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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245101/nursing-s-role-in-leading-palliative-care-a-call-to-action
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EDITORIAL
Teresa L Hagan, Jiayun Xu, Ruth P Lopez, Toby Bressler
Palliative care aims to alleviate the suffering of patients with life-limiting illness while promoting their quality of life. In this call to action commentary, we review the ways in which nursing care and palliative care align, describe barriers to nurses engaging in palliative care, and provide specific recommendations for nurses involved in education, training, and administration to assist nurses at all levels of practice to engage in palliative care for their patients.
December 8, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244140/the-distress-and-benefit-to-bereaved-family-members-of-participating-in-a-post-bereavement-survey
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Mitsunori Miyashita, Maho Aoyama, Saki Yoshida, Yuji Yamada, Mutsumi Abe, Kazuhiro Yanagihara, Akemi Shirado, Mariko Shutoh, Yoshiaki Okamoto, Jun Hamano, Aoi Miyamoto, Misato Nakahata
Background: Few studies have simultaneously collected quantitative data regarding the positive and negative effects of participating in post-bereavement surveys. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey in October 2013. Potential participants were caregivers for family members who had died in four inpatient palliative care units, two home hospices, and a general hospital. We collected opinions regarding the distress and benefit of completing a post-bereavement survey...
December 13, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243261/quality-indicators-of-oropharyngeal-cancer-care-in-the-elderly
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Christine G Gourin, Robert J Herbert, Carole Fakhry, Harry Quon, Hyunseok Kang, Ana P Kiess, Wayne M Koch, David W Eisele, Kevin D Frick
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between quality of care, survival, and costs in elderly patients treated for oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer (OPSCC). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare data. METHODS: We evaluated 666 patients diagnosed with OPSCC from 2004 to 2007 using multivariate regression and survival analysis. Using quality indicators derived from guidelines for recommended care, summary measures of quality were calculated for diagnosis, initial treatment, surveillance, treatment for recurrence, end-of-life care, performance, and an overall summary measure of quality...
December 15, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235415/decisional-control-preferences-among-patients-with-advanced-cancer-an-international-multicenter-cross-sectional-survey
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Sriram Yennurajalingam, Luis Fernando Rodrigues, Omar M Shamieh, Colombe Tricou, Marilène Filbet, Kyaw Naing, Akhileshwaran Ramaswamy, Pedro Emilio Perez-Cruz, Mary Jocylyn S Bautista, Sofia Bunge, Mary Ann Muckaden, Sarah Fakrooden, Vikash Sewram, Antonio Noguera Tejedor, Shobha S Rao, Janet L Williams, Diane D Liu, Minjeong Park, Zhanni Lu, Hilda Cantu, David Hui, Suresh K Reddy, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Understanding patients' decision control preferences is important in providing quality cancer care. Patients' decisional control preference can be either active (patients prefer to make decisions themselves), shared (collaborative between patient, their physician, and/or family), or passive (patients prefer that the decisions are made by either the physician and/or their family). AIM: To determine the frequency and predictors of passive decision control preferences among advanced cancer patients...
December 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230125/older-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-treatment-challenges-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Laura Finn, Andrew Dalovisio, James Foran
Background: Even though acute myeloid leukemia (AML) occurs most commonly in adults ≥60 years, the treatment of AML in older patients remains a significant challenge. Methods: We reviewed the current literature regarding patient assessment tools, treatment options, and current therapies in clinical trial for patients with AML who are ≥60 years. Results: Our approach to the older patient with AML is evolving with better understanding of the unique disease epidemiology in this population and the development of tools to assess individual patient functional status, including grading systems for comorbidities, geriatric assessment tools, and measurements of frailty...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230124/oncology-and-palliative-medicine-providing-comprehensive-care-for-patients-with-cancer
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REVIEW
Laura Finn, Alva Roche Green, Sonia Malhotra
Background: Despite the evidence for the fundamental need for palliative medicine services in the practice of oncology, integration of these medical specialties remains a clinical challenge. Methods: We reviewed the current literature regarding the practice of palliative medicine in the field of oncology, examining randomized clinical trials of palliative medicine services in advanced cancer, models of palliative medicine delivery, studies of cost effectiveness, and national palliative medicine practice and referral guidelines...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227577/management-of-pain-in-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-short-review
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REVIEW
Rupesh Raina, Vinod Krishnappa, Mona Gupta
Pain management in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is a complex and challenging task to accomplish, and effective pain and symptom control improves quality of life. Pain is prevalent in more than 50% of hemodialysis patients and up to 75% of these patients are treated ineffectively due to its poor recognition by providers. A good history for PQRST factors and intensity assessment using visual analog scale are the initial steps in the management of pain followed by involvement of palliative care, patient and family counseling, discussion of treatment options, and correction of reversible causes...
December 11, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227301/palliative-care-in-gynecologic-oncology
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Daniel Karlin, Peter Phung, Christopher Pietras
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with gynecologic malignancies face many difficult issues in the course of their diseases, ranging from physical symptoms to advance care planning in light of a poor prognosis. This review examines the evidence supporting integration of palliative care early in the course of disease and symptom management, and provides a framework for difficult conversations. RECENT FINDINGS: Palliative care has been demonstrated to improve quality of life and promote survival if integrated early in the course of disease...
December 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225786/recent-advances-in-managing-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Chiara Scelfo, Antonella Caminati, Sergio Harari
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a rare pulmonary disease with a poor prognosis and severe impact on quality of life. Early diagnosis is still challenging and important delays are registered before final diagnosis can be reached. Available tools fail to predict the variable course of the disease and to evaluate response to antifibrotic drugs. Despite the recent approval of pirfenidone and nintedanib, significant challenges remain to improve prognosis and quality of life. It is hoped that the new insights gained in pathobiology in the last few years will lead to further advances in the diagnosis and management of IPF...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224571/-worried-to-death-the-assessment-and-management-of-anxiety-in-patients-with-advanced-life-limiting-disease-a-national-survey-of-palliative-medicine-physicians
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223416/cost-variation-across-centers-for-the-norwood-operation
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Kimberly E McHugh, Sara K Pasquali, Matthew A Hall, Mark A Scheurer
BACKGROUND: The Norwood operation is associated with high health care utilization, and prior studies reported substantial variability in Norwood costs across centers. However, specific factors driving this cost variation are unclear. We assessed center variability in Norwood costs and underlying mechanisms in a multicenter cohort. METHODS: Clinical data from the Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction trial were linked with cost data from the Children's Hospital Association Inpatient Essentials database...
December 6, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222670/venetoclax-for-treating-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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REVIEW
Hema Mistry, Chidozie Nduka, Martin Connock, Jill Colquitt, Theodoros Mantopoulos, Emma Loveman, Renata Walewska, James Mason
Venetoclax is licensed to treat relapsed or refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). As part of the Single Technology Appraisal (STA) ID944, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited AbbVie, the manufacturer, to submit evidence on the use of venetoclax, within its licensed indication. The Evidence Review Group (ERG), Warwick Evidence, was asked to provide an independent and critical review of the submitted evidence. Evidence came from three single-arm trials in CLL patients with or without 17p deletion [del(17p])/TP53 chromosomal abnormalities...
December 8, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220289/osteosarcoma-chondrosarcoma-and-chordoma
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Jeremy S Whelan, Lara E Davis
Osteosarcoma (OS), chondrosarcoma, and chordoma are characterized by multiple challenges to the investigator, clinician, and patient. One consequence of their rarity among sarcomas, as well as their biologic and clinical heterogeneity, is that management guidelines are inadequate to inform the range of individual patient-treatment decisions from diagnosis, approaches to surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, treatment of recurrence, palliative care, and quality of survivorship. Of high-grade sarcomas, OSs are among the most curable, with more than two-thirds of patients with localized disease likely to achieve long-term survival...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218773/illness-and-end-of-life-experiences-of-children-with-cancer-who-receive-palliative-care
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Erica C Kaye, Courtney A Gushue, Samantha DeMarsh, Jonathan Jerkins, April Sykes, Zhaohua Lu, Jennifer M Snaman, Lindsay Blazin, Liza-Marie Johnson, Deena R Levine, R Ray Morrison, Justin N Baker
BACKGROUND: The field of pediatric palliative oncology is newly emerging. Little is known about the characteristics and illness experiences of children with cancer who receive palliative care (PC). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 321 pediatric oncology patients enrolled in PC who died between 2011 and 2015 was conducted at a large academic pediatric cancer center using a comprehensive standardized data extraction tool. RESULTS: The majority of pediatric palliative oncology patients received experimental therapy (79...
December 8, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217285/outcomes-and-palliative-care-utilization-in-patients-with-dementia-and-acute-abdominal-emergency-opportunities-for-surgical-quality-improvement
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Ana Berlin, Franchesca Hwang, Ranbir Singh, Sri Ram Pentakota, Roshansa Singh, Brad Chernock, Anne C Mosenthal
BACKGROUND: When patients with dementia develop acute surgical abdomen, patients, surrogates, and surgeons need accurate prognostic information to facilitate goal-concordant decision making. Palliative care can assist with communication, symptom management, and family and caregiver support in this population. We aimed to characterize outcomes and patterns of palliative care utilization among patients with dementia, presenting with abdominal surgical emergency. METHOD: We retrospectively queried the National Inpatient Sample for patients aged >50 years with dementia and acute abdominal emergency who were admitted nonelectively 2009-2013, utilizing ICD-9-CM codes for dementia and surgical indication...
December 4, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216857/images-of-god-and-attitudes-towards-death-in-relation-to-spiritual-wellbeing-an-exploratory-side-study-of-the-eortc-qlq-swb32-validation-study-in-palliative-cancer-patients
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Renske Kruizinga, Michael Scherer-Rath, Johannes B A M Schilderman, Mariëtte Weterman, Teresa Young, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven
BACKGROUND: When patients are facing the ends of their lives, spiritual concerns often become more important. It is argued that effective, integrated palliative care should include addressing patients' spiritual wellbeing. In 2002 the EORTC Quality of Life Group began an international study to develop an spiritual wellbeing measure for palliative patients (SWB). Spiritual wellbeing is a complex construct, which comprises multiple contributory components. While conducting the EORTC SWB validation study with Dutch palliative cancer patients we also conducted an exploratory side study to examine the relationship between their spiritual wellbeing, images of God, and attitudes towards death...
December 8, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216521/the-use-of-palliative-medications-before-death-from-prostate-cancer-swedish-population-based-study-with-a-comparative-overview-of-european-data
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Magdalena Lycken, Linda Drevin, Hans Garmo, Pär Stattin, Jan Adolfsson, Ingela Franck Lissbrant, Lars Holmberg, Anna Bill-Axelson
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of terminal cancer have previously been reported as undertreated. The aim of this study was to assess the use of palliative medications before death from prostate cancer. METHODS: This Swedish register study included men who died from 2009 to 2012 with prostate cancer as the underlying cause of death. We assessed the proportion who collected a prescription of androgen deprivation therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, paracetamol, opioids, glucocorticoids, antidepressants, anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics and the differences in treatment related to age, time since diagnosis, educational level, close relatives and comorbidities...
December 4, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215810/pediatric-deaths-attributed-to-complex-chronic-conditions-over-10-years-in-korea-evidence-for-the-need-to-provide-pediatric-palliative-care
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Min Sun Kim, Nam Gu Lim, Hyun Joo Kim, Chohee Kim, Jin Yong Lee
BACKGROUND: Pediatric palliative care (PPC) is the active total care of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Palliative care includes symptom management, psychosocial support, and end-of-life care. Despite significant advances in disease diagnosis and treatment, resources for PPC of children with serious illnesses are limited in Korea. This study aimed to investigate the scale, time trends, disease composition, regional distribution, and unmet needs of children dying from complex chronic conditions (CCCs)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212539/the-relationships-between-the-combination-of-person-and-organization-related-conditions-and-patients-perceptions-of-palliative-care-quality
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Tuva Sandsdalen, Sevald Høye, Ingrid Rystedt, Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Reidun Hov, Bodil Wilde-Larsson
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the combination of person- and organization- related conditions and the relationships with patients' perspectives of care quality. Such a combination could contribute knowledge reflecting the complexity of clinical practice, and enhance individualized care. The aim was to investigate the relationships between the combination of person- and organization-related conditions and patients' perceptions of palliative care quality. METHODS: A cross-sectional study, including 191 patients in the late palliative phase (73% response rate) admitted to hospice inpatient care (n = 72), hospice day care (n = 51), palliative units in nursing homes (n = 30) and home care (n = 38), was conducted between November 2013 and December 2014, using the instrument Quality from the Patients' Perspective specific to palliative care (QPP-PC)...
December 6, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209422/the-potential-of-palliative-care-for-patients-with-respiratory-diseases
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Georgia L Narsavage, Yea-Jyh Chen, Bettina Korn, Ronit Elk
Based on the demonstrated effectiveness of palliative care in the alleviation of symptoms and enhancement of life quality, it is important to incorporate palliative care early in the respiratory disease trajectory. Quality palliative care addresses eight domains that are all patient and family centred. Palliative care interventions in respiratory conditions include management of symptoms such as dyspnoea, cough, haemoptysis, sputum production, fatigue and respiratory secretion management, especially as the end-of-life nears...
December 2017: Breathe
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