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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
Elizabeth A Evans, Elizabeth Perkins, Pam Clarke, Alina Haines, Ashley Baldwin, Richard Whittington
OBJECTIVE: To determine how care home managers negotiate the conflict between maintaining a safe environment while enabling the autonomy of residents with dementia. This is important because there is limited research with care home managers; yet, they are key agents in the implementation of national policies. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 managers from care homes offering dementia care in the Northwest of England. Data were analysed using a thematic analysis approach...
October 21, 2016: Aging & Mental Health
N Platz Batista da Silva, M Schauer, M Hornung, S Lang, L P Beyer, I Wiesinger, C Stroszczynski, E M Jung
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of strain elastography (SE) using semi-quantitative measurement methods compared to constrast enhanced ultrasound during liver tumor surgery (Io-CEUS) for dignity assessment of focal liver lesions(FLL). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective data acquisition and retrospective analysis of US data of 100 patients (116 lesions) who underwent liver tumor surgery between 10/2010 and 03/2016. Retrospective reading of SE color patterns was performed establishing groups depending on dominant color (>50% blue = stiff, inhomogenous, >50% yellow/red/green = soft tissue)...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Miriam Ethel Bentwich, Nomy Dickman, Amitai Oberman
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether gaps exist between caretakers from different ethno-cultural groups (Israeli-born Jews [Sabras], Israeli Arabs [Arabs], and migrants from Russia [Russians]) regarding their perceptions of autonomy and human dignity of patients with dementia. DESIGN: A mixed-methods research scheme was used, comprised of qualitative and quantitative methods, utilizing semi-structured interviews and self-reported questionnaires. Twenty formal caretakers participated in the qualitative portion, and approximately 200 caretakers were included in the quantitative portion...
October 21, 2016: Ethnicity & Health
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
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October 19, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Sebastian Schnellbacher, Heather O'Mara
Malingering is the intentional fabrication of medical symptoms for the purpose of external gain. Along similar lines as malingering, factitious disorder is the intentional creation or exaggeration of symptoms, but without intent for a concrete benefit. The incidence of malingering and factitious disorder in the military is unclear, but likely under reported for a variety of reasons. One should be aware of potential red flags suggesting malingering or factitious disorder and consider further evaluation to look for these conditions...
November 2016: Current Psychiatry Reports
Samuel R Friedman, Enrique R Pouget, Milagros Sandoval, Diana Rossi, Pedro Mateu-Gelabert, Georgios K Nikolopoulos, John A Schneider, Pavlo Smyrnov, Ron D Stall
Attacks on peoples' dignity help to produce and maintain stigmatization and interpersonal hostility. As part of an effort to develop innovative measures of possible pathways between structural interventions or socially-disruptive Big Events and HIV outbreaks, we developed items to measure dignity denial. These measures were administered to 300 people who inject drugs (PWID), 260 high-risk heterosexuals who do not inject drugs, and 191 men who have sex with men who do not inject drugs (MSM). All of the PWID and many of the high risk heterosexuals and MSM were referred to our study in 2012-2015 by a large New York city study that used respondent-driven sampling; the others were recruited by chain-referral...
October 17, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
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Designed by nurses, bright-decorated family support rooms on wards for older people have helped offer dignity and compassion for vulnerable patients and those at the end of life. See the video at
September 14, 2016: Nursing Standard
Franca Benini, Roberta Vecchi, Pierina Lazzarin, Momcilo Jankovic, Luciano Orsi, Luca Manfredini, Paola Drigo, Valentina Sellaroli, Michele Gangemi, Marco Spizzichino, Marcello Orzalesi
PURPOSE: The death of a child is a devastating and tragic event for all those involved. This charter aims to help healthcare workers and people assisting terminally ill children to recognize some important rights of the child, with some related suggestions. We consider it important to have a trace of this process, based on the skillfulness of long-lasting experts. METHODS: In September 2012, a group of professionals working with children affected by incurable illness in Italy launched a project to formulate the charter...
October 8, 2016: Tumori
Puja Dudeja, Apoorva Sindhu, Pooja Shankar, Tukaram Gadekar
INTRODUCTION: Reproductive health of adolescent girls is crucial as it determines the health of future generations. School girls when experiencing menarche find themselves in a setting without water, toilets or a supportive female teacher to explain the changes happening in their body. An important concern for adolescent girls is to have adequate, correct knowledge along with facilities and the cultural environment to manage menstruation hygienically and with dignity. Hence, the present study was done to assess knowledge and practices about menstruation in adolescent school girls of an urban slum...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Jennifer B Seaman, Amber E Barnato, Susan M Sereika, Mary Beth Happ, Judith A Erlen
OBJECTIVE: Describe patterns of palliative care service consultation among a sample of ICU patients at high risk of dying. BACKGROUND: Patients receiving mechanical ventilation (MV) face threats to comfort, social connectedness and dignity due to pain, heavy sedation and physical restraint. Palliative care consultation services may mitigate poor outcomes. METHODS: From a dataset of 1440 ICU patients with ≥2 days of MV and ≥12 h of sustained wakefulness, we identified those at high risk of dying and/or who died and assessed patterns of sub-specialty palliative care consultation...
October 4, 2016: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
Gillian M Johnson, Rebekah Little, Anke Staufenberg, Angus McDonald, Karen G M Taylor
BACKGROUND: Research to date has focused on dignity within the hospital rather than outpatient settings which is likely to raise different issues from the patients' perspective. PURPOSE: To investigate patients' views relating to draping and dignity and their choice of dressing options in the physiotherapy outpatient setting. METHOD: A custom-designed questionnaire was developed including feedback from a focus group of 10 individuals attending a physiotherapy outpatient clinic...
August 31, 2016: Manual Therapy
Yaming Li, Jianhui Li
Death with dignity is a significant issue in modern bioethics. In modern healthcare, the wide use of new technologies at the end of life has caused heated debate on how to protect human dignity. The key point of contention lies in the different understandings of human dignity and the dignity of death. Human dignity has never been a clear concept in Western ethical explorations, and the dignity of death has given rise to more confusions. Although there is no such term as "dignity" in Confucian ethics, there are discussions of a number of ideas related to human dignity and the dignity of death...
October 5, 2016: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Mabel L Rice
Future perspectives on children with language impairments are framed from what is known about children with specific language impairment (SLI). A summary of the current state of services is followed by discussion of how these children can be overlooked and misunderstood and consideration of why it is so hard for some children to acquire language when it is effortless for most children. Genetic influences are highlighted, with the suggestion that nature plus nurture should be considered in present as well as future intervention approaches...
November 2016: Seminars in Speech and Language
Lily Yarney, Thomas Buabeng, Diana Baidoo, Justice Nyigmah Bawole
BACKGROUND: Health is a basic human right necessary for the exercise of other human rights. Every human being is, therefore, entitled to the highest possible standard of health necessary to living a life of dignity. Establishment of patients' Charter is a step towards protecting the rights and responsibilities of patients, but violation of patients' rights is common in healthcare institutions, especially in the developing world. This study which was conducted between May 2013 and May 2014, assessed the operationalization of Ghana's Patients Charter in a peri-urban public hospital...
April 23, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Hossein Bagheri, Farideh Yaghmaei, Tahereh Ashktorab, Farid Zayeri
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a major growing problem and affects not only patients but also their families and community networks and reduces the functional capacity of patients and impairs their social life. RESEARCH QUESTIONS: This study was conducted to investigate relationship between illness-related worries and social dignity in patients with heart failure. DESIGN: The study had a descriptive-analytic design, and data collection was carried out by means of two specific questionnaires...
September 30, 2016: Nursing Ethics
Eylem Pasli Gurdogan, Duygu Kurt, Berna Aksoy, Ezgi Kınıcı, Ayla Şen
Spiritual care is vital for holistic care and dying with dignity. The aim of this study was to determine nurses' perceptions of spiritual care and their attitudes toward dying with dignity. This study conducted with 289 nurses working at a public hospital. Results showed three things. First, spiritual care perceptions and attitudes toward dying with dignity were more positive in female participants than in male participants. Second, there was a correlation between participants' education levels and their perceptions of spiritual care...
September 29, 2016: Death Studies
Denise J Campbell, Jonathan C Craig, David W Mudge, Fiona G Brown, Germaine Wong, Allison Tong
♦ Background: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is recommended for adults with residual kidney function and without significant comorbidities. However, peritonitis is a serious and common complication that is associated with hospitalization, pain, catheter loss, and death. This study aims to describe the beliefs, needs, and experiences of PD patients about peritonitis, to inform the training, support, and care of these patients. ♦ Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 29 patients from 3 renal units in Australia who had previous or current experience of PD...
September 28, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Hannah Mafo Degge, Mark Hayter, Mary Laurenson
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To review literature on the experiences of women with obstetric fistula, their lived experiences after treatment; and to provide evidence for future research. BACKGROUND: Obstetric fistula is an injury most commonly resulting from a prolonged labour. Long eradicated in developed countries, obstetric fistula remains a public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. This is a highly stigmatised health condition, and an understanding of the women's experience is required to inform holistic approaches for care and prevention...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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