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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206733/end-of-life-decisions-in-34-slovene-intensive-care-units-a-nationwide-prospective-clinical-study
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Miha Orazem, Urh Groselj, Manca Stojan, Neza Majdic, Gaj Vidmar, Stefan Grosek
BACKGROUND: To determine how end-of-life decisions (EOLD) on limitations of life- sustaining treatment (LST) are made in three different types of intensive care units (ICUs) in Slovenia. METHODS: A national multicenter prospective study among 31 adult and three pediatric/neonatal ICUs (PICUs). The questionnaire form on EOLD was designed to assess the clinical practice. Data were collected between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013. For statistical analysis we used IBM® SPSS® Statistics 20 software package...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191348/pediatric-posttraumatic-endophthalmitis-in-china-for-twenty-years
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REVIEW
Yan Sheng, Wen Sun, Yangshun Gu, Andrzej Grzybowski
Pediatric posttraumatic endophthalmitis (PTE) is a rare but serious disease that frequently has a poor visual prognosis. To date, only a few English studies have focused on this disease. We perform a systematic review of the Chinese literature on pediatric PTE and describe the epidemiology, management, causative organisms, and visual acuity outcomes of reported cases in twenty years. We found that Staphylococcus epidermidis was the most common isolated organism and the use of a disposable syringe needle was the most common cause of ocular injuries in pediatric PTE in China...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186850/the-use-of-dexmedetomidine-in-pediatric-palliative-care-a-preliminary-study
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Jamie Burns, Kevin Jackson, Kathy A Sheehy, Julia C Finkel, Zenaide M Quezado
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of dexmedetomidine infusions in patients with advanced malignancies, advanced heart disease, or after stem cell transplantation (SCT), who during end-of-life care had pain and/or agitation unresponsive to conventional therapies. BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients with intractable advanced malignancies, end-stage congenital heart diseases, or after SCT can suffer a great deal during end of life. Pain, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and worrying are experienced frequently, considered distressing, and are strongly associated with reductions in health-related quality-of-life scores...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186835/preparing-pediatric-healthcare-professionals-for-end-of-life-care-discussions-an-exploratory-study
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Amanda Henderson, Jeanine Young, Anthony Herbert, Natalie Bradford, Lee-Anne Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Preparedness to initiate end-of-life (EoL) discussions is a confronting and daunting task for all healthcare professionals. We conducted a group interview to explore healthcare professionals' experiences of preparing for EoL discussions with the patient and their family in a pediatric context. AIM: To identify what pediatric healthcare professionals consider important when preparing for an EoL discussion. METHODS: A qualitative design using a group interview...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168999/palliative-care-approaches-to-neonates-with-chronic-respiratory-failure
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Nicolas F M Porta
Neonates with chronic respiratory failure have uncertain prognosis and can face significant treatment burden. As the trajectory of the illness becomes more concerning, consultation with a pediatric palliative service should be considered, especially as therapeutic options shift from standard to "innovative." Benefits include as follows: supporting emotionally conflicted providers and parents, maintaining transparency in determination of goals, and balancing medical progress with each individual patient's and family's best interests...
February 3, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156553/are-families-the-barrier-evaluating-attitudes-toward-early-integration-of-palliative-care-in-pediatric-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant
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Justin N Baker
: 112 Background: The benefits of early integration of palliative care (PC) in oncology have been well established yet, there remain significant barriers to PC integration, especially in the setting of pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). HSCT patients are prone to a great degree of treatment related toxicity and are at high risk for morbidity and mortality and, while ideally suited to benefit, inherent factors in this cure oriented field preclude the integration of PC services...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156496/influence-of-early-phase-clinical-trial-enrollment-on-patterns-of-end-of-life-care-for-children-with-advanced-cancer
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Chalinee Monsereenusorn, Clement Ma, Hasan Al-Sayegh, Joanne Wolfe, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
: 151 Background: Early phase clinical trials are critical to enhancing therapies for children with advanced cancer. However, trial enrollment may intensify end-of-life (EOL) care. We evaluated patterns of EOL care for patients at a large cancer center. METHODS: Single-center, retrospective cohort study of pediatric oncology patients, ages 6 months-21 years, who died in 2010-2014. We queried electronic medical records to assess frequencies of medical procedures (e...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144610/pediatric-hepatocellular-carcinoma-challenges-and-solutions
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REVIEW
Irene Schmid, Dietrich von Schweinitz
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a very rare entity in children, making it nearly impossible to orchestrate Phase II/III studies even as multinational cooperative trials. In contrast to adults, nearly 50% of the children have a response (α-fetoprotein decline and/or tumor shrinkage) to chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatin and doxorubicin (PLADO), demonstrating that HCC in childhood can be chemotherapy sensitive. As a result, the main treatment options in pediatric HCC focus on systemic drug therapies and resection as the central therapy...
2017: Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137343/identifying-domains-of-quality-of-life-in-children-with-cancer-undergoing-palliative-care-a-qualitative-study-with-professionals
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Josianne Avoine-Blondin, Véronique Parent, Magali Lahaye, Nago Humbert, Michel Duval, Serge Sultan
OBJECTIVE: The goal of pediatric palliative care (PPC) is to maintain the quality of life (QoL) of children whose lives are threatened. However, there are sparse scientific data on the domains of QoL in this particular context, and no measurement strategies are available. The present study aims to describe the domains of QoL in the context of PPC in oncology, according to the perceptions of professional caregivers. METHOD: Semistructured interviews were conducted with a random sample of 20 professional caregivers from the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine (Montréal, Canada)...
January 31, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131553/-end-of-life-in-specialized-medical-pediatrics-department-a-french-national-survey
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Alice Ravanello, Isabelle Desguerre, Sandra Frache, Philippe Hubert, Daniel Orbach, Régis Aubry
AIMS: In France, most of children die in the hospital. This national survey aimed to achieve better understanding of end-of life care in specialized medical pediatrics departments for children facing the end-of-life, identify the available resources, put forward the difficulties encountered by professionals and describe end-of-life paths of children who died in these departments. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study is based on a nationwide survey conducted among all existing specialized medical pediatrics departments (onco-haematology, neurology, reanimation) in France in 2015...
January 25, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103764/multimodal-pediatric-pain-management-part-2
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Stefan J Friedrichsdorf
Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf speaks to Commissioning Editor Jade Parker: Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, is medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St Paul, MN, USA, home to one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country. The pain and palliative care program is devoted to control acute, chronic/complex and procedural pain for inpatients and outpatients in close collaboration with all pediatric subspecialties at Children's Minnesota...
January 20, 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103457/-congenital-heart-disease-in-children-with-down-syndrome-what-has-changed-in-the-last-three-decades
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Filipa Mestre Dias, Susana Cordeiro, Isabel Menezes, Graça Nogueira, Ana Teixeira, Marta Marques, Miguel Abecasis, Rui Anjos
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of Down syndrome has increased in the last 30 years; 55% of these children have congenital heart disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective longitudinal cohort study; clinical data from 1982 to 2013 databases with the diagnosis of Down syndrome or trisomy 21 in a reference hospital in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery. OBJECTIVE: to assess the progress in the last three decades of cardiological care given to children with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103131/pediatric-palliative-care-needs-assessments-from-paper-forms-to-actionable-patient-care
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Meaghann Shaw Weaver, Denice Schroeder, Christopher Wichman, Sue Bace, Catherine Vail, Andrew Macfadyen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077099/a-prospective-study-on-the-characteristics-and-subjects-of-pediatric-palliative-care-case-management-provided-by-a-hospital-based-palliative-care-team
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Charissa T Jagt-van Kampen, Marijke C Kars, Derk A Colenbrander, Diederik K Bosman, Martha A Grootenhuis, Huib N Caron, Antoinette Y N Schouten-van Meeteren
BACKGROUND: Case management is a subject of interest within pediatric palliative care. Detailed descriptions of the content of this type of case management are lacking. We aim to describe the contents of care provided, utilization of different disciplines, and times of usage of a pediatric palliative care case management program compared for patients with malignant disease (MD) and non-malignant disease (NMD). METHODS: A three-month prospective study, with questionnaires filled in by members of a pediatric palliative care team (PPCT) for each contact with parents...
January 12, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072917/a-provider-based-survey-to-assess-bereavement-care-knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-in-pediatric-oncologists
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Jasmin Jensen, Cindy Weng, Holly L Spraker-Perlman
BACKGROUND: Bereavement support is a core tenet of palliative care that may prove difficult for clinicians as it is time-consuming, emotionally charged, and not emphasized in pediatrics training. This project is intended to describe the opinions, knowledge, and practice of bereavement care among pediatric oncologists to identify gaps in clinical care. PROCEDURES: An internet-based survey instrument was pilot tested, refined, and distributed to pediatric oncologists in the United States...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065197/aligning-guidelines-and-medical-practice-literature-review-on-pediatric-palliative-care-guidelines
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Eva De Clercq, Michael Rost, Nadia Pacurari, Bernice S Elger, Tenzin Wangmo
OBJECTIVE: Palliative care for children is becoming an important subspecialty of healthcare. Although concurrent administration of curative and palliative care is recommended, timely referral to pediatric palliative care (PPC) services remains problematic. This literature review aims to identify barriers and recommendations for proper implementation of palliative care for children through the looking glass of PPC guidelines. METHOD: To identify studies on PPC guidelines, five databases were searched systematically between 1960 and 2015: Scopus, PubMed, PsycINFO, the Web of Science, and CINAHL...
January 9, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062351/training-the-workforce-description-of-a-longitudinal-interdisciplinary-education-and-mentoring-program-in-palliative-care
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Stacie Levine, Sean O'Mahony, Aliza Baron, Aziz Ansari, Catherine Deamant, Joel Frader, Ileana Leyva, Michael Marschke, Michael Preodor
CONTEXT: The rapid increase in demand for palliative care (PC) services has led to concerns regarding workforce shortages and threats to the resiliency of PC teams. OBJECTIVES: To describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of a regional interdisciplinary training program in PC. METHODS: Thirty nurse and physician "fellows" representing 22 health systems across the Chicago region participated in a two-year PC training program...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062335/productivity-in-pediatric-palliative-care-measuring-and-monitoring-an-elusive-metric
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Erica C Kaye, Zachary R Abramson, Jennifer M Snaman, Sarah E Friebert, Justin N Baker
CONTEXT: Workforce productivity is poorly defined in health care. Particularly in the field of pediatric palliative care (PPC), the absence of consensus metrics impedes aggregation and analysis of data to track workforce efficiency and effectiveness. Lack of uniformly measured data also compromises the development of innovative strategies to improve productivity and hinders investigation of the link between productivity and quality of care, which are interrelated but not interchangeable...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060131/nonfunctioning-adrenocortical-carcinoma-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-case-report-of-a-rare-multiple-primaries-combination
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Wafaa M Rashed, Wael Zekri, Madiha Awad, Hala Taha, Badr Abdalla, Ahmad S Alfaar
Childhood adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare tumor and its association with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is even rarer. One such case is discussed in this case report. A 3-year-old patient was concomitantly diagnosed with ALL and an initially nonmetastatic ACC. Management started by following the Total XV protocol without a window phase. Left adrenalectomy was conducted after the consolidation phase. Recurrence of a mass at the tumor bed was discovered at week 33 of the continuation phase. Reexcision was conducted, followed by the administration of an ACC protocol including cisplatin, etoposide, and doxirubicin...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042078/home-based-palliative-care-for-children-with-incurable-cancer-long-term-perspectives-of-and-impact-on-general-practitioners
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Ivana M M van der Geest, Patrick J E Bindels, Saskia M F Pluijm, Erna M C Michiels, Agnes van der Heide, Rob Pieters, Anne-Sophie E Darlington, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink
CONTEXT: Although a large percentage of children with advanced-stage cancer die at home, remarkably little information is available regarding the experience of general practitioners (GPs) with respect to providing home-based palliative care to children with incurable cancer. OBJECTIVES: To explore the perspectives of GPs who care for children with advanced-stage cancer in a home-based setting. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 144 GPs who provided home-based palliative care to 150 children with incurable cancer from 2001 through 2010 were invited to complete a questionnaire addressing their perspectives regarding: 1) symptom management, 2) collaboration with other health care professionals, 3) the child's death and care after death and 4) impact of having provided palliative care, scored on distress thermometer (range 0-10)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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