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Antonio Fernando, Conor Rea, Phillipa J Malpas
BACKGROUND: Compassion is a core virtue in medicine and lies at the heart of good medical care. It connects us to each other and reflects our need for relationships with others. AIM: Our aim is to explore how palliative care patients perceive, understand and experience compassion from health professionals, and to inform clinical practice. METHODS: Seven hospice managers in the North Island of New Zealand were contacted and invited to join the study...
January 19, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346304/-total-pain-in-children-with-severe-neurological-impairment
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REVIEW
Timothy A Warlow, Richard D W Hain
Many children with palliative care needs experience difficulty in managing pain. Perhaps none more so than those with severe neurological impairment. For many years; behaviours in these children were misunderstood. As a result; pain was poorly recognised and inadequately managed. Significant advances have been made in the assessment and management of pain in this challenging group of patients. We summarise these advances; drawing on our own experience working with infants; children and young adults with palliative care needs within a UK tertiary paediatric palliative care service...
January 18, 2018: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346056/esophageal-leiomyoma-in-a-dog-causing-esophageal-distension-and-treated-by-transcardial-placement-of-a-self-expanding-covered-nitinol-esophageal-stent
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Elisabeth M Robin, Pascaline B Pey, Pauline de Fornel-Thibaud, Pierre H M Moissonnier, Valérie Freiche
CASE DESCRIPTION A 10-year-old spayed female Rottweiler was referred for evaluation because of a 2-month history of regurgitation and weight loss, despite no apparent change in appetite. The dog had received antiemetic and antacid treatment, without improvement. CLINICAL FINDINGS Physical examination revealed a low body condition score (2/5), but other findings were unremarkable. Diffuse, global esophageal dilatation was noted on plain thoracic radiographs, and normal motility was confirmed through videofluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345756/clinical-intentions-of-antibiotics-prescribed-upon-discharge-to-hospice-care
#4
Sarah A Servid, Brie N Noble, Erik K Fromme, Jon P Furuno
OBJECTIVES: To better understand the clinical intentions for antibiotic prescribing upon discharge from acute care to hospice care. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Five hundred forty-four-bed academic, acute-care, tertiary referral hospital in Portland, Oregon. PARTICIPANTS: Adults (≥18) who received an outpatient prescription for antibiotics on discharge from an acute care hospital to hospice care between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011 (N = 149)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344820/metastases-from-distant-primary-tumours-on-the-head-and-neck-clinical-manifestation-and-diagnostics-of-91-cases
#5
Sven Holger Baum, Christopher Mohr
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate which primary tumours metastasize on the head and neck region, identify the kind of clinical manifestation, the types of diagnostics that should be performed, and prove that the therapy appears possible and useful. PATIENTS: As many as 91 patients with a distant metastasis on the head and neck were enrolled in this retrospective clinical study from January 2004 to September 2016. All the patients were evaluated for clinical symptoms, primary tumour, localization, diagnostics, and surgical procedure...
January 17, 2018: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344766/patient-reported-symptoms-before-palliative-radiotherapy-predict-survival-differences
#6
Carsten Nieder, Thomas A Kämpe, Adam Pawinski, Astrid Dalhaug
BACKGROUND: Widely used prognostic scores, e. g., for brain or bone metastases, are based on disease- and patient-related factors such as extent of metastases, age and performance status, which were available in the databases used to develop the scores. Few groups were able to include patient-reported symptoms. In our department, all patients were assessed with the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS, a one-sheet questionnaire addressing 11 major symptoms and wellbeing on a numeric scale of 0-10) at the time of treatment planning since 2012...
January 17, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344716/safety-and-effectiveness-of-palliative-tunneled-peritoneal-drainage-catheters-in-the-management-of-refractory-malignant-and-non-malignant-ascites
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Jennifer A Knight, Scott M Thompson, Chad J Fleming, Emily C Bendel, Melissa J Neisen, Newton B Neidert, Andrew H Stockland, Haraldur Bjarnason, David A Woodrum
PURPOSE: To determine the safety and effectiveness of tunneled peritoneal catheters in the management of refractory malignant and non-malignant ascites. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An IRB-approved retrospective review was undertaken of patients who underwent ultrasound and fluoroscopy-guided tunneled peritoneal catheter placement for management of refractory malignant or non-malignant ascites between January 1, 2009, and March 14, 2014. RESULTS: A total of 137 patients (76 M/61 F, mean age 62...
January 17, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344498/selective-intra-arterial-embolization-for-advanced-extrascleral-uveal-melanoma
#8
Víctor M Villegas, Mariola Monagas, Joseph Campbell, Timothy G Murray, Luis Serrano
Purpose: To report a treatment approach for advanced extrascleral uveal melanoma. Methods: We performed clinical examination including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, angiography, and histopathologic analysis. Case: A 49-year-old healthy woman presented with a 7-year history of an enlarging pigmented mass in her right orbit. Malignant melanoma was diagnosed after biopsy with immunohistochemical stains. Treatment included selective intra-arterial embolization...
December 2017: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344129/update-on-radionuclide-therapy-in-oncology
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Cornelia Nitipir, Dana Niculae, Cristina Orlov, Maria Alexandra Barbu, Bogdan Popescu, Ana Maria Popa, Anca Mihaela Stoian Pantea, Adina Elena Stanciu, Bianca Galateanu, Octav Ginghina, Georgios Z Papadakis, Boris N Izotov, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Carolina Negrei
Unstable isotopes and their capacity to emit ionizing radiation have been employed in clinical practice not only for diagnostic, but also for therapeutic purposes, with significant contribution in several fields of medicine and primarily in the management of oncologic patients. Their efficacy is associated with their ability to provide the targeted delivery of ionizing radiation for a determined duration. These compounds can be used for curative or palliative treatment, as well as for a diagnostic-therapeutic (theranostic) approach...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343195/caring-for-a-family-member-or-friend-with-dementia-at-the-end-of-life-a-scoping-review-and-implications-for-palliative-care-practice
#10
Timothy R Broady, Freya Saich, Tom Hinton
BACKGROUND: Although people with dementia receive substantial care from informal sources, there is limited research available that investigates how these carers experience end-of-life care. AIM: This review aimed to identify what is currently known about carers' experiences of providing end-of-life care to a family member or friend with dementia and draw implications for palliative care policy and service provision. DESIGN: A scoping literature review was conducted, first using a targeted key word search, followed by assessments of eligibility based on title and then abstract content...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343186/association-between-palliative-care-and-life-sustaining-treatments-for-patients-with-dementia-a-nationwide-5-year-cohort-study
#11
Ping-Jen Chen, Fu-Wen Liang, Chung-Han Ho, Shao-Yi Cheng, Yi-Chen Chen, Yu-Han Chen, Yueh-Chun Chen
BACKGROUND: The association between palliative care and life-sustaining treatments for patients with dementia is unclear in Asian countries. AIM: To analyse the use of palliative care and its association with aggressive treatments based on Taiwanese national data. DESIGN: A matched cohort study was conducted. The association between intervention and outcome was evaluated using conditional logistic regression analyses. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: The source population comprised 239,633 patients with dementia diagnosed between 2002 and 2013...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343173/effects-of-two-feedback-interventions-on-end-of-life-outcomes-in-nursing-home-residents-with-dementia-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-three-armed-trial
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Jannie A Boogaard, Henrica Cw de Vet, Mirjam C van Soest-Poortvliet, Johannes R Anema, Wilco P Achterberg, Jenny T van der Steen
BACKGROUND: Despite increased attention for palliative care in dementia, recent studies found burdensome symptoms and unmet family caregiver needs in the last phase of life. Feedback is being used to improve the quality of palliative care, but we do not know how effective it is. AIM: To assess the effect of two feedback strategies on perceived quality of end-of-life care and comfort in dying nursing home residents with dementia. METHODS: In a cluster-randomized controlled trial, the End-of-Life in Dementia-Satisfaction With Care and the End-of-Life in Dementia-Comfort Assessment in Dying scales were completed by bereaved family caregivers of residents with dementia of 18 Dutch nursing homes...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343169/patients-and-carers-perspectives-of-palliative-care-in-general-practice-a-systematic-review-with-narrative-synthesis
#13
Emilie Green, Selena Knight, Merryn Gott, Stephen Barclay, Patrick White
BACKGROUND: General practitioners have overall responsibility for community care, including towards end of life. Current policy places generalists at the centre of palliative care provision. However, little is known about how patients and carers understand the general practitioner's role. AIMS: To explore patient and carer perspectives of (1) the role of the general practitioner in providing palliative care to adult patients and (2) the facilitators and barriers to the general practitioner's capacity to fulfil this perceived role...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343167/a-cluster-randomised-feasibility-trial-of-clinically-assisted-hydration-in-cancer-patients-in-the-last-days-of-life
#14
Andrew N Davies, Melanie Waghorn, Katherine Webber, Sigurd Johnsen, Jeewaka Mendis, Julia Boyle
BACKGROUND: The provision of clinically assisted hydration at the end-of-life is one of the most contentious issues in medicine. AIM: The aim of this feasibility study was to answer the question 'can a definitive (adequately powered) study be done?' DESIGN: The study was a cluster randomised trial, with sites randomised on a one-to-one basis to intervention 'A' (regular mouth care and usual other care) or intervention 'B' (clinically assisted hydration, mouth care and usual other care)...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343085/a-lack-of-systemic-absorption-following-the-repeated-application-of-topical-quetiapine-in-healthy-adults
#15
Bryce Kayhart, Maria I Lapid, Sarah Nelson, Julie L Cunningham, Virginia H Thompson, Jonathan G Leung
In the absence of suitable oral or intravenous access for medication administration and when the intramuscular medications are undesirable, alternative routes for drug delivery may be considered. Antipsychotics administered via an inhaled, intranasal, rectal, or topical route have been described in the literature. Topically administered antipsychotics have been previously reported to produce negligible systemic absorption despite being used in clinical practice for nausea and behavioral symptoms associated with dementia...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342492/efficacy-and-safety-of-endoscopic-radiofrequency-ablation-for-unresectable-extrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-a-randomized-trial
#16
Jianfeng Yang, Jing Wang, Haibin Zhou, Yifeng Zhou, Yang Wang, Hangbin Jin, Qifeng Lou, Xiaofeng Zhang
BACKGROUND:  Endoscopic placement of biliary stents to relieve jaundice is the main palliative treatment for unresectable extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Endoscopic biliary radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been reported to prolong stent patency, which may be beneficial in improving patient survival. However, available evidence is still insufficient, as most reported studies are retrospective case series. The aim of this study was to explore the clinical effect and safety of RFA in patients with unresectable extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma...
January 17, 2018: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342491/covered-vs-uncovered-self-expandable-metal-stents-for-malignant-distal-biliary-strictures-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Alberto Tringali, Cesare Hassan, Matteo Rota, Marta Rossi, Massimiliano Mutignani, Lars Aabakken
BACKGROUND: Self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) are used for palliation of distal malignant biliary strictures, but the role of covered SEMS is less clear. We performed an up-to-date meta-analysis to compare the performance of covered and uncovered SEMS in patients with unresectable distal malignant biliary strictures. METHODS: A computerized medical search was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library between 2000 and December 2016 to identify all randomized trials that compared covered with uncovered SEMS in patients with distal malignant biliary strictures...
January 17, 2018: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342021/nonoperative-management-of-perforated-hollow-viscera-in-a-palliative-care-unit
#18
Myrick C Shinall, Jesse M Ehrenfeld, Oliver L Gunter
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January 15, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341836/a-cohort-study-of-patient-reported-outcomes-and-healthcare-utilization-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients-receiving-active-cancer-therapy-in-the-last-six-months-of-life
#19
Jared R Lowe, Yinxi Yu, Steven Wolf, Greg Samsa, Thomas W LeBlanc
BACKGROUND: Evidence about the unique palliative care needs of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is limited. Improving the care of these patients will require a better understanding of their unmet needs, including symptom burden at the end of life, and patterns of healthcare utilization. OBJECTIVE: To describe AML patients' experiences in the last six months of life regarding symptom burden, blood product utilization, and use of palliative care services...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341818/medicine-as-it-should-be-teaching-team-and-teamwork-during-a-palliative-care-clerkship
#20
Barbara A Head, Christian Davis Furman, Andrew M Lally, Kimberly Leake, Mark Pfeifer
BACKGROUND: Interprofessional Education (IPE) is an important component of medical education. Rotations with palliative care interdisciplinary teams (IDTs) provide an optimal environment for IPE and teaching teamwork skills. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to assess the learning of senior medical students during a palliative care rotation. DESIGN: A constant comparison method based on grounded theory was used in this qualitative study. SETTING/SUBJECTS: Senior medical students completed a semi-structured reflective writing exercise after a required one-week palliative care clerkship...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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