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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501134/factors-associated-with-palliative-care-use-in-patients-undergoing-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy
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Rachel S Morris, Faiz Gani, Abdulrahman Y Hammad, Wendy Peltier, T Clark Gamblin, Kiran K Turaga, Fabian M Johnston
BACKGROUND: Peritoneal carcinomatosis represents widespread metastatic disease throughout the abdomen and/or pelvis. Cytoreductive surgery/hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS/HIPEC) improves the overall survival compared to standard therapy alone. The role palliative care (PC) plays however, remains poorly studied among these patients. METHODS: Patients who had previously undergone HIPEC and who underwent an inpatient admission from 7/1/2013 to 6/30/2014 were identified to determine which patients were referred for inpatient or outpatient palliative consultation...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494619/improving-quality-of-care-for-end-stage-respiratory-disease-changes-in-attitude-changes-in-service
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D Robin Taylor, Scott A Murray
The illness trajectory for many patients with severe respiratory disease is characterized by steady decline. Yet most healthcare resources are poured into managing acute exacerbations that are only temporarily effective. Further, 'bad deaths' can result from inappropriate medical interventions at times of crisis. In this article, we describe a range of changes in attitudes, behaviour and service provision that together focus on improving quality of care for respiratory patients with frequent crises. These changes include prognostic conversations, developing and implementing anticipatory care plans both in hospital and in the outpatient settings, and establishing a supportive care clinic devoted to complex disease and optimizing palliative care...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485714/portugal-health-system-review
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Jorge de Almeida Simoes, Goncalo Figueiredo Augusto, Ines Fronteira, Cristina Hernandez-Quevedo
This analysis of the Portuguese health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Overall health indicators such as life expectancy at birth and at age 65 years have shown a notable improvement over the last decades. However, these improvements have not been followed at the same pace by other important dimensions of health: child poverty and its consequences, mental health and quality of life after 65...
March 2017: Health Systems in Transition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478889/-interventions-to-improve-quality-of-life-in-oncological-patients
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Monika Klinkhammer-Schalke, Brunhilde Steinger, Michael Koller, Patricia Lindberg
The assessment of quality of life is a central aspect in the current debate in support groups, certified cancer centres, benefit assessment, and also in palliative care. Accordingly, quality of life has become an essential part of clinical trials for more than two decades. But most of the time results are presented in a descriptive manner without any concrete therapeutic consequences for the improvement of quality of life. Likewise, there are no uniform recommendations for considering quality of life data in the decision-making process...
May 3, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472313/implementing-evidence-based-palliative-care-programs-and-policy-for-cancer-patients-epidemiologic-and-policy-implications-of-the-2016-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-clinical-practice-guideline-update
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Sarina R Isenberg, Rebecca A Aslakson, Thomas J Smith
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently convened an Ad Hoc Palliative Care Expert Panel to update a 2012 provisional clinical opinion by conducting a systematic review of clinical trials in palliative care in oncology. The key takeaways from the updated ASCO clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are that more people should be referred to interdisciplinary palliative care teams and that more palliative care specialists and palliative care-trained oncologists are needed to meet this demand. The following summary statement is based on multiple randomized clinical trials: "Inpatients and outpatients with advanced cancer should receive dedicated palliative care services, early in the disease course, concurrent with active treatment...
January 1, 2017: Epidemiologic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470369/integration-of-oncology-and-palliative-care-setting-a-benchmark
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P Vayne-Bossert, E Richard, P Good, K Sullivan, J R Hardy
BACKGROUND: Integration of oncology and palliative care (PC) should be the standard model of care for patients with advanced cancer. An expert panel developed criteria that constitute integration. This study determined whether the PC service within this Health Service, which is considered to be fully "integrated", could be benchmarked against these criteria. METHODS: A survey was undertaken to determine the perceived level of integration of oncology and palliative care by all health care professionals (HCPs) within our cancer centre...
May 3, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447107/-role-of-anesthesiology-in-pain-medicine-and-palliative-care-treatment-in-german-hospitals-survey-of-department-heads-of-anesthesiology-on-treatment-structures
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J Erlenwein, F Petzke, U Stamer, W Meißner, F Nauck, E Pogatzki-Zahn, W Koppert, C Maier
BACKGROUND: The aim of this analysis was to describe the role of anesthesiology departments in pain medicine and palliative care services in German hospitals. METHOD: In the year 2012, all heads of departments of anesthesiology registered with the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine were surveyed about structures of pain medicine and palliative care services in their hospitals using a standardized postal questionnaire. RESULTS: Out of 408 returned questionnaires (response rate 47%) 403 could be evaluated...
April 26, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444652/-establishment-of-specialized-pediatric-palliative-home-care-in-the-medical-valley-of-the-european-metropolitan-area-nuremberg
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Steven Hébert, Chara Gravou-Apostolatou, Wolfgang Rascher
Background As part of the 2007 health reform in Germany the structure of outpatient palliative care for children and adolescents was adopted for the first time and then implemented in Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2009. Methods The introduction of Pediatric Palliative Home Care (PPHC) at the Hospital for Children and Adolescents at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg was retrospectively analyzed between the years 2009 to 2014. Referring medical records (paper-based and electronic) were evaluated systematically. Results Considering 69 patients within this study, 44 (63...
March 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437210/factors-associated-with-length-of-stay-at-home-in-the-final-month-of-life-among-advanced-cancer-patients-a-retrospective-chart-review
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Masatomo Otsuka
BACKGROUND: Living at home is an important factor for maintaining high quality of life among patients. Many studies have discussed parameters associated with place of death, but no studies have yet clarified which factors influence the length of stay at home during the end of life. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing the amount of time spent at home during the final month of life among patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted for 415 patients with advanced cancer...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436189/medication-appropriateness-for-patients-with-dementia-approaching-the-end-of-their-life
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Hsien-Yeh Chuang, Yu-Wen Wen, Liang-Kung Chen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
AIM: To examine medication use among patients with dementia towards the end of their life and to evaluate the appropriateness of medication use by using a nationwide database. METHODS: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 6532 people with dementia that died between 2008 and 2012. For each person with dementia, data of medication use in the last month of outpatient setting (vs -12th month [baseline]) and last hospitalization (vs -3rd hospitalization [baseline]) before death were retrieved for study...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427868/potential-palliative-care-quality-indicators-in-heart-disease-patients-a-review-of-the-literature
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Atsushi Mizuno, Mitsunori Miyashita, Akitoshi Hayashi, Fujimi Kawai, Koichiro Niwa, Akemi Utsunomiya, Shun Kohsaka, Takashi Kohno, Takeshi Yamamoto, Morimasa Takayama, Toshihisa Anzai
In spite of the increasing interest in palliative care for heart disease, data on the detailed methods of palliative care and its efficacy specifically in heart disease are still lacking. A structured PubMed literature review revealed no quality indicators of palliative care in heart disease. Therefore, we performed a narrative overview of the potential quality indicators in heart disease by reviewing previous literature concerning quality indicators in cancer patients. We summarize seven potential categories of quality indicators in heart disease: (1) presence and availability of a palliative care unit, palliative care team, and outpatient palliative care; (2) human resources such as number of skilled staff; (3) infrastructure; (4) presence and frequency of documentation or family survey; (5) patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) data and disease-specific patient quality of life such as The Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ); (6) questionnaires and interviews about the quality of palliative care after death, including bereaved family surveys; and (7) admission-related outcomes such as place of death and intensive care unit length of stay...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386787/prospective-evaluation-of-systematic-use-of-peripherally-inserted-central-catheters-picc-lines-for-the-home-care-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cells-transplantation
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J Cornillon, J A Martignoles, E Tavernier-Tardy, M Gire, P Martinez, C Tranchan, A Vallard, K Augeul-Meunier, B Hacquard, D Guyotat
PURPOSE: Long-term catheters are often necessary for outpatient care after an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), However, there is paucity of data on the use of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) in post-HSCT setting. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated the systematic use of PICC in 37 consecutive patients returning home after HSCT. RESULTS: In 6 out of 37 patients, the PICC was exclusively used for weekly blood controls...
April 6, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386785/assessing-the-prognostic-features-of-a-pain-classification-system-in-advanced-cancer-patients
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Joseph Arthur, Kimberson Tanco, Ali Haider, Courtney Maligi, Minjeong Park, Diane Liu, Eduardo Bruera
PURPOSE: The Edmonton Classification System for Cancer Pain (ECS-CP) has been shown to predict pain management complexity based on five features: pain mechanism, incident pain, psychological distress, addictive behavior, and cognitive function. The main objective of our study was to explore the association between ECS-CP features and pain treatment outcomes among outpatients managed by a palliative care specialist-led interdisciplinary team. METHODS: Initial and follow-up clinical information of 386 eligible supportive care outpatients were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed...
April 6, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379814/snapshot-of-an-outpatient-supportive-care-center-at-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
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Lindsey E Pimentel, Maxine De La Cruz, Angelique Wong, Debra Castro, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Integration of palliative care (PC) in oncology have been found to improve symptom distress, quality of life, and survival in patients with advanced cancer. Early integration is most appropriate in the outpatient setting. However, most PC services in the United States do not have an outpatient component. Our study aims to provide a snapshot of the type of patients and families who are referred to this novel setting for the delivery of early PC. CONCLUSION: Traditionally, PC has been delivered predominantly to patients with advanced disease and to aid in transition to end of life...
April 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375816/confidence-with-and-barriers-to-serious-illness-communication-a-national-survey-of-hospitalists
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Leah B Rosenberg, Jeff Greenwald, Bartho Caponi, Ami Doshi, Howard Epstein, Jeff Frank, Elizabeth Lindenberger, Nick Marzano, Lynnea M Mills, Rab Razzak, James Risser, Wendy G Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To describe the concerns, confidence, and barriers of practicing hospitalists around serious illness communication. BACKGROUND: Hospitalist physicians are optimally positioned to provide primary palliative care, yet their experiences in serious illness communication are not well described. METHODS: Web-based survey, conducted in May 2016. The survey link was distributed via email to 4000 members of the Society of Hospital Medicine...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337553/early-palliative-care-current-status-of-integration-within-german-comprehensive-cancer-centers
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Julia Berendt, Stephanie Stiel, Friedemann Nauck, Christoph Ostgathe
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to describe how models of early integration (EI) of specialized palliative care (SPC) are applied to German comprehensive cancer center (CCCs). METHODS: Heads of SPC departments of the 15 German CCCs were asked by email to describe the situation of early SPC in their CCC. The responses were analyzed using MAXQDA. RESULTS: Thirteen answers were allowed to be analyzed. Most of the department heads report that EI models of SPC are partially applied in the CCC (responses with "yes" or "partly," n = 10)...
March 23, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301921/health-care-utilization-and-complications-of-endoscopic-esophageal-dilation-in-a-national-population
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Abhinav Goyal, Kshitij Chatterjee, Sujani Yadlapati, Shailender Singh
Background/Aims: Esophageal stricture is usually managed with outpatient endoscopic dilation. However, patients with food impaction or failure to thrive undergo inpatient dilation. Esophageal perforation is the most feared complication, and its risk in inpatient setting is unknown. Methods: We used National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database for 2007-2013. International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes were used to identify patients with esophageal strictures...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277698/does-educating-patients-about-the-early-palliative-care-study-increase-preferences-for-outpatient-palliative-cancer-care-findings-from-project-empower
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Michael Hoerger, Laura M Perry, Robert Gramling, Ronald M Epstein, Paul R Duberstein
OBJECTIVES: Randomized controlled trials, especially the Early Palliative Care Study (Temel et al., 2010), have shown that early outpatient palliative cancer care can improve quality of life for patients with advanced cancer or serious symptoms. However, fear and misconceptions drive avoidance of palliative care. Drawing from an empowerment perspective, we examined whether educating patients about evidence from the Early Palliative Care Study would increase preferences for palliative care...
March 9, 2017: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264748/factors-associated-with-patient-reported-subjective-well-being-among-advanced-lung-or-non-colonic-gastrointestinal-cancer-patients
#19
Sriram Yennurajalingam, Yu Jung Kim, Yi Zhang, Jichan Park, Joseph Arthur, Gary B Chisholm, Janet L Williams, Eduardo Bruera
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the factors associated with a feeling of well-being using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS)-Feeling of Well-Being item (ESAS-FWB; where 0 = best and 10 = worst) among advanced lung or non-colonic gastrointestinal cancer patients who were referred to an outpatient palliative care clinic (OPCC). We also examined the association of performance on the ESAS-FWB with overall survival (OS). METHOD: We reviewed the records of consecutive patients with incurable advanced lung cancer and non-colonic gastrointestinal cancer presenting to an OPCC from 1 January 2008 through to 31 December 2013...
March 7, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220314/supportive-care-organization-in-france-a-national-in-depth-survey-among-patients-and-oncologists
#20
Florian Scotté, Christian Hervé, Pauline Leroy, Jean-Marc Tourani, René-Jean Bensadoun, Marie-Eve Bugat, Fadila Farsi, Nicolas Jovenin, Moïse Namer, Christophe Tournigand, Sophie Morin, Cloé Brami, Stéphane Oudard, Alexandre Saadi, Ivan Krakowski
PURPOSE: Medical doctors' (MDs), but not patients', perception of supportive care in cancer (SCC) in France has been previously assessed in a national survey. This study evaluated MDs and patients' perceptions of the SCC organization and implementation in France. METHODS: The French SCC Association conducted two observational studies: study 1 (S1), containing a 30-point questionnaire sent to 2263 MDs, and study 2 (S2), containing a 40-point questionnaire sent to 2000 patients...
February 20, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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