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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324205/levels-of-intervention-how-are-they-used-in-quebec-hospitals
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Marjolaine Frenette, Jocelyne Saint-Arnaud, Karim Serri
In order to promote better practices and communication around end-of-life decision-making, several Canadian hospitals in the province of Quebec have developed a tool called "Levels of Intervention" (LOI). No work to date has been published demonstrating improvement since these forms were implemented. The purpose of the present study was to obtain information about the use of LOI forms across Quebec hospitals and to identify gaps in practice as well as areas for improvement. A retrospective study was undertaken of 299 charts of patients who had died in three Quebec hospitals with a LOI ordered...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323724/ebus-stat-subscore-analysis-to-predict-the-efficacy-and-assess-the-validity-of-virtual-reality-simulation-for-ebus-tbna-training-among-experienced-bronchoscopists
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Simone Scarlata, Patrizio Palermo, Piero Candoli, Ariela Tofani, Tommasangelo Petitti, Lorenzo Corbetta
BACKGROUND: Linear endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) represents a pivotal innovation in interventional pulmonology; determining the best approach to guarantee systematic and efficient training is expected to become a main issue in the forthcoming years. Virtual reality simulators have been proposed as potential EBUS-TBNA training instruments, to avoid unskilled beginners practicing directly in real-life settings. A validated and perfected simulation program could be used before allowing beginners to practice on patients...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302739/changing-landscape-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Berto J Bouma, Barbara J M Mulder
Congenital heart disease is the most frequently occurring congenital disorder affecting ≈0.8% of live births. Thanks to great efforts and technical improvements, including the development of cardiopulmonary bypass in the 1950s, large-scale repair in these patients became possible, with subsequent dramatic reduction in morbidity and mortality. The ongoing search for progress and the growing understanding of the cardiovascular system and its pathophysiology refined all aspects of care for these patients. As a consequence, survival further increased over the past decades, and a new group of patients, those who survived congenital heart disease into adulthood, emerged...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301702/space-for-the-prisoner-s-point-of-view
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Laura Haupt
The lead article in this issue discusses a potentially free metaphorical space-that of decision-making-within the confines, tangible and intangible, of life in jail or prison. By interviewing prisoner-participants from six clinical studies, Paul Christopher and colleagues sought to find out how these men and women would answer open-ended questions about their decision to enroll in the research. What the interviewers heard was that none saw themselves as having been inappropriately pressured to do so. In fact, a significant percentage of the prisoners described being dissuaded from participating in the studies...
March 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295138/frequency-and-risk-factors-for-live-discharge-from-hospice
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David Russell, Eli L Diamond, Bonnie Lauder, Ritchell R Dignam, Dawn W Dowding, Timothy R Peng, Holly G Prigerson, Kathryn H Bowles
OBJECTIVES: To report frequencies and associated risk factors for 4 distinct causes of live discharge from hospice. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using electronic medical records of hospice patients who received care from a large urban not-for-profit hospice agency in New York City during a 3-year period between 2013 and 2015 (n = 9,190). RESULTS: Roughly one in five hospice patients were discharged alive (21%; n = 1911). Acute hospitalization was the most frequent reason for live discharge (42% of all live discharges; n = 802)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294576/end-of-life-care-where-do-cancer-patients-want-to-die-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jonas Nilsson, Carl Blomberg, Georg Holgersson, Tobias Carlsson, Michael Bergqvist, Stefan Bergström
The importance to die at preferred death place is substantial among terminally ill cancer patients. Previously, several studies have investigated this issue, but no systematic review has been made for many years. This systematic review was made in order to investigate preferred death place among cancer patients. A systematic search was made in PubMed library and a total of 399 articles were found, of which 23 were eligible and included in the review. Preference of home death averaged by 59.9% (39.7-100%) across all studies...
March 13, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294479/understanding-advance-care-planning-within-the-south-asian-community
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Patricia D Biondo, Rashika Kalia, Rooh-Afza Khan, Nadia Asghar, Cyrene Banerjee, Debbie Boulton, Nancy Marlett, Svetlana Shklarov, Jessica E Simon
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of reflection on and communication of a person's future health-care preferences. Evidence suggests visible minorities engage less in ACP. The South Asian ethnic group is the largest visible minority group in Canada, and information is needed to understand how ACP is perceived and how best to approach ACP within this diverse community. OBJECTIVE: To explore perspectives of South Asian community members towards ACP...
March 10, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291302/psychosocial-group-interventions-to-improve-psychological-well-being-in-adults-living-with-hiv
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REVIEW
Ingrid van der Heijden, Naeemah Abrahams, David Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Being diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and labelled with a chronic, life-threatening, and often stigmatizing disease, can impact on a person's well-being. Psychosocial group interventions aim to improve life-functioning and coping as individuals adjust to the diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effectiveness of psychosocial group interventions for improving the psychological well-being of adults living with HIV/AIDS. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following electronic databases up to 14 March 2016: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) published in the Cochrane Library (Issue 2, 2016), PubMed (MEDLINE) (1996 to 14 March 2016), Embase (1996 to 14 March 2016), and Clinical Trials...
March 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289886/the-pivotal-role-of-small-non-coding-rnas-in-the-regulation-of-seed-development
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REVIEW
Andreia S Rodrigues, Célia M Miguel
Seeds represent a crucial stage of the seed plants life cycle. It is during seed development that the foundations of the future plant body, and the ability to give rise to a new plant capable of growing under sometimes adverse environmental conditions, are established. Small non-coding RNAs are major regulators of gene expression both at the post-transcriptional and transcriptional levels and, not surprisingly, these elements play major roles in seed development and germination. We review here the current knowledge about small RNA expression and functions in seed development, going from the morphogenesis phase comprehending embryo development and patterning, to the several steps of the maturation phase, ending in the transition to the germination...
March 13, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288954/content-usability-and-utilization-of-plain-language-in-breast-cancer-mobile-phone-apps-a-systematic-analysis
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Tamar Ginossar, Sayyed Fawad Ali Shah, Andrew J West, Joshua M Bentley, Charlene A Caburnay, Matthew W Kreuter, Anita Y Kinney
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is one of the leading contributors to preventable illness and death among women. Although mobile phone apps provide unprecedented opportunity to engage women along the cancer continuum, little is known about the availability, content, and usability of breast cancer mobile phone apps. OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the content and adherence to literate design standards of all breast cancer-related apps available on the App Store and Google Play, as well as the relationship between their content, user ratings, and price...
March 13, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280371/evaluation-of-a-sublingual-immunotherapy-solution-in-olive-induced-respiratory-allergy-in-jordan-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Khaled Al-Asad, Sayed Al-Nazer, Anan Al-Faqih, Mohammad Jamil Hashem
BACKGROUND: Olive pollen is an important cause of respiratory allergy in the Middle East. In this study, the clinical characteristics of adults and children with confirmed allergic rhinitis (AR; with or without asthma) in Jordan were described, and the use of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) in a real-life clinical setting was assessed. METHODS: This retrospective observational study evaluated the clinical features of olive-induced allergy and the use of an SLIT solution of standardized extracts toward Ole e 1 given in a pre- and coseasonal scheme with a daily dose of 300 index of reactivity for two consecutive seasons...
2017: Journal of Asthma and Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278559/online-support-groups-for-women-with-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Eilis McCaughan, Kader Parahoo, Irene Hueter, Laurel Northouse, Ian Bradbury
BACKGROUND: Survival rates for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer continue to improve. However, some women may experience physical, psychological and emotional effects post diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. Support groups can provide opportunities for people to share their experiences and learn from others. As the number of online support groups increases, more and more women with breast cancer will likely access them. OBJECTIVES: To assess effects of online support groups on the emotional distress, uncertainty, anxiety, depression and quality of life (QoL) of women with breast cancer...
March 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271120/code-status-reconciliation-to-improve-identification-and-documentation-of-code-status-in-electronic-health-records
#13
Viral G Jain, Peter J Greco, David C Kaelber
BACKGROUND: Code status (CS) of a patient (part of their end-of-life wishes) can be critical information in healthcare delivery, which can change over time, especially at transitions of care. Although electronic health record (EHR) tools exist for medication reconciliation across transitions of care, much less attention is given to CS, and standard EHR tools have not been implemented for CS reconciliation (CSR). Lack of CSR creates significant potential patient safety and quality of life issues...
March 8, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261674/interventions-at-the-end-of-life-a-taxonomy-for-overlapping-consensus
#14
David Clark, Hamilton Inbadas, Ben Colburn, Catriona Forrest, Naomi Richards, Sandy Whitelaw, Shahaduz Zaman
Context: Around the world there is increasing interest in end of life issues. An unprecedented number of people dying in future decades will put new strains on families, communities, services and governments.  It will also have implications for representations of death and dying within society and for the overall orientation of health and social care. What interventions are emerging in the face of these challenges? Methods: We conceptualize a comprehensive taxonomy of interventions, defined as 'organized responses to end of life issues'...
February 2, 2017: Wellcome Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254584/outcomes-and-risk-factors-for-graft-loss-lessons-learned-from-1-056-pediatric-kidney-transplants-at-the-university-of-minnesota
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Srinath Chinnakotla, Priya Verghese, Blanche Chavers, Michelle N Rheault, Varvara Kirchner, Ty Dunn, Clifford Kashtan, Thomas Nevins, Michael Mauer, Timothy Pruett
BACKGROUND: Advances in immunosuppression, surgical techniques, and management of infections in children receiving kidney transplants have impacted outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed a prospectively maintained database of pediatric kidney transplants. RESULTS: From June 1963 through October 2016, we performed 1,056 pediatric kidney transplants. Of these 129 were < 2 years old. The most common indications for transplant were congenital anomalies (dysplastic kidneys), obstructive uropathy and congenital nephrotic syndrome...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252273/long-term-care-end-of-life-issues
#16
Louise W Seiler
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December 27, 2016: Issue Brief of the Health Policy Tracking Service
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251200/toward-practical-application-of-paper-based-microfluidics-for-medical-diagnostics-state-of-the-art-and-challenges
#17
REVIEW
Kentaro Yamada, Hiroyuki Shibata, Koji Suzuki, Daniel Citterio
Microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) have emerged as a promising diagnostic platform a decade ago. In contrast to highly active academic developments, their entry into real-life applications is still very limited. This discrepancy is attributed to the gap between research developments and their practical utility, particularly in the aspects of operational simplicity, long-term stability of devices, and associated equipment. On the basis of these backgrounds, this review attempts to: 1) identify the reasons for success of paper-based devices already in the market, 2) describe the current status and remaining issues of μPADs in terms of operational complexity, signal interpretation approaches, and storage stability, and 3) discuss the possibility of mass production based on established manufacturing technologies...
March 2, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245346/n-acetylcarnosine-nac-drops-for-age-related-cataract
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REVIEW
Vincent Dj-P Dubois, Andrew Bastawrous
BACKGROUND: Cataract is the leading cause of world blindness. The only available treatment for cataract is surgery. Surgery requires highly-trained individuals with expensive operating facilities. Where these are not available, patients go untreated. A form of treatment that did not involve surgery would be a useful alternative for people with symptomatic cataract who are unable or unwilling to undergo surgery. If an eye drop existed that could reverse or even prevent progression of cataract, then this would be a useful additional treatment option...
February 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245168/the-role-of-informal-caregivers-at-the-end-of-life-providing-support-through-advance-care-planning
#19
John Costello
In the palliative phase of a person's illness, the needs of the patient and informal caregivers are paramount. Caregivers often look to palliative care practitioners for support, guidance and emotional comfort. This article reviews the role of the informal caregiver at the end of life, summarising their concerns and needs. The paper also highlights caregiver difficulties in making the coping transition when the patient's medical condition becomes advanced and they require end-of-life care. The focus of the review is placed on discussions about Advanced Care Planning (ACP)...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244350/malnutrition-in-care-homes-should-not-be-overlooked
#20
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In this issue of Nursing Older People we take a detailed look at three important areas of practice: nutritional health, end of life care, and the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Nutrition and, conversely, malnutrition are significant issues for older people.
February 28, 2017: Nursing Older People
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