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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731945/the-changing-paradigm-of-radiotherapy-in-the-elderly-population
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Myer Raphael Pfeffer, Philip Blumenfeld
There is increasing awareness of the special needs for care of the elderly cancer patient. Newer precise conformal radiotherapy techniques allow the safe delivery of higher doses of radiotherapy to the target tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding critical organs. This has led to a shortening of radiotherapy protocols for both curative and palliative indications. We review these novel techniques and protocols and the published clinical studies that include elderly patients treated with these techniques...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
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/28719564/the-new-apgar-score-a-checklist-to-enhance-quality-of-life-in-geriatric-patients-with-hip-fracture
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Joseph Bernstein, Sara Weintraub, Eric Hume, Mark D Neuman, Stephen L Kates, Jaimo Ahn
For geriatric patients with hip fractures, the broken bone is the reason for admission, but only part of the overall disease. Indeed, it may be more helpful to consider the patient having geriatric hip fracture syndrome or sustaining a hip attack, as there are many associated medical, social, psychological, and other problems to which attention must be paid. To that end, we have identified a series of 10 steps, collected into a checklist, that can be undertaken for all patients with geriatric hip fracture. In homage to the maxim "we come into the world under the brim of the pelvis and go out through the neck of the femur," we defined our checklist by the acronym APGAR SCORE, named after the classic checklist of the same name used to assess a newborn child...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716375/aging-and-post-intensive-care-syndrome-a-critical-need-for-geriatric-psychiatry
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REVIEW
Sophia Wang, Duane Allen, You Na Kheir, Noll Campbell, Babar Khan
Because of the aging of the intensive care unit (ICU) population and an improvement in survival rates after ICU hospitalization, an increasing number of older adults are suffering from long-term impairments because of critical illness, known as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). This article focuses on PICS-related cognitive, psychological, and physical impairments and the impact of ICU hospitalization on families and caregivers. The authors also describe innovative models of care for PICS and what roles geriatric psychiatrists could play in the future of this rapidly growing population...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675566/effects-of-two-different-glutamine-containing-enteral-supplements-on-stool-frequency-and-density-in-elderly-patients-recovering-from-acute-critical-illness
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Nobutoshi Fushimi, Munenori Yamada, Hiroki Hachiya, Shun Ito, Takashi Shibuya, Noritsugu Ohashi, Akihiro Mori
AIM: Glutamine has various beneficial functions in the gastrointestinal tract. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of two different glutamine supplements on bowel movement at the start of enteral feeding in elderly inpatients. METHODS: This was a double-blind, prospective, randomized comparison study. A total of 25 patients aged >75 years recovering from a critical illness in a non-intensive care unit and scheduled for tube feeding were recruited...
July 4, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612089/the-intensive-care-delirium-research-agenda-a-multinational-interprofessional-perspective
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REVIEW
Pratik P Pandharipande, E Wesley Ely, Rakesh C Arora, Michele C Balas, Malaz A Boustani, Gabriel Heras La Calle, Colm Cunningham, John W Devlin, Julius Elefante, Jin H Han, Alasdair M MacLullich, José R Maldonado, Alessandro Morandi, Dale M Needham, Valerie J Page, Louise Rose, Jorge I F Salluh, Tarek Sharshar, Yahya Shehabi, Yoanna Skrobik, Arjen J C Slooter, Heidi A B Smith
Delirium, a prevalent organ dysfunction in critically ill patients, is independently associated with increased morbidity. This last decade has witnessed an exponential growth in delirium research in hospitalized patients, including those critically ill, and this research has highlighted that delirium needs to be better understood mechanistically to help foster research that will ultimately lead to its prevention and treatment. In this invited, evidence-based paper, a multinational and interprofessional group of clinicians and researchers from within the fields of critical care medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, anesthesiology, geriatrics, surgery, neurology, nursing, pharmacy, and the neurosciences sought to address five questions: (1) What is the current standard of care in managing ICU delirium? (2) What have been the major recent advances in delirium research and care? (3) What are the common delirium beliefs that have been challenged by recent trials? (4) What are the remaining areas of uncertainty in delirium research? (5) What are some of the top study areas/trials to be done in the next 10 years? Herein, we briefly review the epidemiology of delirium, the current best practices for management of critically ill patients at risk for delirium or experiencing delirium, identify recent advances in our understanding of delirium as well as gaps in knowledge, and discuss research opportunities and barriers to implementation, with the goal of promoting an integrated research agenda...
June 13, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599140/instruments-to-evaluate-mobility-capacity-of-older-adults-during-hospitalization-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Karla Vanessa Rodrigues Soares Menezes, Claudine Auger, Weslley Rodrigues de Souza Menezes, Ricardo Oliveira Guerra
Independent mobility is a key factor in predicting morbidity and determining hospital discharge readiness for older patients. The main objective was identify and appraise relevant instruments for the measurement of mobility of hospitalized geriatric patients. A systematic review was performed in two consecutive steps. Based on the definition of mobility of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF). Step 1 identified mobility measurement instruments used to assess patients 60 years of age and over hospitalized in acute care or intensive geriatric rehabilitation unit...
May 27, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556873/nurses-perceptions-and-management-of-urinary-incontinence-in-hospitalized-older-adults-an-integrative-review
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Marnie Colborne, Sherry Dahlke
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a geriatric syndrome affecting older adults in long-term and acute hospital care. Most research has focused on nurses' perceptions of UI in long-term care and community settings rather than acute hospital settings. The purpose of the current integrative review was to understand nurses' perceptions and use of continence strategies for hospitalized older adults. Literature published from 1996-2016 was reviewed. Critical appraisal of the articles by two researchers yielded 10 articles that described nine studies...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555704/transdisciplinary-research-in-frailty-knowledge-translation-to-inform-new-models-of-care
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M Archibald, A Kitson, D Frewin, R Visvanathan
Transforming care for frail older adults requires more than rigorous research. While preventing, identifying and managing frailty are critical to reducing the personal and health systems impact of frailty worldwide, collaborative approaches to research and research application that reflect stakeholder perspectives and priorities are necessary to create meaningful solutions to frailty-related challenges. In South Australia, a new Centre for Research Excellence in Frailty was recently launched with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia...
2017: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498197/overuse-of-health-care-services-in-the-management-of-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Shrujal S Baxi, Minal Kale, Salomeh Keyhani, Benjamin R Roman, Annie Yang, Antonio P Derosa, Deborah Korenstein
BACKGROUND: Overuse, the provision of health services for which harms outweigh the benefits, results in suboptimal patient care and may contribute to the rising costs of cancer care. We performed a systematic review of the evidence on overuse in oncology. METHODS: We searched Medline, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, Web of Science, SCOPUS databases, and 2 grey literature sources, for articles published between December 1, 2011 and March 10, 2017. We included publications from December 2011 to evaluate the literature since the inception of the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative in 2012...
July 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493647/the-liminality-of-the-patient-with-dementia-in-geriatric-rehabilitation-hospitals
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Robin Digby, Susan Lee, Allison Williams
AIM: The aim was to explore the experiences of people with dementia in sub-acute geriatric rehabilitation hospitals to critically evaluate the care received by such patients. BACKGROUND: Globally the number of people with dementia is growing and is expected to impact progressively more on health systems. People with dementia can become deconditioned and deteriorate in cognitive function while in hospital. The unfamiliar environment and people can cause the person to become disorientated which then leads to behavioural symptoms which complicate care...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471238/clinician-perceptions-about-inpatient-occupational-therapy-groups-in-traumatic-brain-injury-rehabilitation
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Freyr Patterson, Jennifer Fleming, Emmah Doig
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to explore the experiences and perceptions of clinicians about the benefits, challenges and processes of facilitating inpatient occupational therapy groups in traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation including peer-to-peer interactions and use of goals. DESIGN AND METHOD: A qualitative methodology, guided by a phenomenological approach was utilized with data collected from focus groups comprising 26 clinicians working in occupational therapy in three inpatient rehabilitation settings: brain injury, spinal injury and geriatric rehabilitation in order to identify aspects unique to brain injury rehabilitation...
May 4, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432547/health-related-quality-of-life-and-diabetes-self-care-activity-in-elderly-patients-with-diabetes-in-korea
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Hacksun Kim, Kisook Kim
A critical goal in the management of elderly patients with diabetes is to improve their health-related quality of life (HRQOL). This study aimed to identify the factors affecting HRQOL in elderly Korean patients with diabetes. Participants were 365 elderly patients with diabetes who were treated in a general hospital in Korea. The data were analysed using independent t-tests, Pearson correlations, and stepwise multiple regression. The mean total HRQOL score was 74.77, and HRQOL showed positive correlations with activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), and the Summary of Diabetes Self-care Activities (SDSA)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419042/geriatric-fracture-care-future-trajectories-a-2015-aoa-critical-issues-symposium
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Julie A Switzer, Kevin J Bozic, Stephen L Kates
The population of the United States and the world is aging rapidly. Musculoskeletal care for older adults will be impacted by the manner in which health care is financed and the ability of the orthopaedic community to provide evidence-based integrated care for this population. We review the financial aspects of health-care reform and the implications for musculoskeletal care in the elderly. We discuss the establishment of quality measures for hip fracture care in the elderly, team building to accomplish this, and an innovative program designed to provide orthopaedic care to the frail elderly outside of the usual office setting...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418066/a-national-survey-on-the-effect-of-the-geriatric-academic-career-award-in-advancing-academic-geriatric-medicine
#15
Kevin T Foley, Clare C Luz, Katherine V Hanson, Yuning Hao, Elisia M Ray
A workforce that understands principles of geriatric medicine is critical to addressing the care needs of the growing elderly population. This will be impossible without a substantial increase in academicians engaged in education and aging research. Limited support of early-career clinician-educators is a major barrier to attaining this goal. The Geriatric Academic Career Award (GACA) was a vital resource that benefitted 222 junior faculty members. GACA availability was interrupted in 2006, followed by permanent discontinuation after the Geriatrics Workforce Education Program (GWEP) subsumed it in 2015, leaving aspiring clinician-educators with no similar alternatives...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398987/predicting-risk-and-outcomes-for-frail-older-adults-an-umbrella-review-of-frailty-screening-tools
#16
João Apóstolo, Richard Cooke, Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos, Silvina Santana, Maura Marcucci, Antonio Cano, Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Federico Germini, Carol Holland
BACKGROUND: A scoping search identified systematic reviews on diagnostic accuracy and predictive ability of frailty measures in older adults. In most cases, research was confined to specific assessment measures related to a specific clinical model. OBJECTIVES: To summarize the best available evidence from systematic reviews in relation to reliability, validity, diagnostic accuracy and predictive ability of frailty measures in older adults. INCLUSION CRITERIA POPULATION: Older adults aged 60 years or older recruited from community, primary care, long-term residential care and hospitals...
April 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364991/polypharmacy-and-delirium-in-critically-ill-older-adults-recognition-and-prevention
#17
REVIEW
Erik Garpestad, John W Devlin
Among older adults, polypharmacy is a sequelae of admission to the intensive care unit and is associated with increased medication-associated adverse events, drug interactions, and health care costs. Delirium is prevalent in critically ill geriatric patients and medications remain an underappreciated modifiable risk for delirium in this setting. This article reviews the literature on polypharmacy and delirium, with a focus on highlighting the relationships between polypharmacy and delirium in critically ill, older adults...
May 2017: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302750/the-clinical-frailty-scale-upgrade-your-eyeball-test
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Jonathan Afilalo
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May 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292313/relationship-between-family-caregiver-burden-and-physical-frailty-in-older-adults-without-dementia-a-systematic-review
#19
Thom Ringer, Afeez Abiola Hazzan, Arnav Agarwal, Adam Mutsaers, Alexandra Papaioannou
BACKGROUND: Physical frailty is a prevalent syndrome in older adults that increases vulnerability for a range of adverse outcomes including increased dependency and death. Caregivers of older adults experience significant physical, emotional, and financial burden, which is associated with poor physical and mental health. While it is known that care recipients' dementia is associated with burden, the literature regarding the impact of physical frailty on burden has yet to be synthesized...
March 14, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279073/end-of-life-care-and-discussions-in-japanese-geriatric-health-service-facilities
#20
Asako Kanoh, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto, Shoji Yokoya
BACKGROUND: Geriatric health service facilities (GHSFs) play important roles as intermediate care facilities for elderly individuals temporarily when they need rehabilitation before returning home. However, the number of residents spending their end-of-life (EOL) period in such facilities is increasing. To improve the quality of EOL care, end-of-life discussions (EOLDs) are recommended by some guidelines and studies. AIM: This study aimed to clarify the current practice of EOL care and EOLDs in GHSFs in Japan...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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