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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342435/-therapeutic-aggressiveness-and-liquid-oncology
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F J Barón Duarte, M S Rodríguez Calvo, J R Amor Pan
Aggressiveness criteria proposed in the scientific literature a decade ago provide a quality judgment and are a reference in the care of patients with advanced cancer, but their use is not generalized in the evaluation of Oncology Services. In this paper we analyze the therapeutic aggressiveness, according to standard criteria, in 1.001 patients with advanced cancer who died in our Institution between 2010 and 2013. The results seem to show that aggressiveness at the end of life is present more frequently than experts recommend...
January 2017: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339327/raising-public-awareness-of-clinical-trials-development-of-messages-for-a-national-health-communication-campaign
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Holly A Massett, David M Dilts, Robert Bailey, Jennifer Berktold, Rebecca Ledsky, Nancy L Atkinson, Grace Mishkin, Andrea Denicoff, Rose Mary Padberg, Marin P Allen, Karen Silver, Kelli Carrington, Lenora E Johnson
Clinical trials are essential for developing new and effective treatments and improving patient quality of life; however, many trials cannot answer their primary research questions because they fall short of their recruitment goals. This article reports the results of formative research conducted in two populations, the public and primary care physicians, to identify messages that may raise awareness and increase interest in clinical trials and be used in a national communication campaign. Results suggested that participants were primarily motivated to participate in clinical trials out of a self-interest to help themselves first...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334566/improving-communication-with-primary-care-physicians-at-the-time-of-hospital-discharge
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Lauren A Destino, Amy Dixit, Julie L Pantaleoni, Matthew S Wood, Natalie M Pageler, Joe Kim, Terry S Platchek
BACKGROUND: Communication with primary care physicians (PCPs) at the time of a patient's hospital discharge is important to safely transition care to home. The goal of this quality improvement initiative was to increase discharge communication to PCPs at an academic children's hospital. METHODS: A multidisciplinary team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford used Lean A3 problem solving methodology to address the problem of inadequate discharge communication with PCPs...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329829/-end-of-life-care-i-m-not-going-to-worry-about-that-yet-health-literacy-gaps-and-end-of-life-planning-among-elderly-dialysis-patients
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Keren Ladin, Katie Buttafarro, Emily Hahn, Susan Koch-Weser, Daniel E Weiner
Purpose: Between 2000 and 2012, the incident dialysis population in the United States increased by nearly 60%, most sharply among adults 75 years and older. End-of-life (EOL) conversations among dialysis patients are associated with better patient-centered outcomes and lower use of aggressive interventions in the last month of life. This study examined how health literacy may affect engagement, comprehension, and satisfaction with EOL conversations among elderly dialysis patients. Design and Methods: Qualitative/descriptive study with semi-structured interviews about health literacy, EOL conversations, and goals of care with 31 elderly dialysis patients at 2 centers in Boston...
March 10, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329800/characterizing-readiness-for-advance-care-planning-from-the-perspective-of-residents-families-and-clinicians-an-interpretive-descriptive-study-in-supportive-living
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Marta Shaw, Jennifer Hewson, David B Hogan, Shelley Raffin Bouchal, Jessica Simon
Background and Objectives: Advance care planning (ACP) involves reflection on health care preferences and communication of the person's wishes in case of future incapacity. ACP is particularly pertinent in supportive living (SL) as residents are at high risk of cognitive decline and changes in health status, but the readiness of residents, families, and health care practitioners to engage in ACP discussions is not known. The purpose of this study was to explore the readiness among these stakeholders and the factors that influence the degree of readiness...
February 18, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323672/safety-interventions-on-the-labor-and-delivery-unit
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Rachel M Kacmar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review highlights recent advances in efforts to improve patient safety on labor and delivery units and well tolerated care for pregnant patients in general. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies in obstetric patient safety have a broad focus but repetitive themes for interdisciplinary training include: simulating critical events, having open multidisciplinary communication, frequent reviews of cases of maternal morbidity, and implementing maternal early warning systems...
March 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317097/engagement-in-advance-care-planning-and-surrogates-knowledge-of-patients-treatment-goals
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Terri R Fried, Maria Zenoni, Lynne Iannone, John O'Leary, Brenda T Fenton
OBJECTIVES: A key objective of advance care planning (ACP) is improving surrogates' knowledge of patients' treatment goals. Little is known about whether ACP outside of a trial accomplishes this. The objective was to examine patient and surrogate reports of ACP engagement and associations with surrogate knowledge of goals. DESIGN: Cohort study SETTING: Primary care in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. PARTICIPANTS: 350 community-dwelling veterans age ≥55 years and the individual they would choose to make medical decisions on their behalf, interviewed separately...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315531/tools-for-communication-novel-infrastructure-to-address-patient-perceived-gaps-in-oncology-care%C3%A2
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Suzanne McMullen, Shelagh Szabo, Ronald J Halbert, Catherine Lai, Aparna Parikh, Mikele Bunce, Raya Khoury, Art Small, Anthony Masaquel
BACKGROUND: Healthcare providers (HCPs) and patient communication are integral to high-quality oncology care. The patient and HCP perspectives are needed to identify gaps in care and develop communication tools.
. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to understand patient- and HCP-perceived elements of and gaps in high-quality care to develop novel communication tools to improve care. 
. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted among 16 patients with cancer and 10 HCPs in the United States...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315478/improving-palliative-care-through-teamwork-impactt-in-nursing-homes-study-design-and-baseline-findings
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Helena Temkin-Greener, Susan Ladwig, Zhiqiu Ye, Sally A Norton, Dana B Mukamel
BACKGROUND: The 2014 Institute of Medicine report recommended that healthcare providers caring for individuals with advanced illness have basic palliative care competencies in communication, inter-professional collaboration, and symptom management. Nursing homes, where one in three American decedents live and die, have fallen short of these competency goals. We implemented an intervention study to examine the efficacy of nursing home-based integrated palliative care teams in improving the quality of care processes and outcomes for residents at the end of life...
March 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304333/improving-communication-between-physicians-and-their-patients-through-mindfulness-and-compassion-based-strategies-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Alberto Amutio-Kareaga, Javier García-Campayo, Luis Carlos Delgado, Daniel Hermosilla, Cristina Martínez-Taboada
Communication between physicians and patients is a key pillar of psychosocial support for enhancing the healing process of patients and for increasing their well-being and quality of life. Physicians and other health professionals might benefit from interventions that increase their self-care, awareness, compassion, and other-focused concern, and reduce the chances of distress and burnout. There is substantial evidence for the contribution of different management strategies to achieve these aims. The goal of this article is to review the potential effect of mindfulness and compassion-based strategies for the improvement of physician-patient interactions...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304297/information-and-communication-technologies-for-the-activities-of-daily-living-in-older-patients-with-dementia-a-systematic-review
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Grazia D'Onofrio, Daniele Sancarlo, Francesco Ricciardi, Francesco Panza, Davide Seripa, Filippo Cavallo, Francesco Giuliani, Antonio Greco
BACKGROUND: Significant innovations have been introduced in recent years in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support healthcare for patients with dementia. OBJECTIVE: In the present systematic review, our goal is to keep track of ICT concepts and approaches to support the range of activities of daily living for people with dementia and to provide a snapshot of the effect that technology is having on patients' self-reliance...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289305/interprofessional-curbside-consults-to-develop-team-communication-and-improve-student-achievement-of-learning-outcomes
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Jennifer Kirwin, Kristin Curry Greenwood, Janet Rico, Romesh Nalliah, Margarita DiVall
Objective. To design and implement a series of activities focused on developing interprofessional communication skills and to assess the impact of the activities on students' attitudes and achievement of educational goals. Design. Prior to the first pharmacy practice skills laboratory session, pharmacy students listened to a classroom lecture about team communication and viewed short videos describing the roles, responsibilities, and usual work environments of four types of health care professionals. In each of four subsequent laboratory sessions, students interacted with a different standardized health care professional role-played by a pharmacy faculty member who asked them a medication-related question...
February 25, 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288647/providers-of-antenatal-care-services-in-ghana-evidence-from-ghana-demographic-and-health-surveys-1988-2014
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Kwamena Sekyi Dickson, Eugene Kofuor Maafo Darteh, Akwasi Kumi-Kyereme
BACKGROUND: Antenatal care is one of the three most essential care - antenatal, delivery and post-natal, given to women during pregnancy and has the potential to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.1- reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 and target 3.8 - achieve universal health coverage. The main objective is to examine the contribution of the various providers of antenatal care services in Ghana from 1988 to 2014...
March 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283490/implementation-of-goals-of-patient-care-medical-treatment-orders-in-residential-aged-care-facilities-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Ruth S Martin, Barbara J Hayes, Anastasia Hutchinson, Paul Yates, Wen Kwang Lim
INTRODUCTION: Systematic reviews demonstrate that advance care planning (ACP) has many positive effects for residents of aged care facilities, including decreased hospitalisation. The proposed Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) 'Goals of Patient Care' (GOPC) form incorporates a resident's prior advance care plan into medical treatment orders. Where none exists, it captures residents' preferences. This documentation helps guide healthcare decisions made at times of acute clinical deterioration...
March 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282227/an-integrated-framework-for-effective-and-efficient-communication-with-families-in-the-adult-intensive-care-unit
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Jennifer B Seaman, Robert M Arnold, Leslie P Scheunemann, Douglas B White
The increased focus on patient and family-centered care in adult intensive care units (ICUs) has generated multiple platforms for clinician-family communication beyond traditional interdisciplinary family meetings (family meetings)-including family-centered rounds, bedside or telephone updates, and electronic family portals. Some clinicians and administrators are now using these platforms instead of conducting family meetings. For example, some institutions are moving toward using family-centered rounds as the main platform for clinician-family communication, and some physicians rely on brief daily updates to the family at the bedside or by phone, in lieu of family meetings...
March 10, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271462/a-qualitative-study-of-the-barriers-and-opportunities-for-adoption-of-web-portals-for-doctors-and-patients-in-russia
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Georgy Kopanitsa
The use of Web portals has several benefits. They have been proven to enhance communication between patients and health care professionals, allow patients to play a more active role in their own treatment and self-management, increase self-efficiency. Doctors can access patients' medical data and give recommendations to the patients. Some evidence of positive outcomes has been reported including improved clinical indicators and reduced health service use, as well as enhanced feelings of security and increased satisfaction with health and social care services...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262553/global-health-ethics-the-case-of-maternal-and-neonatal-survival
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REVIEW
Frank W J Anderson, Timothy R B Johnson, Raymond de Vries
Through their Sustainable Development Goals the United Nations recognizes the moral significance of health, stating that the elimination of maternal and early neonatal mortality are health outcomes that should be available to all women in the world. Complete prevention requires addition of a skill set for maternal care teams that is a magnitude greater than what we have today. As universities, individuals, institutions and NGO's engage in initiatives to end preventable maternal and neonatal mortality, an expanded context of ethical imperatives becomes increasingly important...
February 10, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261901/discussing-prognosis-and-treatment-goals-with-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-qualitative-analysis-of-oncologists-language
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Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, Lauren M Hamel, Chan L Thai, David Debono, Robert A Chapman, Terrance L Albrecht, Louis A Penner, Susan Eggly
BACKGROUND: The National Academy of Medicine recommends that cancer patients be knowledgeable of their prognosis to enable them to make informed treatment decisions, but research suggests few patients receive this information. OBJECTIVE: This qualitative study describes oncologists' language during discussions of prognosis and treatment goals in clinical interactions with African American patients diagnosed with cancer. DESIGN: We analysed transcripts from video recordings of clinical interactions between patients with Stage III or IV cancer (n=26) and their oncologists (n=9)...
March 5, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249831/negotiating-tensions-between-theory-and-design-in-the-development-of-mailings-for-people-recovering-from-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Holly O Witteman, Justin Presseau, Emily Nicholas Angl, Iffat Jokhio, J D Schwalm, Jeremy M Grimshaw, Beth Bosiak, Madhu K Natarajan, Noah M Ivers
BACKGROUND: Taking all recommended secondary prevention cardiac medications and fully participating in a formal cardiac rehabilitation program significantly reduces mortality and morbidity in the year following a heart attack. However, many people who have had a heart attack stop taking some or all of their recommended medications prematurely and many do not complete a formal cardiac rehabilitation program. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to develop a user-centered, theory-based, scalable intervention of printed educational materials to encourage and support people who have had a heart attack to use recommended secondary prevention cardiac treatments...
March 1, 2017: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248696/the-leadership-case-for-investing-in-continuing-professional-development
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Graham T McMahon
Continuing medical education (CME) has the power and capacity to address many challenges in the health care environment, from clinician well-being to national imperatives for better health, better care, and lower cost. Health care leaders who recognize the strategic value of education and engage their people in education can expect a meaningful return on their investment-not only in terms of the quality and safety of their clinicians' work but also in the spirit and cohesiveness of the clinicians who work at their institution...
February 28, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
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