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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735269/patient-family-agreement-on-values-and-preferences-for-life-sustaining-treatment-results-of-a-multicentre-observational-study
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Amane Abdul-Razzak, Daren K Heyland, Jessica Simon, Sunita Ghosh, Andrew G Day, John J You
OBJECTIVES: To quantify agreement between patients and their family members on their own values and preferences for use or non-use of life-sustaining treatments for the patient. METHODS: Hospitalised patients aged 55 years or older with advanced pulmonary, cardiac, liver disease or metastatic cancer or aged 80 years or older from medical wards at 16 Canadian hospitals and their family members completed a questionnaire including eight items about values related to life-sustaining treatment and a question about preferences for life-sustaining treatments...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733697/perspectives-of-newly-diagnosed-advanced-cancer-patients-receiving-dignity-therapy-during-cancer-treatment
#2
Ann Marie Dose, Lori M Rhudy
PURPOSE: Dignity therapy is a psychosocial intervention that has been used primarily at the end of life to improve quality of life and other patient outcomes, but many individuals are unable to complete it due to health decline and death. The purpose of this study was to identify what individuals with advanced pancreatic or lung cancer with limited life expectancy, undergoing active cancer treatment describe during the dignity therapy intervention as important to them when not immediately facing end of life...
July 21, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733461/should-heart-failure-be-regarded-as-a-terminal-illness-requiring-palliative-care-a-study-of-heart-failure-patients-carers-and-clinicians-understanding-of-heart-failure-prognosis-and-its-management
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Rachel Stocker, Helen Close, Helen Hancock, A Pali S Hungin
OBJECTIVES: Communication and planning for heart failure (HF) care near the end of life is known to be complex. Little is known about how the patient experience of palliative assessment and communication needs change over time, and how this might inform management. Our aim was to explore experiences of giving or receiving a prognosis and advanced palliative care planning (ACP) for those with HF. METHODS: We carried out a longitudinal grounded theory study, employing in-depth interviews with 14 clinicians (primary and secondary care) and observations of clinic and home appointments, followed by a series of interviews with 13 patients with HF and 9 carers...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731821/trust-in-physicians-continuity-and-coordination-of-care-and-quality-of-death-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Jun Hamano, Tatsuya Morita, Sakiko Fukui, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tunetou, Yasuo Shima, Makoto Kobayakawa, Maho Aoyama, Mitsunori Miyashita
BACKGROUND: Provider-centered factors contribute to unexplained variation in the quality of death (QOD). The relationship between healthcare providers (HCPs) and patients, bidirectional communication, and consistency of longitudinal care planning are important provider-centered factors. OBJECTIVE: To explore whether the level of trust in HCPs, the quality of continuity of care, and the level of coordination of care among home HCPs are associated with the QOD for cancer patients dying at home...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727486/association-of-physician-orders-for-life-sustaining-treatment-form-use-with-end-of-life-care-quality-metrics-in-patients-with-cancer
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Sandra L Pedraza, Stacey Culp, Mark Knestrick, Evan Falkenstine, Alvin H Moss
PURPOSE: Many patients with advanced cancer receive aggressive treatment near the end of life. The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form is an innovation that converts patient preferences into medical orders. We compared the end-of-life care of patients with advanced cancer who had completed POLST forms with that of patients who had advance directives (ADs). METHODS: We studied 2,159 West Virginians with ADs and/or POLST forms in the West Virginia e-Directive Registry who died as a result of cancer between January 2011 and February 2016...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719564/the-new-apgar-score-a-checklist-to-enhance-quality-of-life-in-geriatric-patients-with-hip-fracture
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Joseph Bernstein, Sara Weintraub, Eric Hume, Mark D Neuman, Stephen L Kates, Jaimo Ahn
For geriatric patients with hip fractures, the broken bone is the reason for admission, but only part of the overall disease. Indeed, it may be more helpful to consider the patient having geriatric hip fracture syndrome or sustaining a hip attack, as there are many associated medical, social, psychological, and other problems to which attention must be paid. To that end, we have identified a series of 10 steps, collected into a checklist, that can be undertaken for all patients with geriatric hip fracture. In homage to the maxim "we come into the world under the brim of the pelvis and go out through the neck of the femur," we defined our checklist by the acronym APGAR SCORE, named after the classic checklist of the same name used to assess a newborn child...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717769/end-of-life-care-in-latin-america
#7
REVIEW
Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Tania Pastrana, Rossana Ruiz-Mendoza, Alexandra Bukowski, Paul E Goss
Cancer has become a global pandemic with disproportionately higher mortality rates in low- and middle- income countries, where a large fraction of patients present in advanced stages and in need of end-of-life care. Globally, the number of adults needing end-of-life care is greater than 19 million, and up to 78% of these patients are living in low- and middle- income countries. In the Americas alone, more than one million people are in need of end-of-life care, placing an enormous burden on local health systems, which are often unprepared to meet the challenge presented by this complex patient population...
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708342/-admission-to-intensive-care-of-palliative-care-patients-the-stakes-and-factors-influencing-the-decision
#8
Monica Escher, Mathieu Nendaz, Bara Ricou
Palliative care patients have limited prospects of survival and the benefit of intensive care is uncertain. To make a decision there are considerations other than survival probabilities. Patients should receive appropriate care and be spared suffering. End of life in the intensive care unit has an impact on families, who may develop psychological problems or complicated grief. End of life care can be a source of conflicts and cause burnout in health providers. Finally, intensive care is an expensive resource, which must be fairly allocated...
February 1, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708339/-advance-directives-and-advance-care-planning
#9
Petra Vayne-Bossert, Christiane Vailloud, Dominique Ducloux, Caroline Matis, Laurence Déramé
Advance directives (AD) and Advance Care Planning (ACP) are two measures a person may undertake to assure that their treatment preferences will be respected until the end of his / her life. Anticipation is based on an open and honest communication between the patient, the durable medical power of attorney and the health care professionals. ADs and ACPs are based on a person's values and beliefs that are important to his quality of life. ACP is a continuing process, initiated by health care professionals and integrated into the health care plan of a person...
February 1, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705196/better-palliative-care-for-people-with-a-dementia-summary-of-interdisciplinary-workshop-highlighting-current-gaps-and-recommendations-for-future-research
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Siobhán Fox, Carol FitzGerald, Karen Harrison Dening, Kate Irving, W George Kernohan, Adrian Treloar, David Oliver, Suzanne Guerin, Suzanne Timmons
BACKGROUND: Dementia is the most common neurological disorder worldwide and is a life-limiting condition, but very often is not recognised as such. People with dementia, and their carers, have been shown to have palliative care needs equal in extent to those of cancer patients. However, many people with advanced dementia are not routinely being assessed to determine their palliative care needs, and it is not clear why this is so. MAIN BODY: An interdisciplinary workshop on "Palliative Care in Neurodegeneration, with a focus on Dementia", was held in Cork, Ireland, in May 2016...
July 14, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705009/palliative-care-and-advance-care-planning-for-pancreas-and-other-cancers
#11
Rajiv Agarwal, Andrew S Epstein
The principles of palliative care are fundamental to support and treat the physical, mental, and psychosocial health of patients living with pancreatic cancer. In addition to its proven advantages to help manage disease-related symptoms, improve accurate illness understanding, and enhance the quality of life and survival outcomes for patients with advanced disease, the inclusion of palliative care principles (whether by a specialist or by the primary oncology team) with standard oncologic care strengthens timely and quality advance care planning (ACP)...
June 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697736/end-of-life-perceptions-among-physicians-in-intensive-care-units-managed-by-anesthesiologists-in-germany-a-survey-about-structure-current-implementation-and-deficits
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Manfred Weiss, Andrej Michalsen, Anke Toenjes, Franz Porzsolt, Thomas Bein, Marc Theisen, Alexander Brinkmann, Heinrich Groesdonk, Christian Putensen, Friedhelm Bach, Dietrich Henzler
BACKGROUND: Structural aspects and current practice about end-of-life (EOL) decisions in German intensive care units (ICUs) managed by anesthesiologists are unknown. A survey among intensive care anesthesiologists has been conducted to explore current practice, barriers and opinions on EOL decisions in ICU. METHODS: In November 2015, all members of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) and the Association of German Anesthesiologists (BDA) were asked to participate in an online survey to rate the presence or absence and the importance of 50 items...
July 11, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695442/fistula-first-initiative-historical-impact-on-vascular-access-practice-patterns-and-influence-on-future-vascular-access-care
#13
Timmy Lee
The vascular access is the lifeline for the hemodialysis patient. In the United States, the Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative (FFBI) has been influential in improving use of arteriovenous fistulas (AVF) in prevalent hemodialysis patients. Currently, prevalent AVF rates are near the goal of 66% set forth by the original FFBI. However, central venous catheter (CVC) rates remain very high in the United States in patients initiating hemodialysis, nearly exceeding 80%. A new direction of the of the FFBI has focused on strategies to reduce CVC use, and subsequently the FFBI has now been renamed the "Fistula First-Catheter Last Initiative"...
July 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694253/implementing-the-compassion-intervention-a-model-for-integrated-care-for-people-with-advanced-dementia-towards-the-end-of-life-in-nursing-homes-a-naturalistic-feasibility-study
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Kirsten J Moore, Bridget Candy, Sarah Davis, Anna Gola, Jane Harrington, Nuriye Kupeli, Victoria Vickerstaff, Michael King, Gerard Leavey, Irwin Nazareth, Rumana Z Omar, Louise Jones, Elizabeth L Sampson
BACKGROUND: Many people with dementia die in nursing homes, but quality of care may be suboptimal. We developed the theory-driven 'Compassion Intervention' to enhance end-of-life care in advanced dementia. OBJECTIVES: To (1) understand how the Intervention operated in nursing homes in different health economies; (2) collect preliminary outcome data and costs of an interdisciplinary care leader (ICL) to facilitate the Intervention; (3) check the Intervention caused no harm...
July 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693527/social-workers-involvement-in-advance-care-planning-a-systematic-narrative-review
#15
Chong-Wen Wang, Cecilia L W Chan, Amy Y M Chow
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning is a process of discussion that enables competent adults to express their wishes about end-of-life care through periods of decisional incapacity. Although a number of studies have documented social workers' attitudes toward, knowledge about, and involvement in advance care planning, the information is fragmented. The purpose of this review was to provide a narrative synthesis of evidence on social workers' perspectives and experiences regarding implementation of advance care planning...
July 10, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691498/delivering-end-of-life-cancer-care-perspectives-of-providers
#16
Manali I Patel, Vyjeyanthi S Periyakoil, David Moore, Andrea Nevedal, Tumaini R Coker
OBJECTIVES: Persistent gaps in end-of-life cancer care delivery and growing associated expenditures remain imminent US public health issues. The objective of this study was to understand clinical providers' experiences delivering cancer care for patients at the end of life and their perspectives on potential solutions to improve quality of care. METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 75 cancer care providers across the United States. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using constant comparative method of qualitative analysis...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687135/advance-care-planning-within-survivorship-care-plans-for-older-cancer-survivors-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Rónán O'Caoimh, Nicola Cornally, Ronan O'Sullivan, Ruth Hally, Elizabeth Weathers, Amanda H Lavan, Tara Kearns, Alice Coffey, Ciara McGlade, D William Molloy
Advances in the medical treatment of cancer have increased the number of survivors, particularly among older adults, who now represent the majority of these. Survivorship care plans (SCPs) are documents that cancer patients receive summarising their care, usually at the end of treatment but preferably from initial diagnosis. These may increase patient satisfaction and represent an opportunity to initiate preventative strategies and address future care needs. Advance care planning (ACP), incorporating advance healthcare decision-making, including formal written directives, increases satisfaction and end-of-life care...
June 23, 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679812/challenges-in-understanding-and-respecting-patients-preferences
#18
Amber E Barnato
The Institute of Medicine's report on Dying in America called for honoring treatment preferences near the end of life for seriously ill patients. To achieve this objective, the report recommended that patients, their family members, other loved ones, and providers engage in shared decision making about current and future treatment decisions (that is, advance care planning). Yet decision science research suggests that preferences are objectively difficult to specify for complex contingencies and subjectively difficult to specify for unfamiliar choices...
July 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676498/health-and-death-literacy-and-cultural-diversity-insights-from-hospital-employed-interpreters
#19
Barbara Hayes, Anne Marie Fabri, Maria Coperchini, Rafatullah Parkar, Zoe Austin-Crowe
OBJECTIVES: 001225The aim of this qualitative study is to better understand, through the experiences and insights of hospital interpreters, how people from culturally and linguistic diverse (CALD) communities might respond to advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life discussions. METHODS: Hospital interpreters from five Melbourne metropolitan health services were recruited for in-depth semi-structured interviews that explored the question, 'What can be learnt from hospital interpreters about cultural issues related to ACP and end-of-life decision-making?' Thirty-nine interpreters, representing 22 language groups, were interviewed...
July 4, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676293/attitudes-toward-advance-directives-among-patients-and-their-family-members-in-china
#20
Lin Kang, Xiao-Hong Liu, Jing Zhang, Pei-Yan Shan, Jie-Ping Wang, Ping Zhong, Xiao-Hong Du, Yu-Feng Du, Bao-Cheng Yu, Nan Wei, Hui-Ling Lou, Ou Bian, Huai-Hong Chen, Fan Lin, Hong-Lian Zhou, Wen He, Huai-Cong Long, Lu-Rong Hong, Hui Su, Jun-Nan Yang, Yong-Liang Jiang, Ye Shi, Jing Ning, Fang Liang, Zhong Wang, Ting Gong, Ming-Lei Zhu, Xiao-Hong Ning, Zhi-Jun Chen, Liang-Kung Chen
OBJECTIVES: Chinese people are generally unfamiliar with the concept of advance care planning or advance directives (ACP/ADs), which raises dilemmas in life-support choice and can even affect clinical decision making. To understand and address the issues involved better, we investigated the awareness of ACP/ADs in China, as well as people's attitudes toward medical autonomy and end-of-life care. DESIGN: A multicenter cross-sectional survey, conducted from August 1 to December 31, 2016...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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