shawn Marschall-Lévesque, Joanne-Lucine Rouleau, Patrice Renaud
Penile plethysmography (PPG) is a measure of sexual interests that relies heavily on the stimuli it uses to generate valid results. Ethical considerations surrounding the use of real images in PPG have further limited the content admissible for these stimuli. To palliate this limitation, the current study aimed to combine audio and visual stimuli by incorporating computer-generated characters to create new stimuli capable of accurately classifying sex offenders with child victims, while also increasing the number of valid profiles...
November 8, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105683/-palliative-care-in-the-intensive-cardiac-care-unit-a-new-competence-for-the-cardiac-intensivist
#20
Massimo Romanò, Roberta Bertona, Federica Zorzoli, Rosvaldo Villani
Admissions to the intensive care unit at the end of life of patients with chronic non-malignant diseases are increasing. This involves the need for the development of palliative care culture and competence, also in the field of intensive cardiology. Palliative care should be implemented in the treatment of all patients with critical stages of disease, irrespective of prognosis, in order to improve the quality of care at the end of life.This review analyzes in detail the main clinical, ethical and communicational issues to move toward the introduction of basics of palliative care in cardiac intensive care units...
October 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
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