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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804862/oncological-patients-in-the-intensive-care-unit-prognosis-decision-making-therapies-and-end-of-life-care
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Ewelina Biskup, Fengfeng Cai, Marcus Vetter, Stephan Marsch
The effectiveness of intensive care unit (ICU) care for cancer patients remains controversial. Advances in antitumour and supportive care led to major improvements in outcomes of oncological patients in the ICU. Improved cancer therapies and supportive management of organ dysfunctions have contributed to improved survival rates. As a consequence, the number of cancer patients requiring ICU admission is rising. Frequently, cancer patients have a poor performance status and are vulnerable. It is a heterogeneous population, where the nature and curability of the neoplasm and the severity of critical illness cause a plethora of issues about ICU admissions...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803353/palliative-care-in-ovarian-carcinoma-patients-a-personalized-approach-of-a-team-work-a-review
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REVIEW
Yakir Segev, Lior Segev, Meirav Schmidt, Ron Auslender, Ofer Lavie
Most ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed in an advanced stage; and after the initial treatment experience disease recurrence, which eventually becomes palliative. Many questions arise in this setting including how to address patients in the palliative setting, how to discuss end-of-life issues, and how to manage symptoms. In this review, we discuss the timing and setting of end-of-life discussion in the context of end-stage ovarian cancer. We review the approach to relieving disease burden by improving and decreasing symptoms...
August 12, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802638/spiritual-perspectives-of-emergency-medicine-doctors-and-nurses-in-caring-for-end-of-life-patients-a-mixed-method-study
#3
Yingting Zhang, Rakhee Yash Pal, Wai San Wilson Tam, Alice Lee, Mabel Ong, Lay Hwa Tiew
BACKGROUND: End-of-life care is becoming more prevalent in the Emergency Department. Quality end-of-life care includes spiritual support. As spirituality is a relatively vague concept, understanding healthcare professionals' spiritual perspectives is important. AIMS: To explore the perspectives of Emergency Department doctors and nurses in (i) spirituality, (ii) spiritual care domain in end-of-life care and (iii) factors influencing spiritual care provision in the Emergency Department...
August 9, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799821/a-review-of-palliative-and-hospice-care-in-the-context-of-islam-dying-with-faith-and-family
#4
Maximiliano Mendieta, Robert W Buckingham
BACKGROUND: By starting to understand Muslim culture, we can seek common ground with Islamic culture within the American experience and bridge opportunities for better palliative and hospice care here and in Middle Eastern countries. The United States, Canada, and Europe are education hubs for Middle Eastern students, creating an opportunity for the palliative and hospice care philosophy to gain access by proxy to populations of terminally ill patients who can benefit from end-of-life care...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796716/an-intensive-simulation-based-communication-course-for-pediatric-critical-care-medicine-fellows
#5
Erin M Johnson, Melinda F Hamilton, R Scott Watson, Rene Claxton, Michael Barnett, Ann E Thompson, Robert Arnold
OBJECTIVE: Effective communication among providers, families, and patients is essential in critical care but is often inadequate in the PICU. To address the lack of communication education pediatric critical care medicine fellows receive, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh PICU developed a simulation-based communication course, Pediatric Critical Care Communication course. Pediatric critical care medicine trainees have limited prior training in communication and will have increased confidence in their communication skills after participating in the Pediatric Critical Care Communication course...
August 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791603/development-and-evaluation-of-the-quality-of-life-for-obesity-surgery-qolos-questionnaire
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Astrid Müller, Ross D Crosby, Janine Selle, Alexandra Osterhus, Hinrich Köhler, Julian W Mall, Thorsten Meyer, Martina de Zwaan
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Even though health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is considered an important component of bariatric surgery outcome, there is a lack of HRQOL measures relevant for preoperative and postoperative patients. The objective of the current study was to develop a new instrument assessing HRQOL prior to and following bariatric surgery, entitled Quality of Life for Obesity Surgery (QOLOS) Questionnaire. METHODS: Topics for the QOLOS were initially generated via open-ended interviews and focus groups with 19 postoperative bariatric surgery patients...
August 8, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782376/end-of-life-conversation-game-increases-confidence-for-having-end-of-life-conversations-for-chaplains-in-training
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Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, Elizabeth Watson-Martin, Tiffany A Bohr, Benjamin H Levi, Michael J Green
CONTEXT: Discussing end-of-life issues with patients is an essential role for chaplains. Few tools are available to help chaplains-in-training develop end-of-life communication skills. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine whether playing an end-of-life conversation game increases the confidence for chaplain-in-trainings to discuss end-of-life issues with patients. METHODS: We used a convergent mixed methods design. Chaplains-in-training played the end-of-life conversation game twice over 2 weeks...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775217/end-of-life-services-for-older-people-in-residential-care-homes-in-hong-kong
#8
REVIEW
J K Luk
Good end-of-life care is needed for older people living in residential care homes with advanced irreversible chronic medical illnesses and cancers. At present, the usual practice of residential care homes is to send older residents to acute hospitals when they are unwell, and some residents will die in hospital. Dying in hospital without choice for older people may not be in alignment with the principle of 'good death'. There are many barriers for older people to die in the place of their choice, particularly in a residential care home...
August 4, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774212/extending-the-comfort-zone-building-resilience-in-older-people-with-long-term-conditions
#9
Mark Robinson, Esmée Hanna, Gary Raine, Steve Robertson
This article examines how a 6-week mental health resilience course for people with long-term conditions (LTCs; diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis) increased perceived resilience of older participants. This article examines how peer support assisted participants to develop resilience, considers gender issues, examines the importance of course activities, and explores how resilience enhances quality of life. A mixed methods approach was used. A before-and-after questionnaire was administered 3 times, including 3-month follow-up...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768679/supporting-family-carers-in-home-based-end-of-life-care-using-participatory-action-research-to-develop-a-training-programme-for-support-workers-and-volunteers
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Glenys Caswell, Beth Hardy, Gail Ewing, Sheila Kennedy, Jane Seymour
BACKGROUND: Family carers are crucial in enabling dying people to stay at home, but are often not prepared for their caring role, receiving little support from formal health and social care services. It is increasingly likely that any help or support family carers receive will be provided by a third sector organisation on either a voluntary basis or by untrained carer support workers. OBJECTIVES: To produce a training programme designed to equip carer support workers and volunteers with the basic skills and knowledge needed to support family carers...
August 2, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759701/pharmacological-interventions-for-preventing-dry-mouth-and-salivary-gland-dysfunction-following-radiotherapy
#11
REVIEW
Philip Riley, Anne-Marie Glenny, Fang Hua, Helen V Worthington
BACKGROUND: Salivary gland dysfunction is an 'umbrella' term for the presence of either xerostomia (subjective sensation of dryness), or salivary gland hypofunction (reduction in saliva production). It is a predictable side effect of radiotherapy to the head and neck region, and is associated with a significant impairment of quality of life. A wide range of pharmacological interventions, with varying mechanisms of action, have been used for the prevention of radiation-induced salivary gland dysfunction...
July 31, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754050/palliative-care-covers-more-than-end-of-life-issues-why-is-this-not-common-practice-in-dementia-care-and-what-are-the-implications
#12
Dianne Gove, Ana Diaz-Ponce, Jean Georges
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754014/through-the-patients-eyes-the-experience-of-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-concerning-the-provided-nursing-care
#13
Areti Stavropoulou, Maria G Grammatikopoulou, Michail Rovithis, Konstantina Kyriakidi, Andriani Pylarinou, Anastasia G Markaki
Chronic kidney disease is a condition that affects both the physical and mental abilities of patients. Nursing care is of pivotal importance, in particular when end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are concerned, since the quality of the provided care may severely influence the patient's quality of life. This is why it is important to explore patient experiences concerning the rendered care. However, limited up-to-date studies have addressed this issue. The aim of the present study was to stress the experiences of ESRD patients concerning the provided nursing care in the hemodialysis unit at the University Hospital in Heraklion, Crete...
July 21, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748743/community-based-game-intervention-to-improve-south-asian-indian-americans-engagement-with-advanced-care-planning
#14
Kavita Radhakrishnan, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, Regina Jillapalli, Shubhada Saxena, Miyong T Kim
OBJECTIVE: Advance care planning (ACP) allows individuals to express their preferences for medical treatment in the event that they become incapable of making their own decisions. This study assessed the efficacy of a conversation game intervention for increasing South Asian Indian Americans' (SAIAs') engagement in ACP behaviors as well as the game's acceptability and cultural appropriateness among SAIAs. DESIGN: Eligible community-dwelling SAIAs were recruited at SAIA cultural events held in central Texas during the summer of 2016...
July 27, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748741/nursing-student-attitudes-toward-euthanasia-a-cross-sectional-study
#15
Kazem Hosseinzadeh, Hossein Rafiei
BACKGROUND: Euthanasia is among the most common and controversial end-of-life care issues. Examining the attitudes of nursing students to this issue is important because they may well encounter these issues during the course of their clinical placements. Research aims: This study aims to examine the attitudes of a sample of Iranian nursing students towards euthanasia. RESEARCH DESIGN: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study. Participants and research context: Using convenience sampling, 382 Muslim nursing students were enrolled in this study...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748575/kidney-transplantation-in-ghana-is-the-public-ready
#16
Vincent Boima, Vincent Ganu, Dzifa Dey, Ernest Yorke, Alfred Yawson, Yvonne Otchere, Stella Nartey, Anna Gyaban-Mensah, Margaret Lartey, C Charles Mate-Kole
BACKGROUND: The burden of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is reported to be higher among people of African ancestry. Majority do not have access to kidney transplantation. Africans in general, are less likely to donate a kidney or receive a transplant. AIMS: The present study surveyed public perceptions of kidney transplantation in an inner city and suburban communities in Ghana. It examined people's willingness to either accept or donate a kidney to save a life...
July 27, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747096/preliminary-description-of-aging-cats-and-dogs-presented-to-a-new-zealand-first-opinion-veterinary-clinic-at-end-of-life
#17
M C Gates, H J Hinds, A Dale
AIMS: To conduct a preliminary investigation into the chronic disease conditions and clinical signs present in aging New Zealand companion animals at end-of-life and to describe the timing, circumstances, and manner of death. METHODS: The medical records database of a first opinion, companion animal, veterinary practice in Auckland, New Zealand was searched to identify all canine and feline patients ≥7 years of age that were subjected to euthanasia and/or cremated in the period between July 2012-June 2014...
July 26, 2017: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745257/-deciding-on-surgery-for-acute-subdural-haematoma-does-a-neurosurgeon-rather-fill-nursing-homes-or-cemeteries
#18
P van Eijsden
Acute subdural haematoma is a life-threatening condition that can sometimes be mitigated by decompressive craniotomy. However, it can also increase misery when patients survive but are left with severe disabilities. A recent publication shows that neurosurgeons in Belgium and the Netherlands vary considerably in their opinion regarding if, and when, to perform this surgery. This may be due to the fact that this type of intervention asks the question whether the life saved is more favourable than the death averted...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736789/spiritual-distress-and-spiritual-care-in-advanced-heart-failure
#19
REVIEW
Ronald Gillilan, Sameena Qawi, Audrey J Weymiller, Christina Puchalski
As patients face serious and chronic illness, they are confronted with the realities of dying. Spiritual and existential issues are particularly prominent near the end of life and can result in significant distress. It is critical that healthcare professionals know how to address patients' and families' spiritual concerns, diagnose spiritual distress and attend to the deep suffering of patients in a way that can result in a better quality of life for patients and families. Tools such as the FICA spiritual history tool help clinicians invite patients and families to share their spiritual or existential concerns as well as sources of hope and meaning which can help them cope better with their illness...
July 24, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733796/beyond-integrating-social-sciences-reflecting-on-the-place-of-life-sciences-in-empirical-bioethics-methodologies
#20
Marcel Mertz, Jan Schildmann
Empirical bioethics is commonly understood as integrating empirical research with normative-ethical research in order to address an ethical issue. Methodological analyses in empirical bioethics mainly focus on the integration of socio-empirical sciences (e.g. sociology or psychology) and normative ethics. But while there are numerous multidisciplinary research projects combining life sciences and normative ethics, there is few explicit methodological reflection on how to integrate both fields, or about the goals and rationales of such interdisciplinary cooperation...
July 21, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
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