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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726065/automatic-referral-to-standardize-palliative-care-access-an-international-delphi-survey
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David Hui, Masanori Mori, Yee-Choon Meng, Sharon M Watanabe, Augusto Caraceni, Florian Strasser, Tiina Saarto, Nathan Cherny, Paul Glare, Stein Kaasa, Eduardo Bruera
PURPOSE: Palliative care referral is primarily based on clinician judgment, contributing to highly variable access. Standardized criteria to trigger automatic referral have been proposed, but it remains unclear how best to apply them in practice. We conducted a Delphi study of international experts to identify a consensus for the use of standardized criteria to trigger automatic referral. METHODS: Sixty international experts stated their level of agreement for 14 statements regarding the use of clinician-based referral and automatic referral over two Delphi rounds...
July 19, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723252/across-the-continuum-how-inpatient-palliative-care-consultations-are-reported-in-hospital-discharge-summaries
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Nikki Miller, John Shuler, Deon Hayley, Jianghua He, Karin Porter-Williamson, Jessica Kalender-Rich
BACKGROUND: Inpatient Palliative Care (PC) consultations help develop a patient-centered and quality-of-life-focused plan of care for patients with serious illness. Discharge summaries (DSs) are an essential tool to maintain continuity of these care plans across multiple locations and providers. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of selected DSs of patients who received inpatient PC consultations at the University of Kansas Hospital from July 2011 to May 2015...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720558/my-team-of-care-study-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-web-based-communication-tool-for-collaborative-care-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Teja Voruganti, Eva Grunfeld, Trevor Jamieson, Allison M Kurahashi, Bhadra Lokuge, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Muhammad Mamdani, Rahim Moineddin, Amna Husain
BACKGROUND: The management of patients with complex care needs requires the expertise of health care providers from multiple settings and specialties. As such, there is a need for cross-setting, cross-disciplinary solutions that address deficits in communication and continuity of care. We have developed a Web-based tool for clinical collaboration, called Loop, which assembles the patient and care team in a virtual space for the purpose of facilitating communication around care management...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718298/a-systematic-review-of-the-prevalence-of-comorbid-cancer-and-dementia-and-its-implications-for-cancer-related-care
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L McWilliams, C Farrell, G Grande, J Keady, C Swarbrick, J Yorke
OBJECTIVES: A comorbid diagnosis of cancer and dementia (cancer-dementia) may have unique implications for patient cancer-related experience. The objectives were to estimate prevalence of cancer-dementia and related experiences of people with dementia, their carers and cancer clinicians including cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. METHOD: Databases were searched (CINAHL, Psychinfo, Medline, Embase, BNI) using key terms such as dementia, cancer and experience...
July 18, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717725/minding-the-gaps-in-cancer-pain-management-education-a-multicenter-study-of-clinical-residents-and-fellows-in-a-low-versus-high-resource-setting
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Charles Amoatey Odonkor, Ernest Osei-Bonsu, Oswald Tetteh, Andy Haig, Robert Samuel Mayer, Thomas J Smith
PURPOSE: Inadequate pain management training has been reported as a major cause of undertreatment of cancer pain. Yet, past research has not comprehensively compared the quality of cancer pain management education among physicians in training in high-resource countries (HRCs) with those in low-resource countries (LRCs). The purpose of this study was to examine and compare gaps in cancer pain management education among physician trainees in an HRC (United States) versus an LRC (Ghana)...
December 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717717/management-and-care-of-women-with-invasive-cervical-cancer-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-resource-stratified-clinical-practice-guideline
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Linus T Chuang, Sarah Temin, Rolando Camacho, Alfonso Dueñas-Gonzalez, Sarah Feldman, Murat Gultekin, Vandana Gupta, Susan Horton, Graciela Jacob, Elizabeth A Kidd, Kennedy Lishimpi, Carolyn Nakisige, Joo-Hyun Nam, Hextan Yuen Sheung Ngan, William Small, Gillian Thomas, Jonathan S Berek
PURPOSE: To provide evidence-based, resource-stratified global recommendations to clinicians and policymakers on the management and palliative care of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. METHODS: ASCO convened a multidisciplinary, multinational panel of cancer control, medical and radiation oncology, health economic, obstetric and gynecologic, and palliative care experts to produce recommendations reflecting resource-tiered settings. A systematic review of literature from 1966 to 2015 failed to yield sufficiently strong quality evidence to support basic- and limited-resource setting recommendations; a formal consensus-based process was used to develop recommendations...
October 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716616/relationship-between-spirituality-meaning-in-life-psychological-distress-wish-for-hastened-death-and-their-influence-on-quality-of-life-in-palliative-care-patients
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Mathieu Bernard, Florian Strasser, Claudia Gamondi, Giliane Braunschweig, Michaela Forster, Karin Kaspers-Elekes, Silvia Walther Veri, Gian Domenico Borasio
CONTEXT: Spiritual, existential, and psychological issues represent central components of quality of life (QOL) in palliative care. A better understanding of the dynamic underlying these components is essential for the development of interventions tailored to the palliative context. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to explore (i) the relationship between spirituality, meaning in life, wishes for hastened death and psychological distress in palliative patients, and (ii) the extent to which these non-physical determinants influence QOL...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711755/palliative-care-clinicians-caring-for-patients-before-and-after-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Sara E Wordingham, Colleen K McIlvennan, Timothy J Fendler, Amy L Behnken, Shannon M Dunlay, James N Kirkpatrick, Keith M Swetz
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are an available treatment option for carefully-selected patients with advanced heart failure. Initially developed as a bridge to transplantation, LVADs are now also offered to patients ineligible for transplantation as destination therapy (DT). Individuals with a DT-LVAD will live the remainder of their lives with the device in place. While survival and quality of life improve with LVADs compared to medical therapy, complications persist including bleeding, infection, and stroke...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708752/prevalence-of-burnout-in-health-professionals-working-in-palliative-care-a-systematic-review
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Vitor Parola, Adriana Coelho, Daniela Cardoso, Anna Sandgren, João Apóstolo
BACKGROUND: More than ever, the current increasing need for palliative care leads to health professionals providing this type of care which further leads to multiple challenges, and stressful and demanding situations. The multiple challenges of working in palliative care put health professionals working in this context at the risk of burnout. OBJECTIVES: To examine the evidence on the prevalence of burnout among health professionals working in palliative care. INCLUSION CRITERIA TYPES OF PARTICIPANTS: The current review included studies that encompass qualified health professionals working in palliative care, caring for patients 18 years of age or older...
July 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708360/-assessment-of-the-impact-of-a-palliative-care-support-team-in-a-tertiary-hospital
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Giliane Braunschweig, Gian Domenico Borasio, Emmanuel Tamchès, Nike Arnstadt, Mathieu Bernard
This study aimed to measure the effectiveness of the interventions of a palliative care support team in a tertiary hospital. It used a pre-post design and included 41 patients. The results show a significant improvement of the quality of palliative care as well as a significant reduction in the intensity and in the number of moderate to severe symptoms. The importance of a palliative care support team in a tertiary hospital is confirmed by our results. Its interventions appear to respond to the growing need for specialized palliative care, particularly in patients with complex clinical problems...
February 8, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708338/-identification-of-palliative-care-patients-issues-and-screening-tools
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Fabienne Teike Lüthi, Gian Domenico Borasio, Mathieu Bernard
From a health care perspective, and in order to improve the quality of care, early identification of palliative patients is a necessary step for the development of palliative care. Unfortunately, this early identification is still sub-optimal, resulting in a delayed introduction of palliative care in the patients' health care pathway. Although several tools exist to support health care professionals in this endeavour, their level of validity is incomplete, and they do not distinguish between patients in need of general versus specialised palliative care...
February 1, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708236/psychosocial-interventions-for-fatigue-during-cancer-treatment-with-palliative-intent
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REVIEW
Hanneke Poort, Marlies Peters, Gijs Bleijenberg, Marieke Fm Gielissen, Martine Margaretha Goedendorp, Paul Jacobsen, Stans Verhagen, Hans Knoop
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is a prevalent and burdensome symptom for patients with incurable cancer receiving cancer treatment with palliative intent and is associated with reduced quality of life. Psychosocial interventions seem promising for management of fatigue among cancer patients. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of psychosocial interventions for fatigue in adult patients with incurable cancer receiving cancer treatment with palliative intent. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following databases: CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and seven clinical trial registries; we also searched the reference lists of articles...
July 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707846/palliative-sedation-ethical-aspects
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Guido Miccinesi, Augusto Caraceni, Marco Maltoni
Palliative sedation (PS), the medical act of decreasing a patient's awareness to relieve otherwise intractable suffering, is considered by some commentators to be controversial because of its consequences on residual survival and/or quality of life, and to be inappropriate for treating pure existential suffering. We will argue that PS must be always proportional, i.e. controlling refractory symptoms while keeping the loss of personal values (communication, affective relationships, care relationship) as low as possible, and that imminence of death is necessary too, from an ethical point of view, if a deep and continuous sedation (DCS) is proposed...
July 12, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707168/acupuncture-for-cancer-related-fatigue-in-lung-cancer-patients-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-pilot-trial
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Chien-Shan Cheng, Lian-Yu Chen, Zhou-Yu Ning, Chen-Yue Zhang, Hao Chen, Zhen Chen, Xiao-Yan Zhu, Jing Xie
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a distressing symptom that is the most common unpleasant side effect experienced by lung cancer patients and is challenging for clinical care workers to manage. METHODS: We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial to evaluate the clinical effect of acupuncture on CRF in lung cancer patients. Twenty-eight patients presenting with CRF were randomly assigned to active acupuncture or placebo acupuncture groups to receive acupoint stimulation (LI-4, Ren-6, St-36, KI-3, and Sp-6) twice per week for 4 weeks, followed by 2 weeks of follow-up...
July 13, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706540/the-relationship-between-dignity-status-and-quality-of-life-in-iranian-terminally-ill-patients-with-cancer
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Abbas Hosseini, Masoud Rezaei, Masoud Bahrami, Mohammad Abbasi, Hesammodin Hariri
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is an approach that has been used to care for terminally ill patients. The current study was performed to assess the association between the status of patient dignity and quality of life (QOL) in Iranian terminally ill patients with cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This descriptive correlational study was conducted on 210 end-stage cancer patients (102 men and 108 women) who were referred to Seyed Al-Shohada Hospital, Isfahan, Iran, in 2015...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705925/management-of-hiccups-in-palliative-care-patients
#16
REVIEW
Yong Suk Jeon, Alison Mary Kearney, Peter Graham Baker
Persistent hiccups are a frustrating experience for palliative care patients, and can have a profound impact on their quality of life. This article provides an evidence-based approach overview of the causes and treatment of this not infrequently debilitating condition for such patients, with a management algorithm. In situations where no readily reversible cause is identified, or where simple physical manoeuvres, such as breath holding have failed, a systematic approach is required. Hiccups can be broadly divided into central and peripheral types...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705314/palliative-care-in-heart-failure-the-pal-hf-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Joseph G Rogers, Chetan B Patel, Robert J Mentz, Bradi B Granger, Karen E Steinhauser, Mona Fiuzat, Patricia A Adams, Adam Speck, Kimberly S Johnson, Arun Krishnamoorthy, Hongqiu Yang, Kevin J Anstrom, Gwen C Dodson, Donald H Taylor, Jerry L Kirchner, Daniel B Mark, Christopher M O'Connor, James A Tulsky
BACKGROUND: Advanced heart failure (HF) is characterized by high morbidity and mortality. Conventional therapy may not sufficiently reduce patient suffering and maximize quality of life. OBJECTIVES: The authors investigated whether an interdisciplinary palliative care intervention in addition to evidence-based HF care improves certain outcomes. METHODS: The authors randomized 150 patients with advanced HF between August 15, 2012, and June 25, 2015, to usual care (UC) (n = 75) or UC plus a palliative care intervention (UC + PAL) (n = 75) at a single center...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705009/palliative-care-and-advance-care-planning-for-pancreas-and-other-cancers
#18
Rajiv Agarwal, Andrew S Epstein
The principles of palliative care are fundamental to support and treat the physical, mental, and psychosocial health of patients living with pancreatic cancer. In addition to its proven advantages to help manage disease-related symptoms, improve accurate illness understanding, and enhance the quality of life and survival outcomes for patients with advanced disease, the inclusion of palliative care principles (whether by a specialist or by the primary oncology team) with standard oncologic care strengthens timely and quality advance care planning (ACP)...
June 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701842/quality-of-dying-in-the-medical-intensive-care-unit-comparison-between-thai-buddhists-and-thai-muslims
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Veerapong Vattanavanit, Supattra Uppanisakorn, Rungsun Bhurayanontachai, Bodin Khwannimit
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Religious belief is an important aspect that influences the life of a patient, especially in Asia. We aim to compare the quality of death in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) between Buddhists and Muslims from the perspectives of the relatives of the patients and the nurses and physicians. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a cohort study of critically ill patients who died after admission to a medical ICU in Songklanagarind Hospital in Thailand between 2015 and 2016...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701233/bereavement-support-standards-and-bereavement-care-pathway-for-quality-palliative-care
#20
Peter Hudson, Chris Hall, Alison Boughey, Audrey Roulston
OBJECTIVE: Provision of bereavement support is an essential component of palliative care service delivery. While bereavement support is integral to palliative care, it is typically insufficiently resourced, under-researched, and not systematically applied. Our aim was to develop bereavement standards to assist palliative care services to provide targeted support to family caregivers. METHOD: We employed a multiple-methods design for our study, which included: (1) a literature review, (2) a survey of palliative care service providers in Australia, (3) interviews with national (Australian) and international experts, (4) key stakeholder workshops, and (5) a modified Delphi-type survey...
July 13, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
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