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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429619/addressing-parental-health-in-pediatrics-physician-perceptions-of-relevance-and-responsibility
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Maya Venkataramani, Tina L Cheng, Barry S Solomon, Craig Evan Pollack
Pediatric guidelines recommend that providers address a range of parental health issues; however, adherence to these guidelines has been suboptimal. Drawing on a nationally-representative sample of children's primary care physicians, we examined whether providers view parental issues as relevant to child health and whether they believe it is their personal responsibility to address them. Issues included maternal depression, tobacco use, intimate partner violence, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) immunization, family planning, and health insurance...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428907/palliative-care-in-huntington-disease-personal-reflections-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Christopher G Tarolli, Amy M Chesire, Kevin M Biglan
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease is a fatal, autosomal dominant, neurodegenerative disorder manifest by the triad of a movement disorder, behavioral disturbances, and dementia. At present, no curative or disease modifying therapies exist for the condition and current treatments are symptomatic. Palliative care is an approach to care that focuses on symptom relief, patient and caregiver support, and end of life care. There is increasing evidence of the benefit of palliative care throughout the course of neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428725/tumor-biopsy-and-patient-enrollment-in-clinical-trials-for-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Lorenza Rimassa, Maria Reig, Giovanni Abbadessa, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, William Harris, Vittorina Zagonel, Davide Pastorelli, Elena Rota Caremoli, Camillo Porta, Nevena Damjanov, Hitendra Patel, Bruno Daniele, Maria Lamar, Brian Schwartz, Terri Goldberg, Armando Santoro, Jordi Bruix
Tumor biopsies may help to reliably distinguish hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from other tumors, mostly cholangiocarcinoma as well as to identify the patient populations who most benefit from target-driven HCC treatments, in order to improve the success rate of experimental therapies. Clarifying tumor biology may also lead to identify biomarkers with prognostic role and/or enabling to predict response or resistance to therapies. Recently, clinical trials have more efficiently included biomarker endpoints and increasingly collected tumor tissue from enrolled patients...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428112/experiences-and-unmet-needs-of-women-with-physical-disabilities-for-pain-relief-during-labor-and-delivery
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Linda Long-Bellil, Monika Mitra, Lisa I Iezzoni, Suzanne C Smeltzer, Lauren D Smith
BACKGROUND: Childbirth is widely acknowledged as one of the most painful experiences most women will undergo in their lifetimes. Alleviating labor and delivery pain for women with physical disabilities can involve an additional level of complexity beyond that experienced by most women, but little research has explored their experiences. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of women with physical disabilities with respect to pain relief during labor and delivery with the goal of informing their care...
April 6, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425002/beyond-study-participants-a-framework-for-engaging-patients-in-the-selection-or-development-of-clinical-outcome-assessments-for-evaluating-the-benefits-of-treatment-in-medical-product-development
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Hilary Wilson, Ebony Dashiell-Aje, Milena Anatchkova, Karin Coyne, Asha Hareendran, Nancy Kline Leidy, Colleen A McHorney, Kathy Wyrwich
BACKGROUND: Patients are participating more actively in health care decision-making with regard to their health, as well as in the broader realm of assessing the value of medical products and influencing decisions about their registration and reimbursement. There is an increasing trend to include patients' perspectives throughout the stages of medical product development by broadening the traditional study-participant role to that of an active partner throughout the process. Including patients in the selection and development of clinical outcome assessments (COAs) to evaluate the benefit of treatment is particularly important...
April 19, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424546/perspectives-of-older-people-living-in-long-term-care-facilities-and-of-their-family-members-toward-advance-care-planning-discussions-a-systematic-review-and-thematic-synthesis
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REVIEW
Veronica Mignani, Francesca Ingravallo, Elena Mariani, Rabih Chattat
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to search and synthesize qualitative studies exploring the perspectives of older people living in long-term care facilities and of their family members about advance care planning (ACP) discussions. METHODS: The enhancing transparency in reporting the synthesis of qualitative research (ENTREQ) framework was used to guide the review and report its results. PubMed, CINAHL, and PsycINFO were searched for studies published between January 2000 and November 2015...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424142/advance-care-planning-culture-and-religion-an-environmental-scan-of-australian-based-online-resources
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Amanda Pereira-Salgado, Patrick Mader, Leanne M Boyd
Objectives Culture and religion are important in advance care planning (ACP), yet it is not well understood how this is represented in ACP online resources. The aim of the present study was to identify the availability of Australian-based ACP websites and online informational booklets containing cultural and religious information.Methods An environmental scanning framework was used with a Google search conducted from 30 June 2015 to 5 July 2015. Eligible Australian-based ACP websites and online informational booklets were reviewed by two analysts (APS & PM) for information pertaining to at least one culture or religion...
April 20, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422933/nursing-informatics-competency-assessment-for-the-nurse-leader-instrument-refinement-validation-and-psychometric-analysis
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Po-Yin Yen, Andrew Phillips, Mary K Kennedy, Sarah Collins
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to refine and validate a new instrument, Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment for the Nurse Leader (NL). BACKGROUND: Because health information technology rapidly advances, the NL requires greater levels of informatics knowledge. METHODS: Item reduction and psychometric analysis methodology RESULTS: A total of 357 national NLs completed the survey. Exploratory factor analysis resulted in a final 6-factor solution that contained 26 items: (1) strategic implementation management, (2) advanced information management and education, (3) executive planning, (4) ethical and legal concepts, (5) information systems concepts, and (6) requirements and system selection...
May 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422561/development-and-feasibility-of-a-structured-goals-of-care-communication-guide
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David B Bekelman, Rachel Johnson-Koenke, Sangeeta C Ahluwalia, Anne M Walling, Jamie Peterson, Rebecca L Sudore
BACKGROUND: Discussing goals of care and advance care planning is beneficial, yet how to best integrate goals of care communication into clinical care remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To develop and determine the feasibility of a structured goals of care communication guide for nurses and social workers. DESIGN/SETTING/SUBJECTS: Developmental study with providers in an academic and Veterans Affairs (VA) health system (n = 42) and subsequent pilot testing with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure (n = 15) and informal caregivers (n = 4) in a VA health system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421875/three-dimensional-printing-and-its-applications-in-otorhinolaryngology-head-and-neck-surgery
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Trevor D Crafts, Susan E Ellsperman, Todd J Wannemuehler, Travis D Bellicchi, Taha Z Shipchandler, Avinash V Mantravadi
Objective Three-dimensional (3D)-printing technology is being employed in a variety of medical and surgical specialties to improve patient care and advance resident physician training. As the costs of implementing 3D printing have declined, the use of this technology has expanded, especially within surgical specialties. This article explores the types of 3D printing available, highlights the benefits and drawbacks of each methodology, provides examples of how 3D printing has been applied within the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, discusses future innovations, and explores the financial impact of these advances...
November 1, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420765/plan-selection-in-the-non-group-market-in-the-first-year-of-the-health-insurance-marketplace
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Emily Gillen, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Laurel Trantham, Pam Silberman, Morris Weinberger, Mark Holmes
BACKGROUND The Affordable Care Act (ACA)-created Marketplaces reduced barriers to entry in the non-group health insurance market. Although tax credits were available to individuals who enrolled in qualified health plans (QHPs) beginning in 2014, many individuals chose not to switch plans. We examined characteristics associated with switching from a non-ACA compliant plan to a QHP in 2014 and, conditional on switching, the characteristics associated with selection of a specific plan level.METHODS Using claims data from a large commercial insurer, we examined characteristics associated with switching to a QHP in 2014...
March 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420191/designing-effective-interactions-for-concordance-around-end-of-life-care-decisions-lessons-from-hospice-admission-nurses
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Carey Candrian, Channing Tate, Kirsten Broadfoot, Alexandra Tsantes, Daniel Matlock, Jean Kutner
Near the end of life, hospice care reduces symptom-related distress and hospitalizations while improving caregiving outcomes. However, it takes time for a person to gain a sufficient understanding of hospice and decide to enroll. This decision is influenced by knowledge of hospice and its services, emotion and fear, cultural and religious beliefs, and an individual's acceptance of diagnosis. Hospice admission interactions, a key influence in shaping decisions regarding hospice care, happen particularly late in the illness trajectory and are often complex, unpredictable, and highly variable...
April 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417931/upstreaming-and-normalizing-advance-care-planning-conversations-a-public-health-approach
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Maryjo Prince-Paul, Evelina DiFranco
As a society, we simply don't talk about this universal experience called dying and death; in fact, we ignore it until we have to face it. Thus, it is often in a crisis experience when we have to make decisions while we are laden with uncertainty and intense emotions. Sixty percent of people say making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important, yet 56% of them have not held a conversation about its context. Instead of waiting to make end-of-life decisions, let us begin to think about what matters most while we are living, what we value most, and how we translate these values into conversations about what is important...
April 12, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417132/awareness-and-attitudes-of-community-dwelling-individuals-in-singapore-towards-participating-in-advance-care-planning
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Qin Xiang Ng, Tricia Zl Kuah, Germaine Jm Loo, Wilbert Hh Ho, Norbert L Wagner, Judy Gk Sng, Grace Mj Yang, Bee Choo Tai
INTRODUCTION: Advance care planning (ACP) is an important aspect of end-of-life care that has been shown to improve patient autonomy in decision-making and reduce stress for surviving family members. Given the rapidly ageing population in Singapore, a greater emphasis on end-of-life care planning is needed. This study therefore sought to examine the awareness and attitudes of the general Singaporean community towards participating in ACP, which are not known hitherto. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 24-item interviewer-administered questionnaire was constructed and administered via door-to-door survey amongst community-dwelling residents living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats across Singapore, selected via a two-stage stratified random sampling...
March 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417021/sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-a-new-approach-in-the-management-of-head-and-neck-cancers
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REVIEW
Deepti Sharma, George Koshy, Sonal Grover, Bhushan Sharma
Cervical lymph node metastasis affects the prognosis and overall survival rate of and therapeutic planning for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs). However, advanced diagnostic modalities still lack accuracy in detecting occult neck metastasis. A sentinel lymph node biopsy is a minimally invasive auxiliary method for assessing the presence of occult metastatic disease in a patient with a clinically negative neck. This technique increases the specificity of neck dissection and thus reduces morbidity among oral cancer patients...
February 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413929/nurses-interest-in-independently-initiating-end-of-life-conversations-and-palliative-care-consultations-in-a-suburban-community-hospital
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Ambereen K Mehta, Steven Wilks, M Jennifer Cheng, Karen Baker, Ann Berger
BACKGROUND: Patients who receive early palliative care consults have clinical courses and outcomes more consistent with their goals. Nurses have been shown to be advocates for early palliative care involvement and are able to lead advanced care planning discussions. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess whether after a brief educational session, nurses at a suburban, community hospital could demonstrate knowledge of palliative care principles, would want to independently initiate end-of-life conversations with patients and families, and would want to place specialty palliative care consults...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413928/the-oncology-specialist-s-role-in-polst-form-completion
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Austin J Lammers, Dana M Zive, Susan W Tolle, Erik K Fromme
INTRODUCTION: Patients with cancer and oncology professional societies believe that advance care planning is important, but we know little of who actually has this conversation. Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms can help to document these important conversations to ensure patients receive the level of treatment they want. We therefore sought to determine the specialty of those signing POLST forms for patients who died of cancer to better understand who is having this discussion with patients...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410651/advance-care-planning-for-patients-approaching-end-stage-kidney-disease
#18
REVIEW
Rebecca J Schmidt
Patients with chronic kidney disease typically suffer a cascade of comorbid conditions, the magnitude of which have formidable impact on advance care planning (ACP). Complex health care decisions are complicated further by contextual issues that may change over time. A dynamic and evolving process, ACP ideally begins early in the continuum of chronic kidney disease, long before end-stage kidney disease is reached. Planning ahead for care is preparatory to making decisions about kidney replacement therapy and can make for a smooth transition in addition to preventing the start of dialysis by default...
March 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409478/reversing-racial-inequities-at-the-end-of-life-a-call-for-health-systems-to-create-culturally-competent-advance-care-planning-programs-within-african-american-communities
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Randi Belisomo
Racial and cultural barriers inherent in health systems have made the delivery of culturally relevant end of life care that aligns with patient preferences a particular challenge across African American patient populations. The end of life experience has been cited as a public health crisis by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and this crisis is one felt even more acutely by patients of this minority race. Structural racism has limited access to the planning mechanisms proven to result in quality end of life care; thus, health systems must initiate remedies in the face of dire need, as African Americans face a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality from many serious illnesses...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407800/advance-directives-and-power-of-attorney-for-health-care-in-the-oldest-old-results-of-the-agequalide-study
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Tobias Luck, Francisca S Rodriguez, Birgitt Wiese, Carolin van der Leeden, Kathrin Heser, Horst Bickel, Jürgen In der Schmitten, Hans-Helmut Koenig, Siegfried Weyerer, Silke Mamone, Tina Mallon, Michael Wagner, Dagmar Weeg, Angela Fuchs, Christian Brettschneider, Jochen Werle, Martin Scherer, Wolfgang Maier, Steffi G Riedel-Heller
BACKGROUND: Completion of advance directives (ADs) and power of attorney (POA) documents may protect a person's autonomy in future health care situations when the individual lacks decisional capacity. As such situations become naturally much more common in old age, we specifically aimed at providing information on (i) the frequency of ADs/POA in oldest-old individuals and (ii) factors associated with having completed ADs/POA. METHODS: We analyzed data of oldest-old primary care patients (85+ years; including community-dwelling and institutionalized individuals) within the German AgeQualiDe study...
April 13, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
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