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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028417/opioid-prescription-trends-among-patients-with-cancer-referred-to-outpatient-palliative-care-over-a-6-year-period
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Ali Haider, Donna S Zhukovsky, Yee Choon Meng, Joseph Baidoo, Kimberson C Tanco, Holly A Stewart, Tonya Edwards, Manju P Joy, Leela Kuriakose, Zhanni Lu, Janet L Williams, Diane D Liu, Eduardo Bruera
INTRODUCTION: In the United States, opioid regulations have become increasingly stringent in recent years. Increased regulatory scrutiny, in part, is related to heightened awareness through literature and a recent media blitz on the opioid prescription epidemic. These regulations have the potential to impact prescription trends by health care providers. Our objective was to evaluate changes in the type and dose of opioid prescriptions among patients who are referred by oncologists to an outpatient palliative care clinic...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980071/prevalence-of-delirium-in-advanced-cancer-patients-in-home-care-and-hospice-and-outcomes-after-1%C3%A2-week-of-palliative-care
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Isabella Balzani, Daniela De Giovanni, Luigi Montanari, Cristina Pittureri, Raffaella Bertè, Domenico Russo, Laura Ursini, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of delirium in advanced cancer patients admitted to different palliative care services in Italy and possible related factors. The secondary outcome was to assess the changes of delirium after 1 week of palliative care. METHODS: A consecutive sample of patients was screened for delirium in period of 1 year in seven palliative care services. General data, including primary tumor, age, gender, concomitant disease, palliative prognostic score (PaP), and Karnofsky status, were collected...
October 5, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979824/when-the-opioid-medications-go-missing-confidentiality-and-safety-in-adolescents
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Muhammad Hassan Majeed
Patients receiving end-of-life or palliative care usually possess an ample supply of opioid pain medications to help alleviate their pain. The risk of these drugs being diverted is high because such patients often have an excess of these medications, and because they are typically unable to manage medications themselves. For example, adolescents might steal these medications for recreational use. The author presents a case in which a minor admitted stealing and using opioid pain medication belonging to her mother, who was in hospice home care...
May 2017: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973682/an-open-label-analgesic-efficacy-and-safety-of-pituitary-radiosurgery-for-patients-with-opioid-refractory-pain-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Pierre-Yves Borius, Stéphanie Ranque Garnier, Karine Baumstarck, Frédéric Castinetti, Anne Donnet, Eric Guedj, Philippe Cornu, Serge Blond, Sébastien Salas, Jean Régis
BACKGROUND: Hypophysectomy performed by craniotomy or percutaneous techniques leads to complete pain relief in more than 70% to 80% of cases for opioid refractory cancer pain. Radiosurgery could be an interesting alternative approach to reduce complications. OBJECTIVE: To assess the analgesic efficacy compared with standard of care is the primary goal. The secondary objectives are to assess ophthalmic and endocrine tolerance, drug consumption, quality of life, and mechanisms of analgesic action...
August 2, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940900/successful-control-of-pain-from-malignant-psoas-syndrome-by-spinal-opioid-with-local-anesthetic-agents
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Takashi Yamaguchi, Katsuyuki Katayama, Mina Matsumoto, Yoshifumi Sato, Noriko Nakayama, Ko Hisahara
BACKGROUNDS: Malignant psoas syndrome (MPS) is a rare but distressing pain syndrome observed in advanced cancer patients. Pain due to MPS is often refractory to multi-modal analgesic treatment, including opioid analgesics. As only one case demonstrating the efficacy of neuraxial analgesia in managing pain due to MPS has been reported, its role in MPS remains uncertain. CASES: We present three cases demonstrating the successful management of pain due to MPS using spinal opioids with local anesthetic agents...
September 23, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938102/self-management-support-at-the-end-of-life-patients-carers-and-professionals-perspectives-on-managing-medicines
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N Campling, A Richardson, M Mulvey, M Bennett, B Johnston, S Latter
BACKGROUND: Pain is a frequently reported symptom by patients approaching the end of life and well-established that patients and carers hold fears relating to opioids, and experience side effects related to their use. The management of medicines is intrinsic to achieving effective pain relief. The concept of self-management support whilst well characterised in the context of chronic illness has not been elaborated with respect to end of life care. AIM: To identify patient, carer and professional views on the concept of self-management support at end of life, specifically in relation to analgesia and related medicines (for side-effect management) in order to describe, characterise and explain self-management support in this context...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904010/vitamin-d-supplementation-to-palliative-cancer-patients-protocol-of-a-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial-palliative-d
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Maria Helde-Frankling, Jenny Bergqvist, Caritha Klasson, Marie Nordström, Jonas Höijer, Peter Bergman, Linda Björkhem-Bergman
BACKGROUND: According to a small pilot study on palliative cancer patients at our ward, vitamin D supplementation had beneficial effects on pain (measured as opioid consumption), infections and quality of life (QoL) without having any significant side effects. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of the 'Palliative-D' study is to test the hypothesis that vitamin D supplementation for 12 weeks reduces opioid consumption. The secondary objectives are to study if reduction of antibiotic consumption and fatigue as well as improvement in QoL assessments can be observed...
September 13, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884701/palliative-care-in-africa-a-scoping-review-from-2005-16
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John Y Rhee, Eduardo Garralda, Carlos Torrado, Santiago Blanco, Ibone Ayala, Eve Namisango, Emmanuel Luyirika, Liliana de Lima, Richard A Powell, Carlos Centeno
Since the last comprehensive review on the development of national palliative care in Africa was undertaken 12 years ago, in 2005, we did a scoping review of peer-reviewed, published articles on palliative care development between 2005-16 for each African country. The scoping review was conducted by assessing the medical literature and including local expert recommendations of suggested articles. We did a basic quality assessment of the articles using the journals' impact factor, journal quartile, and the number of citations as suitable metrics for quality consideration...
September 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838932/consultation-for-total-pain-in-high-risk-obstetrics
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Warren Mackie-Jenkins, Regina M Tosca, Hunter Groninger
Palliative care (PC) consultation rarely takes place in the clinical setting of high-risk obstetrics, where 'total pain' may be undermanaged. Here, we present a case of a young woman carrying twins and hospitalised for acute abdominal pain. Workup for her pain revealed non-viable fetal tissue positioned in the uterine horn; the remaining fetus was viable. Initial attempts to control the patient's pain with strong parenteral opioids by the obstetrics team and the acute pain service failed. The PC service was consulted to assist...
August 24, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835455/observational-study-of-sleep-disturbances-in-advanced-cancer
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Andrew Neil Davies, Shuchita D Patel, Amanda Gregory, Bernadette Lee
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of nightmares, sleep terrors and vivid dreams in patients with advanced cancer (and the factors associated with them in this group of patients). METHODS: The study was a multicentre, prospective observational study. Participants were patients with locally advanced/metastatic cancer, who were under the care of a specialist palliative care team. Data were collected on demographics, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, current medication, performance status, sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index), dreams and nightmares, and physical and psychological symptoms (Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale-Short Form)...
August 23, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831272/pain-reporting-and-analgesia-management-in-270-children-with-a-progressive-neurologic-metabolic-or-chromosomally-based-condition-with-impairment-of-the-central-nervous-system-cross-sectional-baseline-results-from-an-observational-longitudinal-study
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Stefan J Friedrichsdorf, Andrea C Postier, Gail S Andrews, Karen Es Hamre, Rose Steele, Harold Siden
Little is known about the prevalence, characterization and treatment of pain in children with progressive neurologic, metabolic or chromosomal conditions with impairment of the central nervous system. The primary aims of this study were to explore the differences between parental and clinical pain reporting in children with life-limiting conditions at the time of enrollment into an observational, longitudinal study and to determine if differences in pain experiences were associated with patient- or treatment-related factors...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807366/prospective-screening-with-the-validated-opioid-risk-tool-demonstrates-gynecologic-oncology-patients-are-at-low-risk-for-opioid-misuse
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Christine Garcia, Carolyn Lefkowits, Elizabeth Pelkofski, Leslie Blackhall, Linda R Duska
OBJECTIVE: To characterize risk for opioid misuse among gynecologic oncology patients. METHODS: The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT), a validated screen for opioid misuse risk, was administered to a convenience sample of patients with gynecologic cancer receiving opioid prescriptions in gynecologic oncology or palliative care clinics from January 2012-June 2016. Demographic and clinical information was abstracted on chart review. The primary outcome was ORT risk level (low vs...
August 11, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805336/matrix-stimulation-in-cancer-pain-methodology-safety-and-effectiveness
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M Mücke, M Tils, R Conrad, D Kravchenko, H Cuhls, L Radbruch, M Marinova, V Peuckmann-Post, R Rolke
BACKGROUND: This feasibility study addresses the applicability of matrix electrodes for the reduction of ongoing pain in cancer patients via low-frequency electrical stimulation (LFS). METHODS: Low-frequency matrix stimulation (4 Hz) was applied to the skin within the 'Head's zones' referring to the tumour localization of cancer pain patients. Pain at baseline was compared to a 3-day treatment interval consisting of 5 min of matrix stimulation in the morning and evening followed by a 3-day follow-up period without therapy...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803090/palliative-care-in-rwanda-aiming-for-universal-access
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Eric L Krakauer, Marie-Aimee Muhimpundu, Diane Mukasahaha, Jean-Claude Tayari, Christian Ntizimira, Blaise Uhagaze, Théodosie Mugwaneza, Aimable Ruzima, Egide Mpanumusingo, Magnus Gasana, Vincent Karamuka, Jean-Luc Nkurikiyimfura, Paul Park, Peter Barebwanuwe, Neo Tapela, Shekinah N Elmore, Gene Bukhman, Mhoira Leng, Liz Grant, Agnes Binagwaho, Richard Sezibera
In 2011, Rwanda's Ministry of Health (MoH) set a goal of universal access to palliative care by 2020. Toward this audacious egalitarian and humanitarian goal, the MoH worked with partners to develop palliative care policies and a strategic plan, secure adequate supplies of opioid for the country, initiate palliative care training programs, and begin studying a model for integrating coordinated palliative care into the public healthcare system at all levels. It also initiated training of a new cadre of home-based care practitioners (HBCPs) to provide palliative care in the home...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803078/safety-and-effectiveness-of-palliative-drug-treatment-in-the-last-days-of-life-a-systematic-literature-review
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REVIEW
Kristian Jansen, Dagny Faksvåg Haugen, Lisa Pont, Sabine Ruths
CONTEXT: Dying patients commonly experience potentially distressing symptoms. Palliative care guidelines recommend opioids, anticholinergics, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines for symptom relief. OBJECTIVES: To systematically review the effectiveness and safety of palliative drug treatment in the last days of life of adult patients, focusing on the management of pain, dyspnea, anxiety, restlessness, and death rattle. METHODS: A systematic search of the literature published before December 2016 in PubMed/MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Cochrane, ClinicalTrials...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803076/palliative-care-in-vietnam-long-term-partnerships-yield-increasing-access
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Eric L Krakauer, Dang Huy Quoc Thinh, Quach Thanh Khanh, Hoang Thi Mong Huyen, Tran Diep Tuan, Than Ha Ngoc The, Do Duy Cuong, Tran Van Thuan, Nguyen Phi Yen, Pham Van Anh, Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham, Kathleen P Doyle, Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, Luong Ngoc Khue
Palliative care began in Vietnam in 2001, but steady growth in palliative care services and education commenced several years later when partnerships for ongoing training and technical assistance by committed experts were created with the Ministry of Health (MoH), major public hospitals, and medical universities. An empirical analysis of palliative care need by the MoH in 2006 was followed by national palliative care clinical guidelines, initiation of clinical training for physicians and nurses, and revision of opioid prescribing regulations...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803074/hospice-palliative-care-development-in-hungary
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Agnes Csikos, Csilla Busa, Katalin Muszbek
During the past 25 years many developmental steps have occurred in Hungary in palliative care. Further education and service development is needed to provide a quality palliative care for all the Hungarian people. Hungary has a universal health care system with a developed infrastructure. The first Hungarian hospice team started in 1991. At that time the concept of hospice care was unknown. Symptom control and psychosocial support for the dying patient was inadequate. The regulatory framework was based on the 1997 Health Care Act which was followed by significant palliative care legislation including documents on the legal requirements for palliative care (2004)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803073/leadership-development-initiative-growing-global-leaders%C3%A2-advancing-palliative-care
#18
Frank D Ferris, Shannon Y Moore, Mary V Callaway, Kathleen M Foley
The International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is a model demonstration project that aimed to expand the global network of palliative care leaders in low and moderate-resource countries who are well positioned to apply their new leadership skills. Thirty-nine palliative medicine physicians from 25 countries successfully completed the 2-year curriculum that included three thematic residential courses, mentorship and site visits by senior global palliative care leaders, and personal projects to apply their new leadership skills...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801006/palliative-care-in-kazakhstan
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Gulnara Kunirova, Ainur Shakenova
In Kazakhstan, like most ex-Soviet Union countries palliative care began in the late 1990's with the opening of the Almaty Hospice in 1999. Since that time, several palliative care services have opened in urban centers but there is little coverage in rural areas. Palliative care has grown due to the collaborative work of Parliament leaders, Ministry of Health, local governments officials, Public Health Higher School, National Center for Health Development, academic medical institutions, oncology and palliative care experts, NGO's, Soros Foundation Kazakhstan, and international experts...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801003/who-public-health-model-a-roadmap-for-palliative-care-development
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Mary V Callaway, Stephen R Connor, Kathleen M Foley
The Open Society Foundation's International Palliative Care Initiative (IPCI) began to support palliative care development in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in 1999. Twenty-eight country representatives were invited to discuss the need for palliative care in their countries and to identify key areas that should be addressed to improve the care of adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. As a public health concern, progress in palliative care requires integration into health policy, education and training of health care professionals, availability of essential pain relieving medications, and health care services...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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