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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441339/still-searching-a-meta-synthesis-of-a-good-death-from-the-bereaved-family-member-perspective
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REVIEW
Kelly E Tenzek, Rachel Depner
The concept of a good death continues to receive attention in end-of-life (EOL) scholarship. We sought to continue this line of inquiry related to a good death by conducting a meta-synthesis of published qualitative research studies that examined a good death from the bereaved family member's perspective. Results of the meta-synthesis included 14 articles with 368 participants. Based on analysis, we present a conceptual model called The Opportunity Model for Presence during the EOL Process. The model is framed in socio-cultural factors, and major themes include EOL process engagement with categories of healthcare participants, communication and practical issues...
April 25, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437370/ethics-guide-recommendations-for-organ-donation-focused-physicians-endorsed-by-the-canadian-medical-association
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Sam D Shemie, Christy Simpson, Jeff Blackmer, Shavaun MacDonald, Sonny Dhanani, Sylvia Torrance, Paul Byrne
Donation physicians are specialists with expertise in organ and tissue donation and have been recognized internationally as a key contributor to improving organ and tissue donation services. Subsequent to a 2011 Canadian Critical Care Society-Canadian Blood Services consultation, the donation physician role has been gradually implemented in Canada. These professionals are generally intensive care unit physicians with an enhanced focus and expertise in organ/tissue donation. They must manage the dual obligation of caring for dying patients and their families while providing and/or improving organ donation services...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437367/-effective-requesting-a-scoping-review-of-the-literature-on-asking-families-to-consent-to-organ-and-tissue-donation
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Jennifer A Chandler, Matthew Connors, Giles Holland, Sam D Shemie
BACKGROUND: Families are often asked to consent to the donation of their deceased relative's organs or tissues. These end-of-life conversations are important because they affect consent rates as well as the psychological impact of the decision for families. This scoping review of the literature on requesting family consent was prepared to support of the development of leading practice recommendations for end-of-life conversations with families of potential donors. A scoping review maps research activity in a field across a range of commentary and empirical study designs but does not attempt meta-synthesis of empirical data or quality assessment...
May 2017: Transplantation
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/28432090/international-variations-in-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-palliative-sedation-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ebun Abarshi, Judith Rietjens, Lenzo Robijn, Augusto Caraceni, Sheila Payne, Luc Deliens, Lieve Van den Block
OBJECTIVES: Palliative sedation is a highly debated medical practice, particularly regarding its proper use in end-of-life care. Worldwide, guidelines are used to standardise care and regulate this practice. In this review, we identify and compare national/regional clinical practice guidelines on palliative sedation against the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) palliative sedation Framework and assess the developmental quality of these guidelines using the Appraisal Guideline Research and Evaluation (AGREE II) instrument...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429629/developing-indicators-of-appropriate-and-inappropriate-end-of-life-care-in-people-with-alzheimer-s-disease-cancer-or-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-for-population-level-administrative-databases-a-rand-ucla-appropriateness-study
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Robrecht De Schreye, Dirk Houttekier, Luc Deliens, Joachim Cohen
BACKGROUND: A substantial amount of aggressive life-prolonging treatments in the final stages of life has been reported for people with progressive life-shortening conditions. Monitoring appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life care is an important public health challenge and requires validated quality indicators. AIM: To develop indicators of appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life care for people with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or Alzheimer's disease, measurable with population-level administrative data...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429459/nitric-oxide-donors-nitrates-l-arginine-or-nitric-oxide-synthase-inhibitors-for-acute-stroke
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REVIEW
Philip Mw Bath, Kailash Krishnan, Jason P Appleton
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) has multiple effects that may be beneficial in acute stroke, including lowering blood pressure, and promoting reperfusion and cytoprotection. Some forms of nitric oxide synthase inhibition (NOS-I) may also be beneficial. However, high concentrations of NO are likely to be toxic to brain tissue. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 1998, and last updated in 2002. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and efficacy of NO donors, L-arginine, and NOS-I in people with acute stroke...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428907/palliative-care-in-huntington-disease-personal-reflections-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Christopher G Tarolli, Amy M Chesire, Kevin M Biglan
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease is a fatal, autosomal dominant, neurodegenerative disorder manifest by the triad of a movement disorder, behavioral disturbances, and dementia. At present, no curative or disease modifying therapies exist for the condition and current treatments are symptomatic. Palliative care is an approach to care that focuses on symptom relief, patient and caregiver support, and end of life care. There is increasing evidence of the benefit of palliative care throughout the course of neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425929/contradictions-and-promise-for-end-of-life-communication-among-family-and-friends-death-over-dinner-conversations
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Andrea Lambert South, Jessica Elton
The free, open-access website called "Let's Get Together and Talk about Death", or Death over Dinner (DoD), provides resources for initiating end-of-life conversations with family and friends by taking the frightening-talking about death-and transforming it into the familiar-a conversation over dinner. This qualitative, descriptive study uses grounded theory and thematic analysis to answer the following research question: How do friend and family groups communicate about death and dying in DoD conversations? To answer this question, 52 dinner groups were recruited and conversations were conducted, which consisted of a facilitator and volunteers...
April 20, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424546/perspectives-of-older-people-living-in-long-term-care-facilities-and-of-their-family-members-toward-advance-care-planning-discussions-a-systematic-review-and-thematic-synthesis
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REVIEW
Veronica Mignani, Francesca Ingravallo, Elena Mariani, Rabih Chattat
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to search and synthesize qualitative studies exploring the perspectives of older people living in long-term care facilities and of their family members about advance care planning (ACP) discussions. METHODS: The enhancing transparency in reporting the synthesis of qualitative research (ENTREQ) framework was used to guide the review and report its results. PubMed, CINAHL, and PsycINFO were searched for studies published between January 2000 and November 2015...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423478/a-qualitative-study-of-community-nurses-decision-making-around-the-anticipatory-prescribing-of-end-of-life-medications
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Ben Bowers, Sarah Redsell
AIMS: To explore community nurses' decision-making processes around the prescribing of anticipatory medications for people who are dying. BACKGROUND: Community nurses frequently initiate the prescribing of anticipatory medications to help control symptoms in those who are dying. However, little is known about their decision-making processes in relation to when they instigate anticipatory prescribing and their discussions with families and General Practitioners. DESIGN: A qualitative interpretive descriptive enquiry...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422561/development-and-feasibility-of-a-structured-goals-of-care-communication-guide
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David B Bekelman, Rachel Johnson-Koenke, Sangeeta C Ahluwalia, Anne M Walling, Jamie Peterson, Rebecca L Sudore
BACKGROUND: Discussing goals of care and advance care planning is beneficial, yet how to best integrate goals of care communication into clinical care remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To develop and determine the feasibility of a structured goals of care communication guide for nurses and social workers. DESIGN/SETTING/SUBJECTS: Developmental study with providers in an academic and Veterans Affairs (VA) health system (n = 42) and subsequent pilot testing with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure (n = 15) and informal caregivers (n = 4) in a VA health system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421681/early-clinical-xenotransplantation-experiences-an-interview-with-thomas-e-starzl-md-phd
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REVIEW
David K C Cooper
Dr Thomas E. Starzl, who died on March 4, 2017, was one of the great pioneers of organ transplantation. He was also a pioneer in the field of xenotransplantation. In 1964, he carried out baboon kidney transplants in six patients with terminal renal disease for whom no living or deceased donor became available; graft survival was for 19-60 days, the grafts being lost largely through continuous complement activation. Between 1966 and 1974, he carried out one ex vivo liver perfusion and three orthotopic liver transplants using chimpanzees as sources of organs; graft survival was for <14 days...
March 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420191/designing-effective-interactions-for-concordance-around-end-of-life-care-decisions-lessons-from-hospice-admission-nurses
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Carey Candrian, Channing Tate, Kirsten Broadfoot, Alexandra Tsantes, Daniel Matlock, Jean Kutner
Near the end of life, hospice care reduces symptom-related distress and hospitalizations while improving caregiving outcomes. However, it takes time for a person to gain a sufficient understanding of hospice and decide to enroll. This decision is influenced by knowledge of hospice and its services, emotion and fear, cultural and religious beliefs, and an individual's acceptance of diagnosis. Hospice admission interactions, a key influence in shaping decisions regarding hospice care, happen particularly late in the illness trajectory and are often complex, unpredictable, and highly variable...
April 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420178/how-older-adults-and-their-families-perceive-family-talk-about-aging-related-eol-issues-a-dialectical-analysis
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Nichole Egbert, Jeffrey T Child, Mei-Chen Lin, Carol Savery, Tammy Bosley
For older adults, approaching end-of-life (EOL) brings unique transitions related to family relationships. Unfortunately, most families greatly underestimate the need to discuss these difficult issues. For example, parents approaching EOL issues often struggle with receiving assistance from others, avoiding family conflict, and maintaining their sense of personhood. In addition, discussions of EOL issues force family members to face their parents' mortality, which can be particularly difficult for adult children to process emotionally...
April 17, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418814/ionizing-radiation-exposure-during-pregnancy-effects-on-postnatal-development-and-life
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Shayenthiran Sreetharan, Christopher Thome, Sujeenthar Tharmalingam, Devon E Jones, Adomas V Kulesza, Neelam Khaper, Simon J Lees, Joanna Y Wilson, Douglas R Boreham, T C Tai
Reliable human data on the effects of prenatal exposure to ionizing radiation are largely based on high-dose exposures. Exposure to low doses may produce effects that are not easily observable at birth, and may persist over the course of the offspring's postnatal life. This is important when considering fetal programing, a phenomenon characterized by changes in offspring phenotype due to a stress experienced in utero. In this review, we briefly summarize the known effects of both high- and low-dose exposure to ionizing radiation during pregnancy in humans...
April 18, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417931/upstreaming-and-normalizing-advance-care-planning-conversations-a-public-health-approach
#17
Maryjo Prince-Paul, Evelina DiFranco
As a society, we simply don't talk about this universal experience called dying and death; in fact, we ignore it until we have to face it. Thus, it is often in a crisis experience when we have to make decisions while we are laden with uncertainty and intense emotions. Sixty percent of people say making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important, yet 56% of them have not held a conversation about its context. Instead of waiting to make end-of-life decisions, let us begin to think about what matters most while we are living, what we value most, and how we translate these values into conversations about what is important...
April 12, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417132/awareness-and-attitudes-of-community-dwelling-individuals-in-singapore-towards-participating-in-advance-care-planning
#18
Qin Xiang Ng, Tricia Zl Kuah, Germaine Jm Loo, Wilbert Hh Ho, Norbert L Wagner, Judy Gk Sng, Grace Mj Yang, Bee Choo Tai
INTRODUCTION: Advance care planning (ACP) is an important aspect of end-of-life care that has been shown to improve patient autonomy in decision-making and reduce stress for surviving family members. Given the rapidly ageing population in Singapore, a greater emphasis on end-of-life care planning is needed. This study therefore sought to examine the awareness and attitudes of the general Singaporean community towards participating in ACP, which are not known hitherto. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 24-item interviewer-administered questionnaire was constructed and administered via door-to-door survey amongst community-dwelling residents living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats across Singapore, selected via a two-stage stratified random sampling...
March 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413929/nurses-interest-in-independently-initiating-end-of-life-conversations-and-palliative-care-consultations-in-a-suburban-community-hospital
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Ambereen K Mehta, Steven Wilks, M Jennifer Cheng, Karen Baker, Ann Berger
BACKGROUND: Patients who receive early palliative care consults have clinical courses and outcomes more consistent with their goals. Nurses have been shown to be advocates for early palliative care involvement and are able to lead advanced care planning discussions. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess whether after a brief educational session, nurses at a suburban, community hospital could demonstrate knowledge of palliative care principles, would want to independently initiate end-of-life conversations with patients and families, and would want to place specialty palliative care consults...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413928/the-oncology-specialist-s-role-in-polst-form-completion
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Austin J Lammers, Dana M Zive, Susan W Tolle, Erik K Fromme
INTRODUCTION: Patients with cancer and oncology professional societies believe that advance care planning is important, but we know little of who actually has this conversation. Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms can help to document these important conversations to ensure patients receive the level of treatment they want. We therefore sought to determine the specialty of those signing POLST forms for patients who died of cancer to better understand who is having this discussion with patients...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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