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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679397/development-of-tools-to-measure-dignity-for-older-people-in-acute-hospitals
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Marcelle Tauber-Gilmore, Christine Norton, Sue Procter, Trevor Murrells, Gulen Addis, Lesley Baillie, Pauline Velasco, Preet Athwal, Saeema Kayani, Zainab Zahran
BACKGROUND: Dignity is a concept that applies to all patients. Older patients can be particularly vulnerable to experiencing a loss of dignity in hospital. Previous tools developed to measure dignity have been aimed at palliative and end of life care. No tools for measuring dignity in acute hospital care have been reported. OBJECTIVES: To develop tools for measuring patient dignity in acute hospitals. SETTING: A large UK acute hospital. We purposively selected 17 wards where at least 50% of patients are 65 or over...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678173/the-japan-hospice-and-palliative-evaluation-study-4-a-cross-sectional-questionnaire-survey
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Kento Masukawa, Maho Aoyama, Tatsuya Morita, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto, Yasuo Shima, Mitsunori Miyashita
BACKGROUND: Constant evaluation is important for maintaining and improving the quality of end-of-life care. We therefore conduct the fourth Japan Hospice and Palliative Evaluation Study (J-HOPE4) as a continuous evaluation study. In this present paper, we describe the design of J-HOPE4. The main purposes of J-HOPE4 are as follows:1) to evaluate the processes, structures, and outcomes of palliative care acute hospitals, palliative care units, and home hospice services; 2) to examine bereaved family members' self-reported psychosocial conditions, such as grief and depression as bereavement outcomes;3) to provide data to ensure and improve the quality of care provided by participating institutions via feedback based on the results from each institution; and 4) provide clinical and academic information concerning the implications of various issues in palliative care by conducting additional studies...
April 20, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678168/self-competence-in-death-work-among-health-and-social-care-workers-a-region-wide-survey-in-hong-kong
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Johnny T K Cheung, Doreen W H Au, Wallace C H Chan, Jenny H Y Chan, Kenway Ng, Jean Woo
BACKGROUND: According to the Quality of Death Index, Hong Kong is lagging behind many other Western and Asian countries in the category of palliative and healthcare. To ensure the provision of high-quality palliative care, it is important to explore the self-competence of health and social care workers in coping with death work including palliative care. This region-wide study aims to assess the level of self-competence with a validated Self-Competence in Death Work Scale (SC-DWS) and examine its correlates...
April 20, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676960/psychotherapy-targeting-depression-and-anxiety-for-use-in-palliative-care-a-meta-analysis
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Jessica J Fulton, Amie R Newins, Laura S Porter, Katherine Ramos
BACKGROUND: Research on the effectiveness of evidence-based practices in the treatment of depression and anxiety with palliative care populations is primarily limited to individuals having specific conditions such as cancer. OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis examined the effect of psychotherapy on depression and anxiety among individuals with any condition appropriate for palliative care. METHODS: We searched PubMed, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library, and EMBASE databases until August 2017...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671836/children-s-experience-of-symptoms-narratives-through-words-and-images
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REVIEW
Barbara M Sourkes
Children who live with a complex chronic or life-threatening illness face extraordinary challenges. Whether they are receiving disease-oriented treatment (aimed at potential cure or prolongation of life) or palliative treatment-or both concurrently-our challenge is to enhance their comfort and minimize their distress. Symptom management is thus a critical component of pediatric palliative care. Symptoms may be either physical or psychological in nature (or a confluence of both) and their effective management has a direct impact on the child's quality of life...
April 19, 2018: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671078/palliative-care-in-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Abhinav Sood, Krista Dobbie, W H Wilson Tang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review illustrates the dynamic role of palliative care in heart failure management and encapsulates the commonly utilized pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic strategies for symptom palliation in heart failure. In addition, we provide our experience regarding patient care issues common to the domain of heart failure and palliative medicine which are commonly encountered by heart failure teams. RECENT FINDINGS: Addition of palliative care to conventional heart failure management plan results in improvement in quality of life, anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being among patients...
April 19, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669147/impact-and-reception-of-a-required-4-week-palliative-medicine-rotation
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B Brent Simmons, Alison Petrie, Edward Gracely
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hospice and palliative medicine (HPM) is one of three Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited clinical subspecialties available to family medicine graduates for fellowship training. Despite this, training is not currently a curriculum requirement. We have pioneered a required 4-week palliative medicine rotation into the curriculum. METHODS: Twenty-eight residents who completed the palliative medicine rotation across four classes were surveyed to assess how the rotation improved their level of comfort with providing end-of-life (EOL) care and to demonstrate the need of formal palliative medicine training...
April 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666139/last-year-of-life-study-cologne-lyol-c-protocol-for-a-cross-sectional-mixed-methods-study-to-examine-care-trajectories-and-transitions-in-the-last-year-of-life-until-death
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Julia Strupp, Gloria Hanke, Nicolas Schippel, Holger Pfaff, Ute Karbach, Christian Rietz, Raymond Voltz
INTRODUCTION: The last year of life constitutes a particularly vulnerable phase for patients, involving nearly all health and social care structures. Yet, little scientific evidence is available that provides insight into the trajectories including the number and types of care setting transitions, transitions into palliative care and the dying phase. Only few studies have focused on difficulties associated with having to move between health and social care settings in the last year of life, although patients face a significant risk of adverse events...
April 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663697/testing-a-new-form-to-document-goals-of-care-discussions-regarding-plans-for-end-of-life-care-for-patients-in-an-australian-emergency-department
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Amber C Mills, Michele Levinson, William A Dunlop, Edward Cheong, Timothy Cowan, Jennifer Hanning, Erin O'Callaghan, Katherine J Walker
OBJECTIVE: There is limited literature to inform the content and format of Goals-of-Care forms, for use by doctors when they are undertaking these important conversations. METHODS: This was a prospective, qualitative and quantitative study evaluating the utility of a new 'Goals-of-Care' form to doctors in a private, tertiary ED, used from December 2016 to February 2017 at Cabrini, Melbourne. A Goals-of-Care form was designed, incorporating medical aims of therapy and patient values and preferences...
April 16, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663015/-palliative-care-challenges-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
H Lemm, J Hoeger-Schäfer, M Buerke
Intensive care unit (ICU) stays often result due to an acute, potentially life-threatening illness or aggravation of a chronic life-threatening illness. In many cases, ICU patients die after life-sustaining treatments are withdrawn or withheld. When patients are asked, they prefer to die at home, although logistic and medical problems often prevent this. Therefore, attention focuses on care at the end of life in the ICU. Despite many efforts to improve the quality of care, evidence suggests that the quality in hospitals varies significantly and that palliative care in the ICU has not significantly improved over time...
April 16, 2018: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661335/head-and-neck-cancer-in-the-elderly-frailty-shared-decisions-and-avoidance-of-low-value-care
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REVIEW
Leila J Mady, Marci L Nilsen, Jonas T Johnson
Head and neck cancer (HNC) is a disease of older adults. Recurrent and metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma portends a poor prognosis, with median overall survival of less than 12 months. Within this vulnerable population, significant treatment-related toxicities and physical and psychosocial sequelae can be devastating to quality of life at the end of life. Shared decision making and early comprehensive palliative and support services are at the crux of the approach to older adults with HNC. In doing so, low-value care that fails to meet the goals of patients and their caregivers at the end-of-life may be avoided...
May 2018: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658821/top-ten-tips-for-palliative-care-clinicians-caring-for-cancer-patients-receiving-immunotherapies
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Alison C Wiesenthal, Sandip P Patel, Thomas W LeBlanc, Eric J Roeland, Arif H Kamal
Patients with cancer face an ever-changing landscape of tumor-directed therapies available to improve quality of life and potentially increase survival. The most recent advances, immunotherapeutics, offer a novel way to target cancer cells by engaging the body's own immune system. Using an expert panel of oncologists, palliative medicine physicians, and dual-trained specialists, we discuss current immunotherapies and their clinical uses, potential side effects and management strategies, and the implications of these newer treatments on goals of care conversations and care coordination...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656703/the-ethics-of-concurrent-care-for-children-a-social-justice-perspective
#13
Kim Mooney-Doyle, Jessica Keim-Malpass, Lisa C Lindley
Recent estimates indicate that over 40,000 children die annually in the United States and a majority have life-limiting conditions. Children at end of life require extensive healthcare resources, including multiple hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. Yet, many children still suffer from symptoms at end of life-including fatigue, pain, dyspnea, and anxiety-with less than 10% of these children utilizing hospice care services. A critical barrier to pediatric hospice use was the original federal regulations associated with the hospice care that required a diagnosis of 6 months to live and the discontinuation of all curative treatments...
January 1, 2018: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650902/-the-significance-of-pharmacist-intervention-focused-on-improvement-of-adverse-events-and-cancer-pain
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Fumitaka Kawaguchi, Jun Watanabe, Takafumi Tsuneki, Akihiko Kikkawa
It was reported that focusing on palliative care for patients with cancer improved their anxiety and depression and prolonged their survival. Similarly, the pharmacist intervention for cancer patients suggested the improvement in anxiety and depression; but, such improvement has not yet been demonstrated by focusing on pharmacist attitudes and behaviors of which the patients were the primary beneficiaries. Therefore, we evaluated the significance of pharmacist intervention focusing on improvement of adverse events and cancer pain...
March 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650883/-cancer-disease-trajectory-and-the-contribution-of-artistic-outreach-activity-to-palliative-care
#15
Hisako Oshiro, Tatsuo Oshiro, Masahito Tanimizu
The purpose of this article is to show some unintentional aspects of palliative supports offered by the community. The activities of the Opera Ehime, an amateur opera group, play an important role in palliative and grief care. This community is also committed to providing supportive care for home hospice cancer patients through an outreach music program that offers patients connection with others and reduces isolation. Assessment by the coordinator includes determiningthe patients' preferences and the relevance of music throughout their lives...
March 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650833/-a-case-of-local-recurrence-of-descending-colon-cancer-with-ileus-obstruction-and-lung-liver-and-brain-metastasis
#16
Ryouichi Tomita, Shigeru Fujisaki, Kenichi Sakurai, Takeo Azuhata, Yuko Takamoto
We report a 50-year-old man with local recurrence of descending colon cancer with ileus obstruction and brain metastasis, 2 years 6 months after initial resection due to perforation of descending colon cancer(Hartmann procedure, D2 lymph node resection, Stage II, tub2). He complained of left upper abdominal pain and abdominal fullness. He also complained of paresis of the right upper extremity and of experiencing convulsions 1 month before admission. He was diagnosed with local recurrence of descending colon cancer, based on findings of contrast radiography and the presence of colonic fiber...
April 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649846/-palliative-home-care-teams-in-germany
#17
Friedemann Nauck, Maximiliane Jansky
Since 2007, patients with severe advanced life-limiting illnesses and high, complex symptom burdens have a right to receive specialized outpatient palliative care (SAPV). Multi-professional teams with heterogeneous organizational structures provide care in cooperation with primary care givers, not limited to cancer patients. The aim of SAPV is to foster patient's autonomy and quality of life. SAPV can be provided as counseling of patient and care givers, coordination of care, additional supportive and full care provision...
April 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649405/economic-impact-of-early-inpatient-palliative-care-intervention-in-a-community-hospital-setting
#18
James Fitzpatrick, Matthew Mavissakalian, Tisha Luciani, Yijing Xu, Amber Mazurek
BACKGROUND: Inpatient palliative care programs have demonstrated financial benefit for the hospital and improved quality of care for patients with advanced disease. Previous studies on this subject have focused on comparisons between palliative and traditional care. The financial and clinical effects of early versus late palliative care intervention are less well documented. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study are to review the financial and quality outcomes that early palliative care intervention has on appropriate inpatients in the community hospital setting...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649403/the-arianna-project-an-observational-study-on-a-model-of-early-identification-of-patients-with-palliative-care-needs-through-the-integration-between-primary-care-and-italian-home-palliative-care-units
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Gianlorenzo Scaccabarozzi, Emanuele Amodio, Giacomo Pellegrini, Fabrizio Limonta, Pierangelo Lora Aprile, Pietro Giorgio Lovaglio, Carlo Peruselli, Matteo Crippa
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to illustrate the characteristics of patients with palliative care (PC) needs, early identified by general practitioners (GPs), and to analyze their care process in home PC services. BACKGROUND: Early identification and service integration are key components to providing quality palliative care (PC) services ensuring the best possible service for patients and their families. However, in Italy, PC is often provided only in the last phase of life and for oncological patients, with a fragmented service...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649400/impact-of-inpatient-palliative-care-on-quality-of-end-of-life-care-and-downstream-acute-and-postacute-care-utilization
#20
Peter S Khang, Susan E Wang, In-Lu Amy Liu, Heather L Watson, Sandra Y Koyama, Dan N Huynh, Janet S Lee, Huong Q Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Additional evidence is needed regarding the impact of inpatient palliative care (IPC) on the quality of end-of-life care and downstream utilization. AIM: Examine the effects of IPC on quality of end-of-life care and acute and postacute care use in a large integrated system. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort design. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Adult decedents from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, who had at least one hospitalization at 11 Kaiser Permanente Southern California medical centers in the 12 months before death and not hospitalized for a trauma-related condition or receiving home-based PC or hospice were included in the cohort...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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