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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097432/attitudes-of-palliative-home-care-physicians-towards-palliative-sedation-at-home-in-italy
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Alessandro Mercadante, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
BACKGROUND: Information about the attitudes towards palliative sedation (PS) at home is limited. AIM: The aim of this survey was to assess the attitudes of palliative care physicians in Italy regarding PS at home. DESIGN: A questionnaire was submitted to a sample of palliative care physicians, asking information about their activity and attitudes towards PS at home. SETTING: This is a survey of home care physicians in Italy who were involved in end-of-life care decisions at home...
January 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086861/managing-shades-of-grey-a-focus-group-study-exploring-community-dwellers-views-on-advance-care-planning-in-older-people
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Natasha Michael, Clare O'Callaghan, Emma Sayers
BACKGROUND: Community-dwelling consumers of healthcare are increasing, many aging with life-limiting conditions and deteriorating cognition. However, few have had advance care planning discussions or completed documentation to ensure future care preferences are acted upon. This study examines the awareness, attitudes, and experiences of advance care planning amongst older people and unrelated offspring/caregivers of older people residing in the community. METHODS: Qualitative descriptive research, which included focus groups with older people (55+ years) and older people's offspring/caregivers living in an Australian city and surrounding rural region...
January 13, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074585/a-good-death
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Tia Powell, Adira Hulkower
A good death is hard to find. Family members tell us that loved ones die in the wrong place-the hospital-and do not receive high-quality care at the end of life. This issue of the Hastings Center Report offers two articles from authors who strive to provide good end-of-life care and to prevent needless suffering. We agree with their goals, but we have substantial reservations about the approaches they recommend. Respect for the decisions of patients and their surrogates is a relatively new and still vulnerable aspect of medical care...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063865/evaluation-of-a-mastery-learning-intervention-on-hospitalists-code-status-discussion-skills
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Rashmi K Sharma, Eytan Szmuilowicz, Adeboye Ogunseitan, Sasha F Jones, Jessica A Montalvo, Kevin J O'Leary, Diane B Wayne
CONTEXT: Although code status discussions (CSD) occur frequently in the hospital setting, discussions often lack content necessary for informed decision making. Simulation-based mastery learning (SBML) has been used to improve clinical skills among resident physicians and may provide a novel way to improve hospitalists' CSD skills. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this pilot randomized controlled trial was to develop and evaluate a CSD SBML intervention for hospitalists...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062650/euthanasia-embedded-in-palliative-care-responses-to-essentialistic-criticisms-of-the-belgian-model-of-integral-end-of-life-care
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Jan L Bernheim, Kasper Raus
The Belgian model of 'integral' end-of-life care consists of universal access to palliative care (PC) and legally regulated euthanasia. As a first worldwide, the Flemish PC organisation has embedded euthanasia in its practice. However, some critics have declared the Belgian-model concepts of 'integral PC' and 'palliative futility' to fundamentally contradict the essence of PC. This article analyses the various essentialistic arguments for the incompatibility of euthanasia and PC. The empirical evidence from the euthanasia-permissive Benelux countries shows that since legalisation, carefulness (of decision making) at the end of life has improved and there have been no significant adverse 'slippery slope' effects...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054288/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-complicated-grief-are-common-in-caregivers-of-neuro-icu-patients
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Stephen A Trevick, Aaron S Lord
BACKGROUND: To explore the effect of end of life and other palliative decision making scenarios on the mental health of family members of patients in the neuro-intensive care unit. METHODS: Decision makers of patients in the neuro-ICU at a large, urban, academic medical center meeting palliative care triggers were identified from November 10, 2014, to August 27, 2015. Interviews were conducted at 1 and 6 months post-enrollment. At 1 month, the Inventory of Complicated Grief-Revised (ICG-R), Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R), and the Family Satisfaction-ICU (FS-ICU) were performed along with basic demographic questionnaires...
January 4, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043082/a-dialysis-patient-s-choice-and-a-nephrologist-s-obligation-the-need-to-understand-and-value-the-patient-s-perspective
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EDITORIAL
Juliya Hemmett, Christopher W McIntyre
Patient-centered care is critical to the successful management of chronic diseases, such as chronic kidney disease. While a course of treatment may prolong life it may come with a reduced quality of life (QOL). For many patients, the decision to prolong life at the expense of lower QOL is not an obvious choice. Dialysis patients make treatment decisions daily, some of which can be life-altering. Therefore, the need for optimal decision-making may be more pressing in dialysis patients than in many other chronic disease states...
January 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031256/organ-donation-after-medical-assistance-in-dying-or-cessation-of-life-sustaining-treatment-requested-by-conscious-patients-the-canadian-context
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Julie Allard, Marie-Chantal Fortin
In June 2016, following the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to decriminalise assistance in dying, the Canadian government enacted Bill C-14, legalising medical assistance in dying (MAID). In 2014, the province of Quebec had passed end-of-life care legislation making MAID available as of December 2015. The availability of MAID has many implications, including the possibility of combining this practice with organ donation through the controlled donation after cardiac death (cDCD) protocol. cDCD most often occurs in cases where the patient has a severe neurological injury but does not meet all the criteria for brain death...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029695/sense-of-control-in-end-of-life-decision-making
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Rafael D Romo, Theresa A Allison, Alexander K Smith, Margaret I Wallhagen
OBJECTIVES: To explore how older adults in the community with a limited life expectancy make healthcare decisions and the processes used when they are not in an acute crisis. DESIGN: Grounded theory. SETTING: Medical programs and geriatrics clinics at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling adults aged 67 to 98 with a life expectancy of less than 1 year (N = 20)...
December 28, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028266/-case-study-a-successful-cooperation-of-clinic-pharmacist-and-pharmacies-in-home-palliative-care-with-pca-pump
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Michiyo Kawana, Haruko Yuge, Hirokazu Sakurai, Minoru Hatsuta, Yuko Osuga, Masayoshi Hirohara, Kazuki Kushida
To make a good end at home and provide good palliative care for patients with cancer are urgent issues in Setagaya ward, as shown by certain statistics. Medical opioids are greatly needed for palliative care; as patient controlled analgesia(PCA) develops, it can lead to decisions by patients and their families to receive end-of-life care at home because the patient can choose to receive the same advanced palliative care received at the hospital. With in-home palliative care, given the rapid change in the medical condition of the patient and the sentiment of the family, the role of pharmacists is to quickly and reliably supply the pharmaceuticals and medical equipment that doctors need...
December 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028265/-current-state-of-medical-support-by-nurses-to-guide-cancer-patients-to-at-home-death
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Mitsuru Tange, Kaori Hoshina, Takashi Tsuda
The aim of this study is to clarify the palliative care support in home-based settings for patients with end-stage cancer. Fifty patients who died at home were analyzed. MSC nurses listened to the patients and informal caregivers for their preferences for place of death. Home death was selected by 30%of participants prior to the environment adjustment support and by 68% after. The period leading up to home care that started with the adjustment assistance by MSC was 5 days(median). Nurse support by the MSC is intended to promote decision making regarding the place of end-of-life care...
December 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027614/decision-modelling-in-donation-after-circulatory-death-dcd-liver-transplantation
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K A McLean, J Camilleri-Brennan, S R Knight, T Drake, R Ots, C A Shaw, S J Wigmore, E M Harrison
INTRODUCTION: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) liver allografts are increasingly used for transplantation. However, the post-transplantation clinical and quality of life outcomes of DCD recipients are traditionally considered to be inferior compared with donation after brain death (DBD) allograft recipients. Decision making for such marginal organs can be difficult. This study investigated the optimal decision to accept or decline a DCD liver allograft for a patient based on their current health...
December 27, 2016: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007621/instability-of-willingness-to-accept-life-sustaining-treatments-of-patients-with-advanced-chronic-organ-failure-during-one-year
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Carmen H M Houben, Martijn A Spruit, Jos M G A Schols, Emiel F M Wouters, Daisy J A Janssen
BACKGROUND: For optimal end-of-life decision-making, it is important to understand the stability of patients' treatment preferences. The aim of this article is to examine stability of willingness to accept life-sustaining treatments during one-year follow-up in Dutch patients with advanced chronic organ failure. In addition, we want to explore the association between willingness to accept high-burden treatment and preferences for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and mechanical ventilation (MV)...
December 19, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005231/life-long-tailoring-of-management-for-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-awareness-and-decision-making-in-changing-scenarios
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M Michels, I Olivotto, F W Asselbergs, J van der Velden
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common genetic heart disease, characterised by complex pathophysiology and extensive genetic and clinical heterogeneity. In most patients, HCM is caused by mutations in cardiac sarcomere protein genes and inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. The clinical phenotype ranges from severe presentations at a young age to lack of left ventricular hypertrophy in genotype-positive individuals. No preventative treatment is available as the sequence and causality of the pathomechanisms that initiate and exacerbate HCM are unknown...
December 22, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002546/use-of-risk-models-to-predict-death-in-the-next-year-among-individual-ambulatory-patients-with-heart-failure
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Larry A Allen, Daniel D Matlock, Susan M Shetterly, Stanley Xu, Wayne C Levy, Laura B Portalupi, Colleen K McIlvennan, Jerry H Gurwitz, Eric S Johnson, David H Smith, David J Magid
Importance: The clinical practice guidelines for heart failure recommend the use of validated risk models to estimate prognosis. Understanding how well models identify individuals who will die in the next year informs decision making for advanced treatments and hospice. Objective: To quantify how risk models calculated in routine practice estimate more than 50% 1-year mortality among ambulatory patients with heart failure who die in the subsequent year. Design, Setting, and Participants: Ambulatory adults with heart failure from 3 integrated health systems were enrolled between 2005 and 2008...
December 21, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986800/a-matter-of-life-and-death-controversy-at-the-interface-between-clinical-and-legal-decision-making-in-prolonged-disorders-of-consciousness
#16
Lynne Turner-Stokes
Best interests decision-making and end-of-life care for patients in permanent vegetative or minimally conscious states (VS/MCS) is a complex area of clinical and legal practice, which is poorly understood by most clinicians, lawyers and members of the public. In recent weeks, the Oxford Shrieval lecture by Mr Justice Baker ('A Matter of Life and Death', 11 October 2016) and its subsequent reporting in the public press has sparked debate on the respective roles of clinicians, the Court of Protection and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatments from patients with disorders of consciousness...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982484/how-and-why-are-subcutaneous-fluids-administered-in-an-advanced-illness-population-a-systematic-review
#17
Liz Forbat, Natalie Kunicki, Michael Chapman, Clare Lovell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To identify the mechanisms of subcutaneous fluid administration in advanced illness. BACKGROUND: Hydration at end of life is a fundamental issue in quality care internationally. Decision-making regarding the provision of artificial hydration in advanced illness is complicated by a paucity of evidence-based guidance. Despite considerable attention given to the topic including two recent Cochrane reviews, there has been no focus in systematically identifying papers that report the mechanisms for delivering hydration subcutaneously...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978419/-why-didn
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Michele Levinson, Amber Mills, Jonathan Barrett, Gaya Sritharan, Anthea Gellie
Objective The aim of the present study was to understand the reasons for the delivery of non-beneficial cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) attempts in a tertiary private hospital over 12 months. We determined doctors' expectations of survival after CPR for their patient, whether they had considered a not-for-resuscitation (NFR) order and the barriers to completion of NFR orders.Methods Anonymous questionnaires were sent to the doctors primarily responsible for a given patient's care in the hospital within 2 weeks of the unsuccessful CPR attempt...
December 16, 2016: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977605/burnout-in-the-intensive-care-unit-professionals-a-systematic-review
#19
Chien-Huai Chuang, Pei-Chi Tseng, Chun-Yu Lin, Kuan-Han Lin, Yen-Yuan Chen
BACKGROUND: Burnout has been described as a prolonged response to chronic emotional and interpersonal stress on the job that is often the result of a period of expending excessive effort at work while having too little recovery time. Healthcare workers who work in a stressful medical environment, especially in an intensive care unit (ICU), may be particularly susceptible to burnout. In healthcare workers, burnout may affect their well-being and the quality of professional care they provide and can, therefore, be detrimental to patient safety...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941464/end-of-life-in-a-haitian-american-faith-based-community-caring-for-family-and-communal-unity
#20
Susan Charlotte Ladd, Shirley C Gordon
This article presents two models resulting from a grounded theory study of the end-of-life decision-making process for Haitian Americans. Successful access to this vulnerable population was achieved through the faith-based community. The first model describes this faith-based community of Haitian Americans. The second model describes the process used by families in this community who must make end-of-life healthcare decisions. Implications for nursing practice and caring science include a need to improve the congruence between the nursing care provided at this vulnerable time and the cultural values of a population...
January 2017: Journal of Christian Nursing: a Quarterly Publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
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