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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903953/sociocultural-characteristic-lifestyle-and-metabolic-risk-factors-among-a-sample-of-kuwaiti-male-university-students
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Maha Al-Sejari
In the past six decades, the Kuwaiti population has been exposed to rapid transformation in the quality of diet intake, daily activities, and career types. This major socioeconomic shift was accompanied by the introduction of both communicable and noncommunicable chronic diseases afflicting people of all ages. This article aims to detect a relationship between sociocultural characteristics-such as physical activity, dietary habits, and smoking-and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS). A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted among 262 male university students in Kuwait; participants were selected by using a convenient nonrandom opportunistic sample...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898281/goals-of-care-or-goals-of-trust-how-family-members-perceive-goals-for-dying-nursing-home-residents
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Cherie Rosemond, Laura C Hanson, Sheryl Zimmerman
PURPOSE OF STUDY: Dementia affects more than 5 million Americans, and is a leading cause of death. Family members of nursing home (NH) residents with advanced dementia report difficulty making decisions about care toward the end of life. As part of a randomized trial testing an intervention to improve decision making, this qualitative study aimed to understand how family decision makers experienced goal-based decision making in advance of the death of their relative. DESIGN AND METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted as part of the goals of care clinical trial...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898175/interventions-for-promoting-participation-in-shared-decision-making-for-children-with-cancer
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REVIEW
Imelda Coyne, Dónal P O'Mathúna, Faith Gibson, Linda Shields, Edith Leclercq, Greg Sheaf
BACKGROUND: This is an update of the Cochrane systematic review of shared decision-making (SMD) making published in 2013. Children's rights to have their views heard in matters that affect their lives are now well established since the publication of the UN Convention treaty (1989). Children with cancer generally prefer to be involved in decision-making and consider it important that they have the opportunity to take part in decision-making concerning their health care, even in end-of-life decisions...
November 29, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893884/effect-of-the-goals-of-care-intervention-for-advanced-dementia-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Laura C Hanson, Sheryl Zimmerman, Mi-Kyung Song, Feng-Chang Lin, Cherie Rosemond, Timothy S Carey, Susan L Mitchell
Importance: In advanced dementia, goals of care decisions are challenging and medical care is often more intensive than desired. Objective: To test a goals of care (GOC) decision aid intervention to improve quality of communication and palliative care for nursing home residents with advanced dementia. Design, Setting, and Participants: A single-blind cluster randomized clinical trial, including 302 residents with advanced dementia and their family decision makers in 22 nursing homes...
November 28, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891024/palliative-care-and-the-indian-neurologist
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REVIEW
Roop Gursahani
End-of-life care is an integral part of neurology practice, and neuropalliative medicine is an emerging neurology subspeciality. This begins with serious illness communication as a protocol-based process that depends on an evaluation of patient autonomy and accurate prognostication. Communication needs vary between chronic, life-limiting neurologic illnesses and acute brain injury. In an ideal situation, the patient's wishes are spelled out in advance care plans and living wills, and surrogates have only limited choices for implementation...
October 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890302/-facilitators-and-barriers-regarding-end-of-life-care-at-nursing-homes-a-focus-group-study
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María Remedios Sánchez-García, Marina Moreno-Rodríguez, César Hueso-Montoro, Concepción Campos-Calderón, Ana Varella-Safont, Rafael Montoya-Juárez
AIM: To identify the facilitators and barriers experienced by professional related to end of life care in nursing homes. DESIGN: Descriptive qualitative research with phenomenological orientation, through content analysis. PLACEMENT: Nursing Homes at Primary Care District in Granada (Spain). PARTICIPANTS: Fifteen clinical professionals with, at least 6 months of experience in nursing homes, without specific background in palliative care...
November 24, 2016: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887622/learning-to-care-medical-students-reported-value-and-evaluation-of-palliative-care-teaching-involving-meeting-patients-and-reflective-writing
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EDITORIAL
Erica Borgstrom, Rachel Morris, Diana Wood, Simon Cohn, Stephen Barclay
BACKGROUND: Over recent years there has been an increase in teaching of both palliative care and reflective practice in UK medical schools. The palliative care teaching at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine is multi-faceted and involves students writing reflective essays after individually meeting patients approaching the end of life during their final year general practice and hospital medicine placements. This paper draws on two studies examining this teaching element to analyse what the students found valuable about it and to comment on the practice of meeting patients and subsequent reflective writing...
November 25, 2016: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881828/-hope-for-the-best-prepare-for-the-worst-a-qualitative-interview-study-on-parents-needs-and-fears-in-pediatric-advance-care-planning
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Julia Desiree Lotz, Marion Daxer, Ralf J Jox, Gian Domenico Borasio, Monika Führer
BACKGROUND: Pediatric advance care planning is advocated by healthcare providers because it may increase the chance that patient and/or parent wishes are respected and thus improve end-of-life care. However, since end-of-life decisions for children are particularly difficult and charged with emotions, physicians are often afraid of addressing pediatric advance care planning. AIM: We aimed to investigate parents' views and needs regarding pediatric advance care planning...
November 23, 2016: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880814/health-care-professionals-understandings-of-cross-cultural-interaction-in-end-of-life-care-a-focus-group-study
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Anna Milberg, Sandra Torres, Pernilla Ågård
OBJECTIVE: The academic debate on cross-cultural interaction within the context of end-of-life care takes for granted that this interaction is challenging. However, few empirical studies have actually focused on what health care professionals think about this interaction. This study aimed to explore health care professionals' understandings of cross-cultural interaction during end-of-life care. METHODS: Sixty end-of-life care professionals were recruited from eleven care units in Sweden to take part in focus group interviews...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879155/managing-cognition-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
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Timothy Rittman, Ian Ts Coyle-Gilchrist, James B Rowe
Cognitive impairment is integral to the syndrome of progressive supranuclear palsy. It is most commonly described as a frontal dysexecutive syndrome but other impairments include apathy, impulsivity, visuospatial and memory functions. Cognitive dysfunction may be exacerbated by mood disturbance, medication and communication problems. In this review we advocate an individualized approach to managing cognitive impairment in progressive supranuclear palsy with the education of caregivers as a central component...
November 23, 2016: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878797/choosing-wisely-at-the-end-of-life-the-crucial-role-of-medical-indication
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Gian Domenico Borasio, Ralf J Jox
At the end of life, several treatments are administered routinely that lack medical indication and may cause significant harm to patients. Examples include artificial hydration and oxygen therapy in the dying phase, as well as enteral nutrition in advanced dementia. Medical indication is defined as the appropriateness of a therapeutic or diagnostic measure in the patient's concrete clinical situation, in light of the best available evidence. The decision about the absence or presence of a medical indication is a core competence of physicians...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869469/saying-good-goodbyes-to-your-clients-a-functional-analytic-psychotherapy-fap-perspective
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Mavis Tsai, Tore Gustafsson, Jonathan Kanter, Mary Plummer Loudon, Robert J Kohlenberg
Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) promotes client growth by shaping clients' daily life problems that also show up in session with their therapists. FAP therapists create evocative contexts within therapy that afford clients the opportunity to practice, refine, and be reinforced for new, more adaptive behaviors which then can be generalized into their outside lives. In FAP, the termination process will vary from client to client depending on the nature of the client's problems and targets. For many clients, the process can be a rich, multifaceted, final opportunity to evoke, reinforce, and promote generalization of clients' in-session improvements, particularly improvements related to vulnerable self-expression in the service of intimate and close relationships...
November 21, 2016: Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867525/barriers-to-goals-of-care-discussions-with-hospitalized-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure-feasibility-and-performance-of-a-novel-questionnaire
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Natasha Aleksova, Catherine Demers, Patricia H Strachan, Jane MacIver, James Downar, Robert Fowler, Daren K Heyland, Heather J Ross, John J You
AIMS: Good end-of-life communication and decision-making are important to patients with advanced heart failure (HF) and their families, but their needs remain unmet. In this pilot study, we describe the feasibility and performance of a novel questionnaire aimed at identifying barriers and solutions to improve communication and decision-making about goals of care for hospitalized patients with advanced HF. METHODS: We distributed questionnaires to staff cardiologists, cardiology trainees, and cardiology nurses who provide care for HF patients at a Canadian teaching hospital...
December 2016: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862140/the-role-of-icu-nurses-in-the-spiritual-aspects-of-end-of-life-care-in-the-icu-an-explorative-study
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Marijke Noome, Deirdre M Beneken Genaamd Kolmer, Evert van Leeuwen, Boukje M Dijkstra, Lilian C M Vloet
AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the role and responsibilities of intensive care unit (ICU) nurses regarding the spiritual aspects of end-of-life care in the ICU, from the chaplains' perspectives. METHOD: An explorative study including inductive thematic analysis was used. Two focus group interviews with in total eleven chaplains working in several Dutch ICUs were performed. RESULTS: The focus group interviews resulted in five themes: (i) awareness of ICU nurses, (ii) communication, (iii) nursing interventions, (iv) multidisciplinary care and (v) education...
November 14, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858720/challenges-of-improving-patient-centred-care-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Soania Mathur, Leah Mursaleen, Jon Stamford, Steve DeWitte, Israel Robledo, Tom Isaacs
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition with a complex pattern of motor and non-motor symptoms. Of several clinical scales used to measure patient experience few are delivered by patients themselves. OBJECTIVE: The present study reports the results of an online survey to establish (a) factors that most influence QoL (quality of life) for people with Parkinson's and (b) areas where self-monitoring may help. METHODS: A 27 question online survey (using Survey Monkey) was developed by The Cure Parkinson's Trust, comprising four main sections (demographics, monitoring, symptoms and communication)...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858579/effects-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-multiresistant-gram-negative-bacteria-colonization-or-infection-and-isolation-measures-in-end-of-life-on-family-caregivers-results-of-a-qualitative-study
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Maria Heckel, Alexander Sturm, Franziska A Herbst, Christoph Ostgathe, Stephanie Stiel
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the experiences of family caregivers of hospitalized patients with confirmed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus/multiresistant gram-negative bacteria (MRSA/MRGN) diagnosis at the end of life. The study at hand is a subproject of an interdisciplinary cooperation project that aims at developing a patient-, family-, and team-centered approach in dealing with MRSA/MRGN-positive hospitalized patients in palliative and geriatric care. OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to assess the individual effects of the patient's MRSA/MRGN colonization or infection and isolation measures on family caregivers...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855537/communication-in-dementia-care
#17
Elizabeth Chmelik, Reiko Emtman, Anna Borisovskaya, Soo Borson
Dementia is a progressive neurodegenerative illness that affects a growing number of older adults in our country. We discuss ways to improve the management of persons with dementia within current healthcare models. Specifically, we argue that structured communication at regular intervals is essential for dementia care at all phases of illness. We emphasize the need for a single healthcare provider to take on a central role in organizing communication between patient, family and other healthcare providers in the outpatient setting...
November 18, 2016: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852819/factors-influencing-advance-care-planning-among-older-adults-in-two-socioeconomically-diverse-living-communities
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Jennifer L Tripken, Cathy Elrod, Susan Bills
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Advance care planning (ACP) is an iterative, complex, and dynamic process of discussion, decision-making, and documentation about end-of-life care. The extent to which this process takes place in older adults in diverse socioeconomic settings is not well documented. The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about ACP among older adults in two socioeconomically diverse settings to identify the individual and contextual factors that influence behaviors regarding end-of-life care...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846872/challenges-on-non-invasive-ventilation-to-treat-acute-respiratory-failure-in-the-elderly
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REVIEW
Raffaele Scala
Acute respiratory failure is a frequent complication in elderly patients especially if suffering from chronic cardio-pulmonary diseases. Non-invasive mechanical ventilation constitutes a successful therapeutic tool in the elderly as, like in younger patients, it is able to prevent endotracheal intubation in a wide range of acute conditions; moreover, this ventilator technique is largely applied in the elderly in whom invasive mechanical ventilation is considered not appropriated. Furthermore, the integration of new technological devices, ethical issues and environment of treatment are still largely debated in the treatment of acute respiratory failure in the elderly...
November 15, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845611/wished-for-and-avoided-conversations-with-terminally-ill-individuals-during-final-conversations
#20
Mark A Generous, Maureen Keeley
The current investigation examines retrospectively wished for and avoided conversations during the end of life with a deceased relational partner. Participants reported on conversations they wished they had engaged in and conversations that they intentionally avoided, as well as reasons why they did not engage in the conversations. Analyses revealed the following wished for and avoided conversations: negative relationship characteristics; death and dying; postdeath arrangements; and personal information. Furthermore, participants indicated the following reasons for not discussing the aforementioned topics during final conversations: emotional protection, relational differences, and condition of the dying...
November 15, 2016: Death Studies
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