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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346862/communication-about-dying-death-and-bereavement-a-systematic-review-of-children-s-literature
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Marina N F Arruda-Colli, Meaghann S Weaver, Lori Wiener
BACKGROUND: Children's books have the potential to facilitate communication about death for children living with a serious illness and for children coping with the death of a loved one. OBJECTIVES: This study examines the content of children's literature relevant to the topic of dying and death and identifies books providers can share with children and their families. DESIGN: A search of children's literature was conducted using four electronic databases and one additional search engine using the word "Death" or "Dying...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345478/the-importance-of-interdisciplinary-communication-in-the-process-of-anticipatory-prescribing
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Eleanor Wilson, Jane Seymour
In the UK there has been a widespread introduction of 'anticipatory prescribing' in community based palliative care. This involves general practitioners (GPs) writing prescriptions in anticipation of them being needed and has been encouraged to try to minimise the risk of patients suffering uncontrolled symptoms and distress; a key reason why terminally ill patients are admitted to hospital in contradiction of most people's preferences. This paper presents the findings from an ethnographic study of healthcare professionals across four care homes and four community sites in two regions (East Midlands and Lancashire/South Cumbria) of the UK...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342435/-therapeutic-aggressiveness-and-liquid-oncology
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F J Barón Duarte, M S Rodríguez Calvo, J R Amor Pan
Aggressiveness criteria proposed in the scientific literature a decade ago provide a quality judgment and are a reference in the care of patients with advanced cancer, but their use is not generalized in the evaluation of Oncology Services. In this paper we analyze the therapeutic aggressiveness, according to standard criteria, in 1.001 patients with advanced cancer who died in our Institution between 2010 and 2013. The results seem to show that aggressiveness at the end of life is present more frequently than experts recommend...
January 2017: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339771/implementing-patient-reported-outcome-surveys-as-part-of-routine-care-lessons-from-an-academic-radiation-oncology-department
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Lisa S Rotenstein, Ankit Agarwal, Kelly O'Neil, Andrea Kelly, Maureen Keaty, Colleen Whitehouse, Barbara Kalinowski, Peter F Orio, Neil Wagle, Neil E Martin
Patient reported outcomes (PROs) are reports of health conditions that come directly from patients. Use of PROs has been associated with improved patient outcomes, enhanced quality of life, and reduced end-of-life spending. Yet there are still outstanding questions regarding the process of implementing PRO collection in routine practice. In this article, we describe the experience of selecting and implementing PROs in a multisite, multidisease academic medical center-based radiation oncology practice and demonstrate that such large-scale rollout is feasible...
March 2, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335501/communication-matters-exploring-the-intersection-of-family-and-practitioner-end-of-life-communication
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Leah M Omilion-Hodges, Nathan M Swords
After establishing a baseline understanding of some of the factors that influence and shape family end of life communication, empirical research centered on the communication tendencies of nationally-recognized palliative care clinicians is presented. Because death is no longer confined to the bedroom and individuals are increasingly turning to hospitals and health care institutes to assist with end of life, the role of palliative care practitioners is vital. To that end, common communication-rooted issues that may transpire among various medical personnel are explored...
March 19, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
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
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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/28325745/aid-in-dying-laws-and-the-physician-s-duty-to-inform
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Mara Buchbinder
On 19 July 2016, three medical organisations filed a federal lawsuit against representatives from several Vermont agencies over the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act. The law is similar to aid-in-dying (AID) laws in four other US states, but the lawsuit hinges on a distinctive aspect of Vermont's law pertaining to patients' rights to information. The lawsuit raises questions about whether, and under what circumstances, there is an ethical obligation to inform terminally ill patients about AID as an end-of-life option...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324205/levels-of-intervention-how-are-they-used-in-quebec-hospitals
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Marjolaine Frenette, Jocelyne Saint-Arnaud, Karim Serri
In order to promote better practices and communication around end-of-life decision-making, several Canadian hospitals in the province of Quebec have developed a tool called "Levels of Intervention" (LOI). No work to date has been published demonstrating improvement since these forms were implemented. The purpose of the present study was to obtain information about the use of LOI forms across Quebec hospitals and to identify gaps in practice as well as areas for improvement. A retrospective study was undertaken of 299 charts of patients who had died in three Quebec hospitals with a LOI ordered...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322074/speaking-a-different-language
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Anne G Ciriello, Zoelle B Dizon, Tessie W October
BACKGROUND: Family conferences in the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) often include palliative care (PC) providers. We do not know how ICU communication differs when the PC team is present. AIM: To compare language used by PC team and ICU physicians during family conferences. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort review of ICU family conferences with and without the PC team. SETTING: Forty-four bed pediatric ICU in a tertiary medical center...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315478/improving-palliative-care-through-teamwork-impactt-in-nursing-homes-study-design-and-baseline-findings
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Helena Temkin-Greener, Susan Ladwig, Zhiqiu Ye, Sally A Norton, Dana B Mukamel
BACKGROUND: The 2014 Institute of Medicine report recommended that healthcare providers caring for individuals with advanced illness have basic palliative care competencies in communication, inter-professional collaboration, and symptom management. Nursing homes, where one in three American decedents live and die, have fallen short of these competency goals. We implemented an intervention study to examine the efficacy of nursing home-based integrated palliative care teams in improving the quality of care processes and outcomes for residents at the end of life...
March 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294479/understanding-advance-care-planning-within-the-south-asian-community
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Patricia D Biondo, Rashika Kalia, Rooh-Afza Khan, Nadia Asghar, Cyrene Banerjee, Debbie Boulton, Nancy Marlett, Svetlana Shklarov, Jessica E Simon
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of reflection on and communication of a person's future health-care preferences. Evidence suggests visible minorities engage less in ACP. The South Asian ethnic group is the largest visible minority group in Canada, and information is needed to understand how ACP is perceived and how best to approach ACP within this diverse community. OBJECTIVE: To explore perspectives of South Asian community members towards ACP...
March 10, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284230/integrating-postabortion-care-menstrual-regulation-and-family-planning-services-in-bangladesh-a-pre-post-evaluation
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Kamal K Biswas, Erin Pearson, S M Shahidullah, Sharmin Sultana, Rezwana Chowdhury, Kathryn L Andersen
BACKGROUND: In Bangladesh, abortion is restricted except to save the life of a woman, but menstrual regulation is allowed to induce menstruation and return to non-pregnancy after a missed period. MR services are typically provided through the Directorate General of Family Planning, while postabortion care services for incomplete abortion are provided by facilities under the Directorate General of Health Services. The bifurcated health system results in reduced quality of care, particularly for postabortion care patients whose procedures are often performed using sub-optimal uterine evacuation technology and typically do not receive postabortion contraceptive services...
March 11, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271977/end-of-life-conversations-and-hospice-placement-association-with-less-aggressive-care-desired-in-the-nursing-home
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Joann P Reinhardt, Deirdre Downes, Verena Cimarolli, Patricia Bomba
Education about end-of-life care and treatment options, communication between family and health care providers, and having advance directives and medical orders in place are important for older adults with chronic, progressive decline and end-stage disease who spend their last days in the nursing home. This study used retrospective data (6 months before death) of long-stay nursing home decedents (N = 300) taken from electronic health records to capture the end-of-life experience. Findings showed for almost all decedents, Do Not Resuscitate and Do Not Intubate orders were in place, and just over one-half had Do Not Hospitalize and No Artificial Feeding orders in place...
January 2017: Journal of Social Work in End-of-life & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271872/barriers-to-and-opportunities-for-palliative-care-development-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-region
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REVIEW
Ibtihal Fadhil, Gemma Lyons, Sheila Payne
The 22 countries of WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region are experiencing an increase in the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer. Of the six WHO regions, the Eastern Mediterranean Region is projected to have the greatest increase in cancer incidence in the next 15 years. Furthermore, most cancers are diagnosed at a late stage, resulting in a lower cancer survival rate than in the European Region and the Region of the Americas. With increasing numbers of deaths from cancer, palliative care should be available to relieve suffering in patients with advanced disease and at the end of life...
March 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271588/pre-loss-grief-in-family-caregivers-during-end-of-life-cancer-care-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Mette Kjaergaard Nielsen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Anders Bonde Jensen, Peter Vedsted, Flemming Bro, Mai-Britt Guldin
OBJECTIVE: Severe grief symptoms in family caregivers during end-of-life cancer trajectories are associated with complicated grief and depression after the loss. Nevertheless, severe grief symptoms during end-of-life caregiving in caregivers to cancer patients have been scarcely studied. We aimed to explore associations between severe pre-loss grief symptoms in caregivers and modifiable factors such as depressive symptoms, caregiver burden, preparedness for death and end-of-life communication...
March 7, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269728/modeling-and-design-of-antennas-for-implantable-telemetry-applications
#16
Arun Venkatasubramanian, Brandon Gifford
Incorporating an RF communications link in an implanted medical device can increase its range of applicability and improve quality of life for the patient. Developments in support electronics decrease design risk, but the implanted antenna remains a critical component of a communications link that operates at very low received power. Transmitted power is limited both by regulatory restrictions and, for most implanted devices, by power source capacity. Dielectric losses and wave trapping in the body result in transmission losses much greater than seen in free space communications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263951/the-memory-quilt-heart-and-hands-learning-for-palliative-care
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Patricia Flanagan, Nancy DeMetro
Nursing students' learning of adult and pediatric palliative care is a daunting experience. An effective initial teaching strategy using a Memory Quilt activity can improve nursing students' interpersonal and communication skills and help prepare them for end-of-life caring. These skills help students meet patient and family needs, as they transition to care settings.
April 2017: Journal of Christian Nursing: a Quarterly Publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245166/declining-oral-intake-towards-the-end-of-life-how-to-talk-about-it-a-qualitative-study
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Jean Clark, Natasja J H Raijmakers, Simon Allan, Lia van Zuylen, Agnes van der Heide
BACKGROUND: Decreasing oral intake is common towards the end of life and a potential source of distress and concern for patients, relatives, whānau and clinicians. This paper provides insight to inform practice regarding clinicians' perceptions, practices, responses and communication with patients and their companions regarding declining oral intake towards the end of life. METHODS: In this qualitative study ten specialist palliative care staff participated in semi-structured interviews...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244346/preferences-of-residents-with-dementia-for-end-of-life-care
#19
Kiri Mulqueen, Alice Coffey
Aim To explore the preferences of residents with dementia for their end of life care, and nurses' perceptions of these preferences. Method Residents' preferences were compared with nurses' perceptions of their preferences in a qualitatively designed study in which the nominal group technique was adopted for data collection. Findings Some of the residents' preferences for their end of life care matched nurses' perceptions of their preferences, but differences were identified. Residents emphasised comfort, family presence, familiar staff and surroundings; nurses thought that residents would want good communication, pain management, advance care planning, being cared for by knowledgeable staff and the inclusion of their families...
February 28, 2017: Nursing Older People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235727/acceptable-regret-model-in-the-end-of-life-setting-patients-require-high-level-of-certainty-before-forgoing-management-recommendations
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Athanasios Tsalatsanis, Iztok Hozo, Benjamin Djulbegovic
BACKGROUND: The acceptable regret model postulates that under some circumstances decision-makers may tolerate wrong decisions. The purpose of this work is to empirically evaluate the acceptable regret model of decision-making in the end-of-life care setting, where terminally ill patients consider seeking curative treatment versus accepting hospice/palliative care. METHODS: We conducted interviews with 48 terminally ill patients to assess their preferences about end-of-life treatment choices...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
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