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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640487/a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-difficulties-influencing-decision-making-at-the-end-of-life-for-people-with-dementia
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Kethakie Lamahewa, Rammya Mathew, Steve Iliffe, Jane Wilcock, Jill Manthorpe, Elizabeth L Sampson, Nathan Davies
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a progressive neurodegenerative condition characterized by declining functional and cognitive abilities. The quality of end of life care for people with dementia in the UK can be poor. Several difficult decisions may arise at the end of life, relating to the care of the person with dementia, for example management of comorbidities. OBJECTIVE: To explore difficulties in decision making for practitioners and family carers at the end of life for people with dementia...
June 22, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636455/the-role-of-the-healthcare-chaplain-a-literature-review
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Fiona Timmins, Sílvia Caldeira, Maryanne Murphy, Nicolas Pujol, Greg Sheaf, Elizabeth Weathers, Jacqueline Whelan, Bernadette Flanagan
Healthcare chaplains operate in many healthcare sites internationally and yet their contribution is not always clearly understood by medical and healthcare staff. This review aims to explore the chaplains' role in healthcare, with a view to informing best practice in future healthcare chaplaincy. Overall the extent of the provision and staffing of chaplaincy service internationally is unclear. From this review, several key spiritual and pastoral roles in healthcare emerge including a potential contribution to ethical decision making at the end of life...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636405/conventional-polysomnography-is-not-necessary-for-the-management-of-most-patients-with-suspected-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Jaime Corral, Maria-Ángeles Sánchez-Quiroga, Carmen Carmona-Bernal, Ángeles Sánchez-Armengol, Alicia Sánchez-de-la-Torre, Joaquín Durán-Cantolla, Carlos J Egea, Neus Salord, Carmen Monasterio, Joaquín Terán, M Luz Alonso-Alvarez, Jesús Muñoz-Méndez, Eva M Arias, Marta Cabello, Josep M Montserrat, Mónica De la Peña, José C Serrano, Ferran Barbe, Juan F Masa
RATIONALE: Home respiratory polygraphy may be a simpler alternative to in-laboratory polysomnography for the management of more symptomatic obstructive sleep apnea patients, but its effectiveness has not been evaluated across a broad clinical spectrum. OBJECTIVE: To compare the long-term effectiveness (6 months) of home respiratory polygraphy and polysomnography management protocols in patients with intermediate to high sleep apnea suspicion (most patients requiring a sleep study)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631809/anabolic-steroids-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Cho Naing, Maxine A Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop as a result of a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, or both. The ulcers usually arise over a bony prominence, and are recognised as a common medical problem affecting people confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time. Anabolic steroids are used as off-label drugs (drugs which are used without regulatory approval) and have been used as adjuvants to usual treatment with dressings, debridement, nutritional supplements, systemic antibiotics and antiseptics, which are considered to be supportive in healing of pressure ulcers...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619775/retrospective-cohort-study-of-all-deaths-among-infants-born-between-22-and-27-completed-weeks-of-gestation-in-switzerland-over-a-3-year-period
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T M Berger, M A Steurer, H U Bucher, J C Fauchère, M Adams, R E Pfister, R Baumann-Hölzle, D Bassler
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this research is to assess causes and circumstances of deaths in extremely low gestational age neonates (ELGANs) born in Switzerland over a 3-year period. DESIGN: Population-based, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: All nine level III perinatal centres (neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) and affiliated obstetrical services) in Switzerland. PATIENTS: ELGANs with a gestational age (GA) <28 weeks who died between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2015...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618897/shared-decision-making-about-palliative-chemotherapy-a-qualitative-observation-of-talk-about-patients-preferences
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Inge Henselmans, Hanneke Wm Van Laarhoven, Jane Van der Vloodt, Hanneke Cjm De Haes, Ellen Ma Smets
BACKGROUND: Particularly at the end of life, treatment decisions should be shared and incorporate patients' preferences. This study examines elaboration and preference construction. AIM: To examine the values, appraisals and preferences that patients express, as well as the oncologists' communicative behaviour that facilitates these expressions in consultations on palliative chemotherapy. DESIGN: Verbatim transcripts of audio-recorded consultations ( n = 60) were analysed in MAXqda10 software...
July 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618896/managing-risk-during-care-transitions-when-approaching-end-of-life-a-qualitative-study-of-patients-and-health-care-professionals-decision-making
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Maureen A Coombs, Roses Parker, Kay de Vries
BACKGROUND: Increasing importance is being placed on the coordination of services at the end of life. AIM: To describe decision-making processes that influence transitions in care when approaching the end of life. DESIGN: Qualitative study using field observations and longitudinal semi-structured interviews. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Field observations were undertaken in three sites: a residential care home, a medical assessment unit and a general medical unit in New Zealand...
July 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604116/the-cognitive-decline-in-older-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-cope-study-rationale-and-design
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Noeleen Berkhout-Byrne, Marije H Kallenberg, André Gaasbeek, Ton J Rabelink, Sebastiaan Hammer, Mark A van Buchem, Matthias J van Osch, Lucia J M Kroft, Henk Boom, Simon P Mooijaart, Marjolijn van Buren
BACKGROUND: Older patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) are at increased risk for cognitive decline, but detailed studies of the magnitude of cognitive decline on dialysis or comprehensive conservative management (CCM) are lacking and the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms have poorly been studied. OBJECTIVE: To describe the rationale and design of the COPE study. Study objectives are firstly to examine the severity of cognitive impairment in older patients reaching ESRD before dialysis and the rate of decline after dialysis or CCM initiation...
June 10, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583175/are-advance-directives-helpful-for-good-end-of-life-decision-making-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-health-professionals
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Eimantas Peicius, Aurelija Blazeviciene, Raimondas Kaminskas
BACKGROUND: This paper joins the debate over changes in the role of health professionals when applying advance directives to manage the decision-making process at the end of life care. Issues in relation to advance directives occur in clinical units in Lithuania; however, it remains one of the few countries in the European Union (EU) where the discussion on advance directives is not included in the health-care policy-making agenda. To encourage the discussion of advance directives, a study was designed to examine health professionals' understanding and preferences related to advance directives...
June 5, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578671/serious-child-and-adolescent-behaviour-disorders-a-valuation-study-by-professionals-youth-and-parents
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Karin M Vermeulen, Daniëlle E M C Jansen, Erik Buskens, Erik J Knorth, Sijmen A Reijneveld
BACKGROUND: In child and youth care, quantitative estimates of the impact of serious behaviour problems have not yet been made. Such input is needed to support decision making on investments in treatment. The aim of this paper was to elicit valuations of social and conduct disorders in children and adolescents from three different perspectives: professionals, youth, and parents. METHODS: We obtained valuations from 25 youth care professionals, 50 children (age 9-10) without serious behaviour problems and 36 adolescents (age 16-17) with and without serious behaviour disorders, and 46 parents with children in the aforementioned age categories...
June 2, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553084/engagement-focused-care-during-transitions-from-inpatient-and-emergency-psychiatric-facilities
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Dawn I Velligan, Megan M Fredrick, Cynthia Sierra, Kiley Hillner, John Kliewer, David L Roberts, Jim Mintz
OBJECTIVES: As many as 40% of those with serious mental illness (SMI) do not attend any outpatient visits in the 30 days following discharge. We examined engagement-focused care (EFC) versus treatment as usual in a university-based transitional care clinic (TCC) with a 90-day program serving individuals with SMI discharged from hospitals and emergency rooms. EFC included a unique group intake process (access group) designed to get individuals into care rapidly and a shared decision-making coach...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530141/decisions-around-long-term-ventilation-for-children-perspectives-of-directors-of-pediatric-home-ventilation-programs
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Jeffrey D Edwards, Marilyn C Morris, Judith E Nelson, Howard B Panitch, Rachel L Miller
RATIONALE: The decision of whether to initiate or forgo long-term ventilation for children with life-limiting conditions can be complex and impactful. Providers are responsible for helping families to understand the consequences of their options and guiding them through shared decision-making, but little has been published on how to do this. OBJECTIVES: To assess how directors of pediatric home ventilation programs facilitate shared decision-making with families facing decisions of whether to initiate or forgo long-term ventilation for their children with life-limiting conditions...
May 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506865/protocol-driven-neurological-prognostication-and-withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapy-after-cardiac-arrest-and-targeted-temperature-management
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Irina Dragancea, Matthew P Wise, Nawaf Al-Subaie, Julius Cranshaw, Hans Friberg, Guy Glover, Tommaso Pellis, Rebecca Rylance, Andrew Walden, Niklas Nielsen, Tobias Cronberg
BACKGROUND: Brain injury is reportedly the main cause of death for patients resuscitated after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). However, the majority may actually die following withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy (WLST) with a presumption of poor neurological recovery. We investigated how the protocol for neurological prognostication was used and how related treatment recommendations might have affected WLST decision-making and outcome after OHCA in the targeted temperature management (TTM) trial...
May 12, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504894/preventing-burdensome-transitions-of-nursing-home-residents-with-advanced-dementia-it-s-more-than-advance-directives
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Ruth Palan Lopez, Susan L Mitchell, Jane L Givens
BACKGROUND: Although a palliative approach to care is recommended for people with advanced dementia, many nursing home (NH) residents with dementia experience burdensome interventions such as hospital transfers at the end of life. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to examine how decisions to transfer NH residents with advanced dementia are made, from the perspective of NH nurses and physicians. METHODS: A qualitative, descriptive method was used...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504892/palliative-care-interventions-before-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-in-both-bridge-to-transplant-and-destination-therapy
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Shunichi Nakagawa, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Paolo C Colombo, Yoshifumi Naka, Craig D Blinderman
BACKGROUND: The optimal level of palliative care (PC) involvement in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy has yet to be determined. OBJECTIVE: Describe the feasibility of PC intervention to elucidate patients' goals and values in LVAD therapy in both destination therapy (DT) and bridge to transplant (BTT). DESIGN: Single center, prospective, single-arm study. SETTING/SUBJECTS: All patients who received mandatory PC consultation, using a semistructured script, before LVAD implantation (PreVAD evaluation)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494653/patterns-and-yearly-time-trends-in-the-use-of-radiation-therapy-during-the-last-30-days-of-life-among-patients-with-metastatic-rectal-cancer-in-the-united-states-from-2004-to-2012
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Adan Z Becerra, Christian P Probst, Fergal J Fleming, Zhaomin Xu, Christopher T Aquina, Carla F Justiniano, Courtney I Boodry, Alex A Swanger, Katia Noyes, Alan W Katz, John R Monson, Todd A Jusko
PURPOSE: Although radiation therapy (RT) can provide palliative benefits for patients with metastatic rectal cancer, its role at the end of life remains unclear. The objective of this study was to assess sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with the use of RT during the last 30 days of life and to evaluate yearly time trends in RT utilization among stage IV patients with rectal cancer. METHODS: The 2004 to 2012 National Cancer DataBase was queried for patients with metastatic rectal cancer who had a documented death during follow-up...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480126/the-life-process-of-children-who-survived-the-manjil-earthquake-a-decaying-or-renewing-process
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Abbas Shamsalinia, Fatemeh Ghaffari, Nahid Dehghan-Nayeri, Sarieh Poortaghi
INTRODUCTION: Among earthquake survivors, children are more vulnerable than other age groups due to their exposure to harrowing scenes of devastation as well as their drastically new living situations that result from an earthquake disaster. The life process of children survivors undergoes many different changes that are affected by a wide range of factors. Understanding the life process of these children may lead to effective outcomes and interventions. In addition, observing children survivors establishes knowledge and understanding of the challenges that correspond with earthquake disasters...
April 4, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479121/ethical-considerations-and-palliative-care-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-review
#18
REVIEW
V Danel-Brunaud, L Touzet, L Chevalier, C Moreau, D Devos, S Vandolaeghe, L Defebvre
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not a curable disease, but it is treatable. By definition, much of the care provided to ALS patients is palliative, even though active life-sustaining strategies are available to prolong survival. Healthcare professionals must develop communication skills that help patients cope with the inexorable progression of the disease and the inevitability of death. Symptomatic treatments as well as respiratory insufficiency and nutritional life-sustaining therapies must be regularly evaluated as the disease progresses, without losing sight of the burden placed on the patient's non-professional caregivers...
May 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478847/the-preoperative-reaction-and-decision-making-process-regarding-colostomy-surgery-among-chinese-rectal-cancer-patients
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Jun-E Zhang, Frances Kam Yuet Wong, Mei-Chun Zheng
PURPOSE: Patients with rectal cancer have issues in adjusting to their permanent colostomy after surgery, and support is required to help them resume normal life. However, few studies have explored the experience and factors that affect a patient's decision-making and maladjustment prior to colostomy surgery. The aim of this study was to explore the experience of rectal cancer patients who have to undergo colostomy surgery. METHOD: A descriptive, qualitative design was used...
June 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476218/-bioethics-in-end-of-life-decisions-in-neonatology-unresolved-issues
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Juan Arnaez, Juan Carlos Tejedor, Sonia Caserío, María Teresa Montes, María Teresa Moral, Javier González de Dios, Alfredo García-Alix
This document is the result of previous work carried out by different expert groups and submitted to multidisciplinary debate at a Conference about controversial, deficient, or new aspects in the field of neonatal palliative care, such as: 1) the deliberative decision-making process, 2) hospital and domiciliary palliative care, 3) donation after controlled cardiac death, and 4) moral stress in professionals. The most relevant conclusions were: the need to instruct professionals in bioethics and in the deliberative method to facilitate thorough and reasonable decision-making; the lack of development in the field of perinatal palliative care and domiciliary palliative care in hospitals that attend newborns; the need to provide neonatal units with resources that help train professionals in communication skills and in the management of moral distress, as well as delineate operational procedure and guidelines for neonatal organ donation...
May 2, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
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