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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907936/early-treatment-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-a-palliative-approach
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Jennifer Hudson, Rachel Mayo, Lori Dickes, Liwei Chen, Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, Julie Summey, Bradley Dalton, Kindal Dankovich
Objective To describe medical, safety, and health care utilization outcomes associated with an early treatment model for neonatal opioid withdrawal. Study Design This is a retrospective review of 117 opioid-exposed infants born in a large regional hospital and treated in the level I nursery with methadone initiated within 48 hours of birth. Results For this cohort, mean length of stay was 8.3 days. Hospital safety events were infrequent; there were no medication errors or deaths. Within 30 days of discharge, 14% of infants visited the emergency department; 7% were readmitted...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898287/international-association-for-hospice-and-palliative-care-position-statement-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide
#2
Liliana De Lima, Roger Woodruff, Katherine Pettus, Julia Downing, Rosa Buitrago, Esther Munyoro, Chitra Venkateswaran, Sushma Bhatnagar, Lukas Radbruch
BACKGROUND: Reports about regulations and laws on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) are becoming increasingly common in the media. Many groups have expressed opposition to euthanasia and PAS while those in favor argue that severely chronically ill and debilitated patients have a right to control the timing and manner of their death. Others argue that both PAS and euthanasia are ethically legitimate in rare and exceptional cases. Given that these discussions as well as the new and proposed laws and regulations may have a powerful impact on patients, caregivers, and health care providers, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has prepared this statement...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898139/farmakologisk-sm%C3%A3-rtlindring-har-central-roll-i-palliativ-v%C3%A3-rd-sm%C3%A3-rtfrihet-i-vila-och-acceptabel-natts%C3%A3-mn-%C3%A3-r-m%C3%A3-let-f%C3%A3-r-behandlingen-%C3%A2-som-b%C3%A3-r-individualiseras
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Staffan Lundström
Mechanism-based pain treatment in palliative care Pain is common among patients in palliative care and one of the most feared symptoms. Knowledge about effective pain management is therefore essential for clinicians. Successful pain management is mainly based on the medical history and clinical examination, resulting in an understanding of the present pain mechanism(s). The pain mechanism then forms the basis for the pharmacological treatment strategy which should be individualized and take into account factors such as kidney function, expected side effects, route of administration and concomitant medication...
November 22, 2016: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878605/-special-medical-problems-in-end-of-life-care-crisis-at-the-end-of-life-which-therapy-is-adequate-and-when-is-redefining-treatment-goals-appropriate
#4
Gesine Benze, Bernd Alt-Epping, Friedemann Nauck
Crisis at the end of life are exceptional challenges for patients, relatives and therapists. With respect to the individual treatment goals and the patients' autonomy, therapeutic action should be commenced in an adequate manner in order to preserve the patients' quality of life as much as possible. Advance care planning for specific critical scenarios may be helpful in order to treat patients according to their wishes and values even if they are not capable to express themselves. Furthermore, a crisis plan can define the scope of action for therapists in emergency situations...
November 23, 2016: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871265/the-association-between-different-opioid-doses-and-the-survival-of-advanced-cancer-patients-receiving-palliative-care
#5
Anon Sathornviriyapong, Kittiphon Nagaviroj, Thunyarat Anothaisintawee
BACKGROUND: Concerns that opioids may hasten death can be a cause of the physicians' reluctance to prescribe opioids, leading to inadequate symptom palliation. Our aim was to find if there was an association between different opioid doses and the survival of the cancer patients that participated in our palliative care program. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted at Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok between January 2013 and December 2015. All of the cancer patients that were referred to palliative care teams by their primary physicians were included in the study...
November 21, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857517/evaluation-of-the-optimal-positioning-of-subcutaneous-butterfly-when-administering-injectable-opioids-in-cancer-patients
#6
Nicoleta Mitrea, Daniela Mosoiu, Julie Vosit-Steller, Liliana Rogozea
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The increasing number of cancer patients, together with the development of new palliative care services in Romania, warrants the evaluation of nursing strategies meant to improve the level of comfort of patients who are suffering from advanced cancer. The main objective of the study was to evaluate the optimal positioning of the subcutaneous (sc) butterfly, in accordance with its resistance in the insertion tissue, the local complications that may occur, and the evaluation of the time of resistance at the insertion site (puncture) with the daily frequency of injectable opioid administration...
2016: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849111/pharmacological-interventions-for-pruritus-in-adult-palliative-care-patients
#7
REVIEW
Waldemar Siemens, Carola Xander, Joerg J Meerpohl, Sabine Buroh, Gerd Antes, Guido Schwarzer, Gerhild Becker
BACKGROUND: This is an update of the original Cochrane review published in 2013 (Issue 6). Pruritus occurs in patients with disparate underlying diseases and is caused by different pathologic mechanisms. In palliative care patients, pruritus is not the most prevalent but is one of the most puzzling symptoms. It can cause considerable discomfort and affects patients' quality of life. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of different pharmacological treatments for preventing or treating pruritus in adult palliative care patients...
November 16, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826454/pregabalin-prescription-for-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-receiving-specialist-palliative-care-in-an-acute-hospital
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Ryo Yajima, Kazuaki Matsumoto, Yuya Ise, Norihito Suzuki, Yuta Yokoyama, Junko Kizu, Shiro Katayama
BACKGROUND: Pregabalin is recommended as an adjuvant analgesic for neuropathic cancer-related pain, and may be taken at all steps of the World Health Organization analgesic ladder. However, unlike opioids, pregabalin treatments are limited to an oral administration route. If patients have oral feeding difficulties, it is not possible to administer any drug as an adjuvant analgesic for neuropathic cancer-related pain. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to clarify the problems of pain control after pregabalin discontinuation in terminally ill cancer patients...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803557/cancer-pain-management-in-developing-countries
#9
REVIEW
Shalini Saini, Sushma Bhatnagar
The World Health Organization estimated that more than 60% of the 14 million new cancer cases worldwide in 2012 were reported in the developing part of the world, including Asia, Africa, Central and South America. Cancer survival rate is poorer in developing countries due to diagnosis at late stage and limited access to timely treatment. Since the disease per se cannot be treated even with the best available treatment modalities, what remains important is symptom management and providing comfort care to these patients...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786538/new-opioid-prescribing-guidelines-released-in-the-us-what-impact-will-they-have-in-the-care-of-older-patients-with-persistent-pain
#10
Fabio Guerriero, M Carrington Reid
To address the dramatic opioid epidemic and related-deaths from overdoses in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain earlier this year. The guideline is designed to support clinicians caring for patients outside the context of active cancer treatment or palliative or end-of-life care. In this editorial, we review specific CDC recommendations that we believe could have positive or negative consequences when providing care to older adults with persistent pain...
October 27, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764523/benzodiazepines-for-the-relief-of-breathlessness-in-advanced-malignant-and-non-malignant-diseases-in-adults
#11
REVIEW
Steffen T Simon, Irene J Higginson, Sara Booth, Richard Harding, Vera Weingärtner, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 1, 2010, on 'Benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults'. Breathlessness is one of the most common symptoms experienced in the advanced stages of malignant and non-malignant disease. Benzodiazepines are widely used for the relief of breathlessness in advanced diseases and are regularly recommended in the literature. At the time of the previously published Cochrane review, there was no evidence for a beneficial effect of benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in people with advanced cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
October 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754744/identifying-factors-that-predict-worse-constipation-symptoms-in-palliative-care-patients-a-secondary-analysis
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Katherine Clark, Lawrence T Lam, Nicholas J Talley, Jane L Phillips, David C Currow
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to investigate whether variables identified as likely to impact the experience of constipation in other clinical settings similarly affected the experiences of constipated palliative care patients. BACKGROUND: The majority of palliative care patients with cancer are likely to be bothered by constipation symptoms at some point in their disease trajectory. Despite this, it remains unclear as to which factors predict more severe problems...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742907/the-impact-of-an-educational-program-on-patient-practices-for-safe-use-storage-and-disposal-of-opioids-at-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
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Maxine de la Cruz, Akhila Reddy, Vishidha Balankari, Margeaux Epner, Susan Frisbee-Hume, Jimin Wu, Diane Liu, Sriram Yennurajalingam, Hilda Cantu, Janet Williams, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Improper use, storage, and disposal of prescribed opioids can lead to diversion or accidental poisoning. Our previous study showed a large proportion of cancer patients have unsafe opioid practices. Our objective was to determine whether an improvement occurred in the patterns of use, storage, and disposal of opioids among cancer outpatients after the implementation of a patient educational program. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our palliative care (PC) clinic provides every patient with educational material (EM) on safe opioid use, storage, and disposal every time they receive an opioid prescription...
October 14, 2016: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729035/end-of-life-care-of-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#14
Kaisa Rajala, Juho T Lehto, M Saarinen, E Sutinen, T Saarto, M Myllärniemi
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease with median survival from 2 to 7 years. Palliative care is an important part of patients´ care as lung transplantation is not an option for the majority of patients. The aim of this study was to describe treatment practices, decision-making and symptoms during end-of-life care of IPF patients. METHODS: We identified 59 deceased patients from a national prospective IPF cohort study (FinnishIPF) and analyzed retrospectively their health care documentation during the 6 months that preceded death...
October 12, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726521/use-of-methadone-as-an-adjuvant-medication-to-low-dose-opioids-for-neuropathic-pain-in-the-frail-elderly-a-case-series
#15
Tammy Vu Bach, Jonathan Pan, Anne Kirstein, Cindy Joanne Grief, Daphna Grossman
Palliative care clinicians are increasingly involved in the care of elderly patients suffering from chronic malignant and nonmalignant illnesses, of which neuropathic pain is a prevalent problem. As a person becomes more frail, pain medications such as opioid analgesics and adjuvant pain medications can result in unwanted effects such as sedation, confusion, and increased risk of falls. Treating pain in patients with advanced dementia or neurodegenerative diseases that can affect swallowing is particularly challenging because most adjuvant pain medications used to ameliorate neuropathic pain must be taken orally...
December 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693901/efficacy-and-safety-of-two-methadone-titration-methods-for-the-treatment-of-cancer-related-pain-the-equimeth2-trial-methadone-for-cancer-related-pain
#16
Philippe Poulain, Marie-Pierre Berleur, Shimsi Lefki, Danièle Lefebvre, Gisèle Chvetzoff, Eric Serra, Fibra Tremellat, Alain Derniaux, Marilène Filbet
CONTEXT: In the European Association for Palliative Care recommendations for cancer pain management, there was no consensus regarding the indications, titration or monitoring of methadone. OBJECTIVES: This national, randomized, multicentre trial aimed to compare two methadone titration methods (stop-and-go vs progressive) in patients with cancer-related pain who were inadequately relieved by or intolerant to level 3 opioids. METHODS: The primary endpoint was the rate of success/failure at Day 4, defined as pain relief (reduction of at least two points on the visual scale and a pain score <5 for 2 consecutive days) and no overdose (Rudkin scale ≥3 and respiratory rate <8/min)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27685876/attitudes-toward-palliative-care-and-end-of-life-issues-a-prospective-survey-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer
#17
C Docherty, L Lester, S O'Reilly
Palliative care (PC) positively impacts patient outcomes, decreases hospital admissions and improves quality of life. Despite evidence, PC resources are reported as under-utilised. Few studies have explored patient attitudes towards PC. This study evaluated patient attitudes towards PC. It was a prospective study conducted in oncology outpatient clinics. A 26-item questionnaire was distributed to those with metastatic cancer (N = 44). Sixty percent believed PC can make people feel better, 63.4% believed PC is offered when nothing more can be done...
2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27635092/opioid-prescribing-habits-of-physicians-in-kwara-state-nigeria
#18
Zakari A Suleiman, Kolawole W Wahab, Israel K Kolawole
OBJECTIVE: Although opioid analgesics are effective in the treatment of moderate to severe acute, cancer and chronic non-malignant pains, they are under-prescribed in Nigeria. The objective of this study was to assess the prescription pattern of opioids among physicians in a north central State, Nigeria.. DESIGN: This was a descriptive cross sectional study. SETTING: The study was conducted at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)-sponsored workshops on pain and palliative care at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria...
June 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628064/phase-ii-trial-of-subcutaneous-methylnaltrexone-in-the-treatment-of-severe-opioid-induced-constipation-oic-in-cancer-patients-an-exploratory-study
#19
Masanori Mori, Yongli Ji, Santosh Kumar, Takamaru Ashikaga, Steven Ades
BACKGROUND: Methylnaltrexone is a peripherally acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist that has been shown to relieve severe opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in patients with advanced disease receiving palliative care. Its efficacy remains unknown in cancer patients who are not terminally ill. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of methylnaltrexone over 48 h in cancer patients who were not terminally ill. METHODS: In this single-dose phase II trial, cancer patients with a prognosis of ≥3 months and OIC with <3 laxations during the preceding week were eligible...
September 15, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27574463/efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-fentanyl-pectin-nasal-spray-in-patients-with-breakthrough-cancer-pain
#20
Michael A Ueberall, Stefan Lorenzl, Eberhard A Lux, Raymond Voltz, Michael Perelman
OBJECTIVE: Assessment of analgesic effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of fentanyl pectin nasal spray (FPNS) in the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) in routine clinical practice. METHODS: A prospective, open-label, noninterventional study (4-week observation period, 3 month follow-up) of opioid-tolerant adults with BTcP in 41 pain and palliative care centers in Germany. Standardized BTcP questionnaires and patient diaries were used. Evaluation was made of patient-reported outcomes with respect to "time to first effect", "time to maximum effect", BTcP relief, as well as changes in BTcP-related impairment of daily life activities, quality-of-life restrictions, and health care resource utilization...
2016: Journal of Pain Research
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