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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105900/feasibility-acceptability-and-tolerability-of-rgn107-in-the-palliative-wound-care-management-of-chronic-wound-symptoms
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M Madisetti, T J Kelechi, M Mueller, E J Amella, M A Prentice
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility, acceptability and tolerability of RGN107 use, a natural powder blend of Arnica Montana, Calendula Officinalis, Mentha Arvensis and Santalum Album, among hospice patients and their wound caregivers in the palliative wound care management of chronic wound symptoms at end-of-life. METHOD: Data were collected between May 2013 and November 2015. A pilot trial conducted among 50 hospice patients with symptomatic (pain, odour, or exudate) chronic wounds...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100141/caring-to-learn-and-learning-to-care
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Kristin G Cloyes, Susan J Rosenkranz, Katherine P Supiano, Patricia H Berry, Meghan Routt, Sarah M Llanque, Kathleen Shannon-Dorcy
The increasing numbers of aging and chronically ill prisoners incarcerated in Western nations is well-documented, as is the growing need for prison-based palliative and end-of-life care. Less often discussed is specifically how end-of-life care can and should be provided, by whom, and with what resources. One strategy incorporates prisoner volunteers into end-of-life services within a peer-care program. This article reports on one such program based on focused ethnographic study including in-depth interviews with inmate hospice volunteers, nursing staff, and corrections officers working in the hospice program...
January 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100061/outpatient-palliative-care-and-aggressiveness-of-end-of-life-care-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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Si Won Lee, Hyun Jung Jho, Ji Yeon Baek, Eun Kyung Shim, Hyun Mi Kim, Ji Yeon Ku, Eun Jung Nam, Yoon-Jung Chang, Hye Jin Choi, Sun Young Kim
BACKGROUND: Palliative care in outpatient setting has been shown to promote better symptom management and transition to hospice care among patients with advanced cancer. Nevertheless, specialized palliative care is rarely provided at cancer centers in Korea. Herein, we aimed to assess aggressiveness of end-of-life care for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer according to the use of outpatient palliative care (OPC) at a single cancer center in Korea. METHODS: We performed a retrospective medical record review for 132 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who died between 2011 and 2014...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095941/preparation-for-the-end-of-life-and-life-completion-during-late-stage-lung-cancer-an-exploratory-analysis
#4
Gail Adorno, Cara Wallace
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to explore preparation for the end of life (EoL) and life closure among persons with advanced metastatic lung cancer. Understanding quality of life through the lens of preparation and completion is important since the trajectory of lung cancer can be relatively short, often leading to application of cancer-directed therapies near death without the opportunity for advance planning or palliative care. Clinical research is needed to understand the kinds of distress specific to older adults with advanced lung cancer that are amendable to palliative care interventions...
January 18, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063859/assessing-palliative-care-content-in-dementia-care-guidelines-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Pamela Durepos, Abigail Wickson-Griffiths, Afeez Abiola Hazzan, Sharon Kaasalainen, Vasilia Vastis, Lisa Battistella, Alexandra Papaioannou
CONTEXT: Families of persons with dementia continue to report unmet needs during end-of-life. Strategies to improve care and quality of life for persons with dementia include development of clinical practice guidelines (CPG) and an integrative palliative approach. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess palliative care content in dementia CPGs in order to identify the presence or limitations of recommendations and discussion pertaining to common issues or domains affected by illness as described by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care 'Square of Care'...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056515/race-ethnicity-as-a-predictor-for-location-of-death-in-patients-with-acute-neurovascular-events
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Say Salomon, Elizabeth Chuang, Deepa Bhupali, Daniel Labovitz
BACKGROUND: Site of death is an important quality indicator for patients with terminal illness. Racial and ethnic disparities exist in the quality of end-of-life care. This study explores the site of death of patients admitted for and dying of complications of acute neurovascular events in a hospital network in an urban, low-income, predominantly minority community. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients admitted to 1 of 3 general hospitals that are part of an academic medical center in Bronx, New York, with the diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, or subarachnoid hemorrhage who died during the index admission or were discharged with hospice services...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043807/on-the-ground-floor-looking-up-managing-trainees-uncertainty-at-the-end-of-life
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Ravi B Parikh, Dhruv Khullar
Recent US healthcare policy changes set the stage for integrating palliative and end-of-life care into routine medicine. However, these changes may not affect the daily practice of medical trainees-fellows, residents, and medical students-who as front-line care providers are not always equipped with the skills needed to treat terminally ill patients. We review evidence on trainees' discomfort with end-of-life care and highlight limitations of recent policy changes. Key barriers to proficiency include inadequate conversational training, prognostic uncertainty, and unfamiliarity with hospice and palliative care...
December 30, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039504/end-of-life-care-for-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-a-population-based-study
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Tzu-Lung Kuo, Ching-Heng Lin, Rong-San Jiang, Ting-Ting Yen, Chen-Chi Wang, Kai-Li Liang
PURPOSE: Head and neck cancers (HNCs) usually present a poor prognosis and cause high morbidity rates. Recent surveys have demonstrated that HNC incidence rates are still on the increase in many countries. Our study objective was to assess the end-of-life care for patients with HNCs in Taiwan. METHODS: Data was retrieved from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, where we identified patients who had been diagnosed with HNCs from January 1997 to December 2010...
December 30, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029300/hospice-utilization-and-its-effect-on-acute-care-needs-at-the-end-of-life-in-medicare-beneficiaries-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hanna K Sanoff, YunKyung Chang, Melissa Reimers, Jennifer L Lund
INTRODUCTION: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a poor-prognosis cancer with a high symptom burden. Multidisciplinary HCC care is complex and unique in cancer medicine. We sought to determine whether the distinct process affects hospice use and how hospice affects end-of-life acute care utilization. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients dying after HCC diagnosed from 2004 to 2011 were identified within SEER-Medicare. Hospice use and associated factors were described using logistic regression...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000411/the-role-of-radiation-therapy-in-palliative-care-of-children-with-advanced-cancer-clinical-outcomes-and-patterns-of-care
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Sumeeta Varma, Debra L Friedman, Mark J Stavas
BACKGROUND: There are few published data to guide the use and timing of palliative radiation therapy (RT) in children. We aimed to determine the clinical outcomes of palliative RT in children and the relationship with palliative care and hospice referrals. PROCEDURE: A retrospective chart review was performed on all patients younger than 18 years who received palliative RT in our clinic from January 2005 to January 2015. RESULTS: In the specified time period, 50 children underwent 83 courses of palliative RT...
December 21, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976624/palliative-care-for-dementia-patients
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France Hirot
Dementia is a life-limiting disease without curative treatments but the data suggest that advanced dementia is not viewed as a terminal diagnosis by physicians. Although symptoms of dementia and cancer patients are similar, palliative care is less frequently proposed for dementia patients. However, professionals and family members of demented patients strongly favor comfort care for end-stage dementia. To improve the patients' relief near the end of life, advance care planning with patients and their proxies should be encouraged...
December 1, 2016: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27969036/description-of-good-patient-care-at-the-end-of-life
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Sanghee Kim, Minjeong Seo
OBJECTIVES: The study's objective was to describe nurses' perceptions of and experiences with good end-of-life care in Korea. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive design was applied with 11 Korean nurses who worked in hospice and palliative care settings. Individual 90-120 minute interviews were conducted and content analysis was performed. RESULTS: The following four major themes were extracted from questions regarding nurses' experiences of good end-of-life care: 1) providing appropriate care for symptom management, 2) being present, 3) establishing good relationships, and 4) tailoring care for individualized needs...
November 2016: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940628/what-determines-duration-of-palliative-care-before-death-for-patients-with-advanced-disease-a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-community-and-hospital-palliative-care-provision-in-a-large-uk-city
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Michael I Bennett, Lucy Ziegler, Matthew Allsop, Sunitha Daniel, Adam Hurlow
OBJECTIVE: For patients with advanced cancer, several randomised controlled trials have shown that access to palliative care at least 6 months before death can improve symptoms, reduce unplanned hospital admissions, minimise aggressive cancer treatments and enable patients to make choices about their end-of-life care, including exercising the choice to die at home. This study determines in a UK population the duration of palliative care before death and explores influencing factors...
December 9, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927732/trauma-informed-hospice-and-palliative-care
#14
Barbara L Ganzel
This review highlights the need to integrate trauma-informed practices into hospice and palliative care. The pervasiveness of psychological trauma exposure has been established in the general population and among the elderly adults. Moreover, there is emerging evidence for multiple additional opportunities for exposure to psychological trauma at or near the end of life. For example, many people experience intensive medical interventions prior to their admission to hospice and/or palliative care, and there is increasing recognition that these interventions may be traumatic...
December 7, 2016: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920549/management-of-hypoglycemia-in-nondiabetic-palliative-care-patients-a-prognosis-based-approach
#15
REVIEW
Victor C Kok, Ping-Hsueh Lee
Hypoglycemia due to underlying terminal illness in nondiabetic end-of-life patients receiving palliative care has not been fully studied. For example, we do not have adequate information on the frequency of spontaneous hypoglycemia in patients as occurs during the different stages of palliative care. Depending on the case-mix nature of the palliative care ward, at least 2% of palliative care patients may develop hypoglycemia near the end of life when the remaining life expectancy counts down in days. As many as 25%-60% of these patients will neither have autonomic response nor have neuroglycopenic symptoms during a hypoglycemic episode...
2016: Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918778/efficacy-of-oral-risperidone-haloperidol-or-placebo-for-symptoms-of-delirium-among-patients-in-palliative-care-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Meera R Agar, Peter G Lawlor, Stephen Quinn, Brian Draper, Gideon A Caplan, Debra Rowett, Christine Sanderson, Janet Hardy, Brian Le, Simon Eckermann, Nicola McCaffrey, Linda Devilee, Belinda Fazekas, Mark Hill, David C Currow
Importance: Antipsychotics are widely used for distressing symptoms of delirium, but efficacy has not been established in placebo-controlled trials in palliative care. Objective: To determine efficacy of risperidone or haloperidol relative to placebo in relieving target symptoms of delirium associated with distress among patients receiving palliative care. Design, Setting, and Participants: A double-blind, parallel-arm, dose-titrated randomized clinical trial was conducted at 11 Australian inpatient hospice or hospital palliative care services between August 13, 2008, and April 2, 2014, among participants with life-limiting illness, delirium, and a delirium symptoms score (sum of Nursing Delirium Screening Scale behavioral, communication, and perceptual items) of 1 or more...
January 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900726/survey-on-german-palliative-care-specialists-experiences-with-advance-directives
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Julia Zenz, Michael Zenz
INTRODUCTION: Advance directives (AD) play a central role in end-of-life treatments, intensive care, and palliative care. However, little is known about the experiences of healthcare professionals with ADs. This study reports on palliative care professionals' views on advance directives (AD). METHODS: A questionnaire was handed out to attendants of a palliative care symposium. RESULTS: Complete answers were obtained from 126 physicians and 276 nurses...
November 29, 2016: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896388/-dying-and-death-in-societal-transformation
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Andreas Heller, Klaus Wegleitner
Dying and death in modern societies are subject to profound social, professional and cultural-religious changes. Secularization and a stronger differentiation of societies have led to a change in the way humans handle the dying process. Normatively ritualized collective behaviour has been replaced by an individual, subjectivized approach. In late modern societies there are many different views of what "successful" or "good" dying means.In the article this change is described by the following seven theses: 1...
January 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892676/palliative-care-for-patients-with-gynecologic-cancer-in-japan-a-japan-society-of-gynecologic-palliative-medicine-jsgpm-survey
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Masayuki Futagami, Yoshihito Yokoyama, Tetsumi Sato, Kazuyoshi Hirota, Muneaki Shimada, Etsuko Miyagi, Nao Suzuki, Masaki Fujimura
Purpose: To evaluate palliative care for patients with gynecologic cancer in Japan. Materials and Method: A questionnaire asking facility characteristics, systems to coordinate palliative care, current status of end-of-life care, provision of symptom relief, palliative radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and cases of death from gynecological cancer, was mailed to facilities treating gynecologic cancer. Results: A total of 115 facilities (29.3% of the total) responded to the questionnaire. Of these, 33.0 (29...
1, 2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878330/-volunteering-in-end-of-life-care-challenges-problems-and-perspectives
#20
Werner Schneider
Volunteering in the hospice movement has had a profound impact on generating awareness of hospice work and palliative care in the context of supporting dying persons and their relatives as well as on integrating respective services in the existing health care system. This paper focuses on two specific questions: First, it asks how society is changing with respect to dealing with dying and death, and more precisely with dying persons, which is recognizable by the integration of hospice work and palliative care in the healthcare system and related to the relevance of volunteering in the sense of a citizens' movement...
January 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
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