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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214237/knowledge-attitudes-and-preferences-of-advance-decisions-end-of-life-care-and-place-of-care-and-death-in-hong-kong-a%C3%A2-population-based-telephone-survey-of-1067-adults
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Roger Yat-Nork Chung, Eliza Lai-Yi Wong, Nicole Kiang, Patsy Yuen-Kwan Chau, Janice Y C Lau, Samuel Yeung-Shan Wong, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Jean W Woo
OBJECTIVES: According to the 2015 Quality of Death Index published by the Intelligence Unit of the Economist, Hong Kong is ranked 22nd in terms of quality of palliative care in the world, behind many other major developed countries in Asia, including Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. The objectives of the present study were to describe the knowledge, attitude, and preferences of the general Hong Kong adult population across different age groups regarding end-of-life (EOL) care decisions, place of care and death, as well as advance directive (AD)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196257/association-between-use-of-a-scalp-cooling-device-and-alopecia-after-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer
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Hope S Rugo, Paula Klein, Susan Anitra Melin, Sara A Hurvitz, Michelle E Melisko, Anne Moore, Glen Park, Jules Mitchel, Erika Bågeman, Ralph B D'Agostino, Elizabeth S Ver Hoeve, Laura Esserman, Tessa Cigler
Importance: Chemotherapy-induced alopecia is a common and distressing adverse effect. In previous studies of scalp cooling to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia, conclusions have been limited. Objectives: To evaluate whether use of a scalp cooling system is associated with a lower amount of hair loss among women receiving specific chemotherapy regimens for early-stage breast cancer and to assess related changes in quality of life. Design, Setting, and Participants: A prospective cohort study conducted at 5 US medical centers of women with stage I or II breast cancer receiving adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimens excluding sequential or combination anthracycline and taxane (106 patients in the scalp cooling group and 16 in the control group; 14 matched by both age and chemotherapy regimen)...
February 14, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194722/mind-the-gap-temporal-discontinuities-in-observed-activity-streams-influence-perceived-duration-of-actions
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Bärbel Garsoffky, Markus Huff, Stephan Schwan
In everyday life, when observing activities taking place in our environment, we often shift our attention among several activities and therefore perceive each activity sequence piecemeal with temporal gaps in between. Two studies examined whether the length of these gaps influences the processing of the observed activities. Experiment 1 presented film clips depicting activities that were interrupted by either short or long gaps and asked participants to estimate how long the target action presented at the end of the clip would normally take if it were to take place in reality...
February 13, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194618/the-prognostic-value-of-pre-diagnosis-health-related-quality-of-life-on-survival-a-prospective-cohort-study-of-older-americans-with-lung-cancer
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Laura C Pinheiro, Timothy M Zagar, Bryce B Reeve
PURPOSE: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) after cancer diagnosis is prognostic for overall survival (OS). However, no studies have assessed if HRQOL before diagnosis is predictive for OS. The objective of this study was to determine the association between pre-lung cancer diagnosis HRQOL and OS. METHODS: Our prospective cohort study used surveillance, epidemiology, and end results linked to the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey. We included 6290 individuals 65 years or older diagnosed with incident lung cancer from 1998 to 2013...
February 14, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188451/patients-with-cheyne-stokes-respiration-and-heart-failure-patient-tolerance-after-three-month-discontinuation-of-treatment-with-adaptive-servo-ventilation
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Arild Hetland, Tøri Vigeland Lerum, Kristina H Haugaa, Thor Edvardsen
The recent SERVE HF study concluded that patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) have increased mortality when treated with adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV). We, therefore, wanted to explore if these patients tolerated discontinuation of ASV treatment. The study was a prospective post-ASV treatment observational design with a 3-month follow-up period. 14 patients from our outpatient clinic, all male, were originally diagnosed with CHF and Cheyne-Stokes respiration, which is a clinical form of central sleep apnea...
February 11, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187812/family-discussions-on-life-sustaining-interventions-in-neurocritical-care
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M M Adil, D Larriviere
Approximately 20% of all deaths in the USA occur in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the majority of ICU deaths involves decision of de-escalation of life-sustaining interventions. Life-sustaining interventions may include intubation and mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition and hydration, antibiotic treatment, brain surgery, or vasoactive support. Decision making about goals of care can be defined as an end-of-life communication and the decision-making process between a clinician and a patient (or a surrogate decision maker if the patient is incapable) in an institutional setting to establish a plan of care...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186928/collecting-biological-material-from-palliative-care-patients-in-the-last-weeks-of-life-a-feasibility-study
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Séamus Coyle, Aileen Scott, Amara Callistus Nwosu, Richard Latten, James Wilson, Catriona R Mayland, Stephen Mason, Chris Probert, John Ellershaw
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of prospectively collecting biological samples (urine) from palliative care patients in the last weeks of life. SETTING: A 30-bedded specialist hospice in the North West of England. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were adults with a diagnosis of advanced disease and able to provide written informed consent. METHOD: Potential participants were identified by a senior clinician over a 12-week period in 2014...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185791/evolution-of-symptom-burden-of-advanced-lung-cancer-over-a-decade
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Mike R Sung, Milan V Patel, Sarvar Djalalov, Lisa W Le, Frances A Shepherd, Ronald L Burkes, Ronald Feld, Stephanie Lin, Roxana Tudor, Natasha B Leighl
INTRODUCTION: Lung cancer is associated with higher levels of symptom distress and unmet needs than other cancer types. We assessed changes in symptoms, function, understanding, and preferences of patients with advanced lung cancer over a 10-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 26-item self-administered questionnaire was used to assess symptom burden, functional impairment, knowledge of disease and treatment, and information preferences. The survey was administered to consecutive outpatients with advanced lung cancer first in 2002 and a second cohort in 2012...
January 5, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181897/-discontinuation-of-potentially-inappropriate-medications-at-the-end-of-life-perspectives-from-patients-their-relatives-and-physicians
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E C T Geijteman, M M A Tempelman, M K Dees, B A A Huisman, R S G M Perez, L van Zuylen, A van der Heide
OBJECTIVE: To obtain insight into the perspectives of patients, relatives and physicians towards potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) at the end of life. DESIGN: Qualitative interview study. METHOD: An analysis of in-depth interviews with 17 patients who were diagnosed as having a life expectancy of less than three months, 12 patient relatives, and 20 medical specialists and 12 general practitioners who cared for them. For analysis we applied the constant comparative method, which forms part of the grounded theory approach...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178949/selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-versus-placebo-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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Janus Christian Jakobsen, Kiran Kumar Katakam, Anne Schou, Signe Gade Hellmuth, Sandra Elkjær Stallknecht, Katja Leth-Møller, Maria Iversen, Marianne Bjørnø Banke, Iggiannguaq Juhl Petersen, Sarah Louise Klingenberg, Jesper Krogh, Sebastian Elgaard Ebert, Anne Timm, Jane Lindschou, Christian Gluud
BACKGROUND: The evidence on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for major depressive disorder is unclear. METHODS: Our objective was to conduct a systematic review assessing the effects of SSRIs versus placebo, 'active' placebo, or no intervention in adult participants with major depressive disorder. We searched for eligible randomised clinical trials in The Cochrane Library's CENTRAL, PubMed, EMBASE, PsycLIT, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index Expanded, clinical trial registers of Europe and USA, websites of pharmaceutical companies, the U...
February 8, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175997/nothing-left-to-chance-the-impact-of-locus-of-control-on-physical-and-mental-quality-of-life-in-terminal-cancer-patients
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Alaina J Brown, Premal H Thaker, Charlotte C Sun, Diana L Urbauer, Eduardo Bruera, Diane C Bodurka, Lois M Ramondetta
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate if locus of control (LOC) predicts various quality of life (QOL) and mental well-being measures among terminally ill cancer patients at the time of palliative care consult. METHODS: Multi-site analysis of patients with advanced cancer being seen as new patients in a Palliative and Supportive Care outpatient clinic. Patients completed the following surveys: locus of control (LOC) scale, Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-General (FACT-G), Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual (FACIT-Sp), Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS), and Herth Hope Index (HHI)...
February 7, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174659/making-an-impakt-improving-care-of-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-in-the-community-through-collaborative-working-and-utilizing-information-technology
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Gang Xu, Rupert Major, David Shepherd, Nigel Brunskill
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious long-term condition, which if left untreated causes significant cardiovascular sequele. It is well recognized management of modifiable risk factors, such as blood pressure (BP), can lead to improved long-term outcomes. A novel information technology (IT) solution presents a possible solution to help clinicians in the community identify and manage at risk patients more efficiently. The IMproving Patient care and Awareness of Kidney disease progression Together (IMPAKT) IT tool was used to identify patients with CKD and uncontrolled hypertension in the community...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170394/performance-and-cost-effectiveness-of-computed-tomography-lung-cancer-screening-scenarios-in-a-population-based-setting-a-microsimulation-modeling-analysis-in-ontario-canada
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Kevin Ten Haaf, Martin C Tammemägi, Susan J Bondy, Carlijn M van der Aalst, Sumei Gu, S Elizabeth McGregor, Garth Nicholas, Harry J de Koning, Lawrence F Paszat
BACKGROUND: The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) results indicate that computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening for current and former smokers with three annual screens can be cost-effective in a trial setting. However, the cost-effectiveness in a population-based setting with >3 screening rounds is uncertain. Therefore, the objective of this study was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of lung cancer screening in a population-based setting in Ontario, Canada, and evaluate the effects of screening eligibility criteria...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167655/improving-community-access-to-terminal-phase-medicines-through-the-implementation-of-a-core-medicines-list-in-south-australian-community-pharmacies
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Paul Tait, Chris Horwood, Paul Hakendorf, Timothy To
OBJECTIVES: Difficulties accessing medicines in the terminal phase hamper the ability of patients to die at home. The aim of this study was to identify changes in community access to medicines for managing symptoms in the terminal phase throughout South Australia (SA), following the development of a 'Core Medicines List' (the List) while exploring factors predictive of pharmacies carrying a broad range of useful medicines. METHODS: In 2015, SA community pharmacies were invited to participate in a repeat survey exploring the availability of specific medicines...
February 6, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166765/optitrain-a-randomised-controlled-exercise-trial-for-women-with-breast-cancer-undergoing-chemotherapy
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Y Wengström, K A Bolam, S Mijwel, C J Sundberg, M Backman, M Browall, J Norrbom, H Rundqvist
BACKGROUND: Women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy suffer from a range of detrimental disease and treatment related side-effects. Exercise has shown to be able to counter some of these side-effects and improve physical function as well as quality of life. The primary aim of the study is to investigate and compare the effects of two different exercise regimens on the primary outcome cancer-related fatigue and the secondary outcomes muscle strength, function and structure, cardiovascular fitness, systemic inflammation, skeletal muscle gene activity, health related quality of life, pain, disease and treatment-related symptoms in women with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy...
February 6, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159850/protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study-of-cortical-lower-urinary-tract-control-changes-following-intradetrusor-injection-of-botulinum-toxin-a-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Rodolfo A Elizondo, Christof Karmonik, Timothy B Boone, Rose Khavari
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a severe debilitating disease that affects patients' quality of life. Up to 90% of patients with MS will develop lower urinary tract dysfunction within the first 18 years of the disease. If oral pharmacotherapy with anticholinergics, behavioural modifications and pelvic floor physical therapy are unsuccessful, intradetrusor injection of botulinum toxin-A (OnaBotA; Botox Allergan, Dublin, Ireland) is a highly effective option for these patients...
February 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157431/increased-symptom-expression-among-patients-with-delirium-admitted-to-an-acute-palliative-care-unit
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Maxine de la Cruz, Sriram Yennu, Diane Liu, Jimin Wu, Akhila Reddy, Eduardo Bruera
INTRODUCTION: Delirium is the most common neuropsychiatric condition in very ill patients and those at the end of life. Previous case reports found that delirium-induced disinhibition may lead to overexpression of symptoms. It negatively affects communication between patients, family members, and the medical team and can sometimes lead to inappropriate interventions. Better understanding would result in improved care. Our aim was to determine the effect of delirium on the reporting of symptom severity in patients with advanced cancer...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156663/evaluation-of-combined-argon-plasma-coagulation-and-savary-bougienage-for-the-relief-of-dysphagia-of-esophageal-squamous-cancer-patients-in-the-end-of-life
#18
Caihong Dong, Tanyou Shan, Xiaozhi Yuan, Shuoguo Li, Xuezhen Ding, Shegan Gao
: 214 Background: To relieve the dysphagia is a critical treatment for advanced esophageal cancer patients' palliative care in their end-of-life. The ideal way is to satisfy both the patient's nutrition supplement and self-taste. Although several endoscopic dilation techniques have been reported, the high incidence of dysphagia quickly relapsing remains. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) combined with Savary bougienage (SB) and SB alone for the relief of dysphagia of esophageal squamous cancer in the end-of-life...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156648/is-empathy-associated-with-a-derived-sense-of-meaning-among-resident-physicians-working-with-patients-nearing-the-end-of-life-on-a-hematology-oncology-ward
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Jonathan Komisar
: 28 Background: An association between empathy and physician-in-training based meaning derived from patient deaths has not been explored previously. If meaning is associated with empathy, an intervention to enhance meaning may counteract empathy decline and promote clinician resilience. This study sought to understand if empathy might be associated with the ability to find meaning in the clinical situations that residents face in oncology. METHODS: Internal Medicine residents rotating on a Hematology/Oncology ward were asked "Do you derive a sense of meaning from working with dying patients? Yes or No...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156627/making-treatment-decisions-at-end-of-life-in-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
#20
Lee Ellington, Kathi Mooney
: 51 Background: End of life treatment decisions are challenging for cancer patients and oncology providers. Patients must understand their prognosis and options, deciding if and when to increase palliative care and decrease tumor-focused therapy. Cancer centers committed to offering clinical trials and evaluate new therapies add complexity to these decisions. To better define crucial points for decision making, we reviewed the care patients received during the last 6 months of life at one comprehensive cancer center...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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