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Leo H Wang, Michael A Elliott, Lily Jung Henson, Elba Gerena-Maldonado, Susan Strom, Sharon Downing, Jennifer Vetrovs, Paige Kayihan, Piper Paul, Kate Kennedy, Joshua O Benditt, Michael D Weiss
OBJECTIVES: To describe the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients who sought medication under the Washington State Death with Dignity (DWD) Act since its inception in 2009. METHODS: Chart review at 3 tertiary medical centers in the Seattle/Puget Sound region and comparison to publicly available data of ALS and all-cause DWD cohorts from Washington and Oregon. RESULTS: In Washington State, 39 patients with ALS requested DWD from the University of Washington, Virginia Mason, and Swedish Medical Centers beginning in 2009...
October 21, 2016: Neurology
Patrick J Dillon, Ambar Basu
Over the past decade, scholars and practitioners have called for efforts to reduce disparities in the cost and quality of end-of-life care; a key contributor to these disparities is the underuse of hospice care by African American patients. While previous studies have often relied on interviewing minority individuals who may or may not have been terminally ill, among them only few who were using hospice care services, this essay reports the findings of a grounded theory analysis of interviews with 26 African American hospice patients (n = 10) and lay caregivers (n = 16)...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Mark Corbett
Conceivably, in an ideal world, all patients with a life-limiting illness would receive optimal hospice and palliative care so that no one would ever wish to hasten their own death. The reality, however, is that despite provision of optimal hospice and palliative care, individuals with terminal illness experience suffering, loss of meaning, or deterioration in quality of life to the extent where they express the desire to expedite the dying process. While there has been extensive discussion surrounding physician-assisted death (PAD), there has been less attention paid to the practice of voluntary stopping eating and drinking (VSED) near the end of life...
2016: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Thaddeus Mason Pope
This symposium includes twelve personal narratives from those who have personally participated in voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED). This issue also includes three commentaries on these narratives by experts in philosophy, palliative care, and hospice medicine. The successes, challenges, and observations described by these narrative and commentary authors will not only inform the academic debate about the legitimacy of VSED but will also inform much needed practical guidance for patients, clinicians, and family members on how they can best implement and support VSED...
2016: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Antonio Pangallo, Lara Zibarras, Fiona Patterson
OBJECTIVES: Relatively little research has been directed toward the assessment of resilience in the health care context. Given the stressors associated with the provision of health care, the present study describes the development and evaluation of a situational judgement test (SJT) designed to assess resilience in palliative care health care workers. METHODS: An SJT was developed to measure behaviours associated with resilience in a palliative care context. Next, SJT reliability and validity analyses were assessed in a sample of acute ward, hospice and community palliative care workers (n = 284)...
November 2016: Medical Education
Shannon M Dunlay, Jacob J Strand, Sara E Wordingham, John M Stulak, Angela J Luckhardt, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Despite the ability of left ventricular assist device as destination therapy (DT-LVAD) to prolong survival for many patients with advanced heart failure, little is known about the eventual end-of-life care that patients with DT-LVAD receive. METHODS AND RESULTS: All patients undergoing DT-LVAD at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from January 1, 2007, to September 30, 2014, who subsequently died before July 1, 2015, were included. Information about end-of-life care was obtained from documentation in the electronic medical record...
October 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
Saud M Alsanad, Rachel L Howard, Elizabeth M Williamson
BACKGROUND: Herb/Dietary Supplements (HDS) are the most popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modality used by cancer patients and the only type which involves the ingestion of substances which may interfere with the efficacy and safety of conventional medicines. This study aimed to assess the level of use of HDS in cancer patients undergoing treatment in the UK, and their perceptions of their effects, using 127 case histories of patients who were taking HDS. Previous studies have evaluated the risks of interactions between HDS and conventional drugs on the basis on numbers of patient using HDSs, so our study aimed to further this exploration by examining the actual drug combinations taken by individual patients and their potential safety...
October 18, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Mimi Jenko, Nancy M Short
Bereavement services for families are an established part of hospice and palliative care. However, patients also die in the acute care and long-term care environments. Often, hospice is not involved, creating a potential gap in care. This article recounts a journey to improve care for all families of deceased patients, despite the presence or absence of hospice. A palliative care clinical nurse specialist led a quality improvement team, which used a systems thinking approach to develop and implement a downloadable bereavement booklet for families...
November 2016: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
John G Cagle, Philip Osteen, Paul Sacco, Jodi Jacobson Frey
CONTEXT: Hospice social workers are charged with completing a psychosocial assessment for every new enrollee. This assessment is part of the patient's comprehensive assessment and serves to inform the plan of care and key quality indicators. OBJECTIVES: To review the content of hospice social work assessments because little is known about what assessment topics are included or overlooked. METHODS: Using a clustered random sample from all 50 states, we contacted hospice agencies and requested a blank copy of the social work assessment completed at intake...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Sarah Amador, Claire Goodman, Louise Robinson, Elizabeth L Sampson
BACKGROUND: People living and dying with non-cancer diagnoses, including dementia, have poorer access to generalist and specialist palliative care than people with cancer, and experience worse outcomes in terms of pain and symptom control, and quality and experience of care. In the UK, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) ran a national survey of services for end-of-life care for people with dementia (2008) in which 16 services were identified, and reported on case studies and examples of good practice...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Gail Ewing, Clarissa Penfold, John Benson, Ravi Mahadeva, Sophie Howson, Julie Burkin, Sara Booth, Roberta Lovick, David Gilligan, Christopher Todd, Morag Farquhar
CONTEXT: Carers' needs in advanced disease, and specifically in relation to breathlessness, are well evidenced. Publications on educational interventions for carers of patients with advanced disease which focus on symptoms are scarce and absent for breathlessness. OBJECTIVES: To establish current education provided by clinicians for carers of patients with breathlessness in advanced disease, views about educating carers about breathlessness and relevant outcomes for a future randomised controlled trial (RCT) of an educational intervention for carers...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Robert J Zalenski, Spencer S Jones, Cheryl Courage, Denise R Waselewsky, Anna S Kostaroff, David Kaufman, Afzal Beemath, John Bronfman, James W Castillo, Hicham Krayem, Anthony Marinelli, Bradley Milner, Maria Teresa Palleschi, Mona Tareen, Sheri Testani, Ayman Soubani, Julie Walch, Judy Wheeler, Sonali Wilborn, Hanna Granovsky, Robert D Welch
CONTEXT: There are few multi-center studies that examine the impact of systematic screening for palliative care and specialty consultation in the ICU. OBJECTIVE: To determine the outcomes of receiving palliative care consultation (PCC) for patients who screened positive on palliative care referral criteria. METHODS: In a prospective quality assurance intervention with a retrospective analysis, the covariate balancing propensity score method was utilized to estimate the conditional probability of receiving a PCC and to balance important covariates...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Kevin M Fain, Carlos Castillo-Salgado, David D Dore, Jodi B Segal, Andrew R Zullo, G Caleb Alexander
OBJECTIVE: We quantified transdermal fentanyl prescribing in elderly nursing home residents without prior opioid use or persistent pain, and the association of individual and facility traits with opioid-naïve prescribing. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Linked Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments; Online Survey, Certification and Reporting (OSCAR) records; and Medicare Part D claims. PARTICIPANTS: From a cross-section of all long-stay US nursing home residents in 2008 with an MDS assessment and Medicare Part D enrollment, we identified individuals (≥65 years old) who initiated transdermal fentanyl, excluding those with Alzheimer disease, severe cognitive impairment, cancer, or receipt of hospice care...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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A good palliative care service is responsive, available to families where they want it, provided round the clock, and co-ordinated by a lead healthcare professional or team. This is the view of one hospice director of care in response to a draft good practice guideline on end of life care from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
October 7, 2016: Nursing Children and Young People
Benjamin Djulbegovic, Athanasios Tsalatsanis, Rahul Mhaskar, Iztok Hozo, Branko Miladinovic, Howard Tuch
INTRODUCTION: Management choices at the end of life are high-stake decisions fraught with emotions, chief among is regret. Our objective in this paper is to test the utility of a regret-based model to facilitate referral to hospice care while helping patients clarify their preferences on how they wish to spend the remaining days of their lives. METHODS: A prospective cohort study that enrolled consecutive adult patients (n = 178) aware of the terminal nature of their disease...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
John Hargraves, Niall Brennan
Between 2007 and 2015, Medicare hospice spending rose by 52 percent, from $10.4 billion to $15.8 billion. The rise was driven primarily by an increase in the number of patients in hospice care. Medicare spending on hospice care was $642 million, or 4.2 percent, higher in 2015 than it was in 2014. Spending and spending growth varied by geographic region and diagnosis.
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
Rachael L Morton, Angela C Webster, Kevin McGeechan, Kirsten Howard, Fliss E M Murtagh, Nicholas A Gray, Peter G Kerr, Michael J Germain, Paul Snelling
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine the proportion of patients who switched to dialysis after confirmed plans for conservative care and compare survival and end of life care among patients choosing conservative care with those initiating RRT. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: A cohort study of 721 patients on incident dialysis, patients receiving transplants, and conservatively managed patients from 66 Australian renal units entered into the Patient Information about Options for Treatment Study from July 1 to September 30, 2009 were followed for 3 years...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Bryan P Nowak
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the US Government committed to a transition in payment policy for healthcare services linking reimbursement to improved health outcomes rather than the volume of services provided. To accomplish this goal the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is designing and implementing new payment models intended to improve the quality of healthcare while reducing its cost. Collectively these novel payment models and programs have been characterized under the moniker of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) and while many of these models retain a fundamental fee-for-service (FFS) structure they are seen as essential tools in the evolution away from volume based healthcare financing towards a health system that provides "better care, smarter spending, and healthier people"...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Shi-Yi Wang, Melissa D Aldridge, Maureen Canavan, Emily Cherlin, Elizabeth Bradley
OBJECTIVES: To identify hospice and patient characteristics associated with the use of continuous home care (CHC), and to examine the associations between CHC utilization and hospice disenrollment or hospitalization after hospice enrollment. METHODS: Using 100% fee-for-service Medicare claims data for beneficiaries aged 66 years or older who died between July and December 2011, we identified the percentage of hospice agencies in which patients used CHC in 2011 and determined hospice and patient characteristics associated with use of CHC...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Lisa C Lindley
BACKGROUND: California implemented pediatric palliative care legislations that allowed children to receive curative and supportive care from diagnosis of a life-threatening, serious illness in 2010. Palliative care policies may improve access to hospice care as children near end of life. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of the palliative care policy on hospice utilization for children and their families was investigated. RESEARCH DESIGN: Using 2007 and 2010 California Medicaid data, a difference-in-difference analysis was conducted to analyze hospice use (i...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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