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palliative care, evidence-based medicine

Lisa Jane Gould, Peter Griffiths, Hannah Ruth Barker, Paula Libberton, Ines Mesa-Eguiagaray, Ruth M Pickering, Lisa Jane Shipway, Jackie Bridges
OBJECTIVE: Compassionate care continues to be a focus for national and international attention, but the existing evidence base lacks the experimental methodology necessary to guide the selection of effective interventions for practice. This study aimed to evaluate the Creating Learning Environments for Compassionate Care (CLECC) intervention in improving compassionate care. SETTING: Ward nursing teams (clusters) in two English National Health Service hospitals randomised to intervention (n=4) or control (n=2)...
February 22, 2018: BMJ Open
Elif Hande Ozcan Cetin, Ozcan Ozeke, Erdogan Ilkay, Dursun Aras, Serkan Topaloglu, Zehra Golbasi, Sinan Aydogdu, Can Ozer
Medications and treatments are said to have a palliative effect if they relieve symptoms without having a curative effect on the underlying disease such as atherosclerosis or cancer. Some authors speculated that atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD) could be considered a "cancer of the coronary arterial wall". Although the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has proven to be effective in decreasing mortality rates among patients with acute coronary syndromes, the previous meta-analyses of PCI versus optimal medical therapy for stable CAD have not been able to demonstrate a reduction in major adverse cardiac outcomes...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
Brian S Carter
The application of palliative and hospice care to newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been evident for over 30 years. This article addresses the history, current considerations, and anticipated future needs for palliative and hospice care in the NICU, and is based on recent literature review. Neonatologists have long managed the entirety of many newborns' short lives, given the relatively high mortality rates associated with prematurity and birth defects, but their ability or willingness to comprehensively address of the continuum of interdisciplinary palliative, end of life, and bereavement care has varied widely...
February 7, 2018: Children
D Harvey, J Butler, J Groves, A Manara, D Menon, E Thomas, M Wilson
Patients with severe grades of life-threatening brain injury are commonly characterized as having devastating brain injury (DBI), which we have defined as: 'any neurological condition that is assessed at the time of hospital admission as an immediate threat to life or incompatible with good functional recovery AND where early limitation or withdrawal of therapy is being considered'. The outcome in patients with DBI is often death or severe disability, and as a consequence rapid withdrawal of life sustaining therapies is commonly contemplated or undertaken...
January 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Eran Ben-Arye, Yael Keshet, Maria Livas, Thomas Breitkreuz
OBJECTIVE: Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) is acknowledged in more and more oncology-care centers as part of supportive and palliative cancer care. However, only limited research is available on medical training of CIM practitioners regarding end-of-life (EOL) care. In this study, we assess the impact of multi-disciplinary EOL training on cultural-diverse groups of CIM-trained healthcare practitioners (HCPs) working in integrative oncology care settings in Germany and Israel...
February 1, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Benzi M Kluger, Michael J Persenaire, Samantha K Holden, Laura T Palmer, Hannah Redwine, Julie Berk, C Alan Anderson, Christopher M Filley, Jean Kutner, Janis Miyasaki, Julie Carter
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in the application of palliative care principles to improve care for patients and families affected by neurologic diseases. We developed an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic for patients and families affected by neurologic disorders to better address the problems faced by our highest need patients. We have developed and improved this program over the past three years and share several of our most important lessons as well as ongoing challenges and areas where we see our clinic evolving in the future...
November 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
Helen Kalies, Rieke Schöttmer, Steffen T Simon, Raymond Voltz, Alexander Crispin, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: In 2015, an evidence- and consensus-based palliative care guideline in adults with incurable cancer was published by the German Guideline Program. Barriers and enablers for the guideline implementation of members of the German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP) were unknown. Therefore, the aims of this study were (1) to evaluate professionals' knowledge, motivation, and outcome expectancy towards already existing recommendations for palliative care and (2) to evaluate the self-experienced competence in five medical key topics presented in the new guideline...
January 5, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Eran Ben-Arye, Massimo Bonucci, Michel Daher, Rejin Kebudi, Bashar Saad, Thomas Breitkreuz, Maryam Rassouli, Elio Rossi, Nahla Gafer, Omar Nimri, Mohamed Hablas, Gunver Sophia Kienle, Noah Samuels, Michael Silbermann
The recent wave of migration from Middle Eastern countries to Europe presents significant challenges to the European health profession. These include the inevitable communication gap created by differences in health care beliefs between European oncologists, health care practitioners, and refugee patients. This article presents the conclusions of a workshop attended by a group of clinicians and researchers affiliated with the Middle East Cancer Consortium, as well as four European-based health-related organizations...
December 28, 2017: Oncologist
N Atkin, V Vickerstaff, B Candy
BACKGROUND: Anxiety adversely affects quality of life and is common in adults with advanced life-limiting disease. There are no UK-wide guidelines on the assessment and management of anxiety in this specific population and there is little evidence regarding drug treatments. This study aimed to explore how palliative care physicians assess and manage anxiety in their patients, and to identify barriers encountered. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was undertaken of all physicians working in specialist palliative care in the UK who were members of the Association for Palliative Medicine...
December 11, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
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
N Krcevski-Skvarc, C Wells, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: There is considerable public and political interest in the use of cannabis products for medical purposes. METHODS: The task force of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) conducted a survey with its national chapters representatives on the status of approval of all types of cannabis-based medicines, the covering of costs and the availability of a position paper of a national medical association on the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain and for symptom control in palliative/supportive care...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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
Periklis Perikleous, David A Waller
Parenchymal cancers of lung, breast, gastrointestinal tract and ovaries as well as lymphomas and mesotheliomas are among the most common cancer types causing malignant effusions, though almost all tumour types have been reported to cause a malignant effusion. The prognosis heavily depends on patients' response to systemic therapy however, regardless of the causing pathology and histopathologic form, malignant pleural disease is normally associated with a poor prognosis. To date, there are not sufficient data to allow accurate predictions of survival that would facilitate decision making for managing patients with malignant pleural diseases...
2017: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Lois Snyder Sulmasy, Paul S Mueller
Calls to legalize physician-assisted suicide have increased and public interest in the subject has grown in recent years despite ethical prohibitions. Many people have concerns about how they will die and the emphasis by medicine and society on intervention and cure has sometimes come at the expense of good end-of-life care. Some have advocated strongly, on the basis of autonomy, that physician-assisted suicide should be a legal option at the end of life. As a proponent of patient-centered care, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is attentive to all voices, including those who speak of the desire to control when and how life will end...
October 17, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
Rana Sagha Zadeh, Paul Eshelman, Judith Setla, Laura Kennedy, Emily Hon, Aleksa Basara
CONTEXT: The environment in which end-of-life care is delivered can support or detract from the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients, their families, and their caretakers. OBJECTIVES: This review aims to organize and analyze the existing evidence related to environmental design factors that improve the quality of life and total well-being of people involved in end-of-life care and to clarify directions for future research. METHOD: This integrated literature review synthesized and summarized research evidence from the fields of medicine, environmental psychology, nursing, palliative care, architecture, interior design, and evidence-based design...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Gábor Benyó, Miklós Lukács, Csilla Busa, László Mangel, Ágnes Csikós
Modern palliative-hospice care has gained space in Europe for more than 50 years. Since the initial empirical work of Cicely Saunders, palliative medicine has gained its place in evidence-based medicine in more and more countries. However, development, as in many other medical fields, is not uniform, there are big differences between countries in the world. There are also significant differences in development of care and the level of services within the European Union amongst Western and Eastern European countries...
September 20, 2017: Magyar Onkologia
Marcus J P Geist, Jens Kessler, Susanne Frankenhauser, Hubert J Bardenheuer
BACKGROUND: Persistent bleeding is a common reason for admitting patients with advanced cancer to a palliative care unit. Several reports show a successful therapeutic use of the antifibrinolytic agent tranexamic acid in palliative care patients having hemorrhages. However, it is not administered routinely in severe bleeding situations in palliative care, and general dosing recommendations are unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: We report on 3 patients who were treated with tranexamic acid due to symptomatic hemorrhage complicating different malignant processes...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Palliative Care
Yuya Hagiwara, Jennifer Healy, Shuko Lee, Jeanette Ross, Dixie Fischer, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly
CONTEXT: A cornerstone procedure in Palliative Medicine is to perform family meetings. Learning how to lead a family meeting is an important skill for physicians and others who care for patients with serious illnesses and their families. There is limited evidence on how to assess best practice behaviors during end of life family meetings. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to develop and validate an observational tool to assess trainees' ability to lead a simulated end-of-life family meeting...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
N Pouvreau, J Tandonnet, O Tandonnet, L Renesme
INTRODUCTION: Subcutaneous hydration (hypodermoclysis) and drug administration is a widely used method of analgesic therapy in adult palliative care medicine. Very little is known about its use in neonatal medicine. Evidence-based guidelines do not exist due to a lack of data. In this study, the advantages of subcutaneous analgesic therapy in terms of comfort in neonatal palliative care situations were investigated. METHODS: This report details the results of a systematic review associated with a survey in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and pediatric palliative care departments (PPCTs) in France...
September 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
Bettina S Husebø, Elisabeth Flo, Knut Engedal
BACKGROUND: The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is an interdisciplinary protocol, aiming to ensure that dying patients receive dignified and individualized treatment and care at the end-of-life. LCP was originally developed in 1997 in the United Kingdom from a model of cancer care successfully established in hospices. It has since been introduced in many countries, including Norway. The method was withdrawn in the UK in 2013. This review investigates whether LCP has been adapted and validated for use in nursing homes and for dying people with dementia...
August 9, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
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