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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387538/the-voice-of-surrogate-decision-makers-family-responses-to-prognostic-information-in-chronic-critical-illness
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Judith E Nelson, Laura C Hanson, Kristine L Keller, Shannon S Carson, Christopher E Cox, James A Tulsky, Douglas B White, Emily J Chai, Stefanie P Weiss, Marion Danis
RATIONALE: Information from clinicians about the expected course of the patient's illness is relevant and important for decision-making by surrogates for chronically critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation. OBJECTIVE: Observe how surrogates of chronically critically ill patients respond to information about prognosis from palliative care clinicians. METHODS: Qualitative analysis of a consecutive sample of audio-recorded meetings from a larger, multisite, randomized trial of structured informational and supportive meetings led by a palliative care physician and nurse practitioner for surrogates of patients in Medical Intensive Care Units with chronic critical illness (i...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355608/new-wavelet-neurovascular-bundle-for-bedside-evaluation-of-cerebral-autoregulation-and-neurovascular-coupling-in-newborns-with-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Lina F Chalak, Rong Zhang
Neonatal encephalopathy (NE) resulting from birth asphyxia constitutes a major global public health burden for millions of infants every year, and despite therapeutic hypothermia, half of these neonates have poor neurological outcomes. As new neuroprotective interventions are being studied in clinical trials, there is a critical need to establish physiological surrogate markers of therapeutic efficacy, to guide patient selection and/or to modify the therapeutic intervention. The challenge in the field of neonatal brain injury has been the difficulty of clinically discerning NE severity within the short therapeutic window after birth or of analyzing the dynamic aspects of the cerebral circulation in sick NE newborns...
March 30, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322634/end-of-life-decision-support-in-the-icu
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Grant Pignatiello, Ronald L Hickman, Breanna Hetland
Determining effective decision support strategies that enhance quality of end-of-life decision making in the intensive care unit is a research priority. This systematic review identified interventional studies describing the effectiveness of decision support interventions administered to critically ill patients or their surrogate decision makers. We conducted a systematic literature search using PubMed, CINAHL, and Cochrane. Our search returned 121 articles, 22 of which met the inclusion criteria. The search generated studies with significant heterogeneity in the types of interventions evaluated and varied patient and surrogate decision-maker outcomes, which limited the comparability of the studies...
November 1, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
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/28238554/developing-a-set-of-core-outcomes-for-trials-in-hemodialysis-an-international-delphi-survey
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Nicole Evangelidis, Allison Tong, Braden Manns, Brenda Hemmelgarn, David C Wheeler, Peter Tugwell, Sally Crowe, Tess Harris, Wim Van Biesen, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, Benedicte Sautenet, Donal O'Donoghue, Helen Tam-Tham, Sajeda Youssouf, Sreedhar Mandayam, Angela Ju, Carmel Hawley, Carol Pollock, David C Harris, David W Johnson, Dena E Rifkin, Francesca Tentori, John Agar, Kevan R Polkinghorne, Martin Gallagher, Peter G Kerr, Stephen P McDonald, Kirsten Howard, Martin Howell, Jonathan C Craig
BACKGROUND: Survival and quality of life for patients on hemodialysis therapy remain poor despite substantial research efforts. Existing trials often report surrogate outcomes that may not be relevant to patients and clinicians. The aim of this project was to generate a consensus-based prioritized list of core outcomes for trials in hemodialysis. STUDY DESIGN: In a Delphi survey, participants rated the importance of outcomes using a 9-point Likert scale in round 1 and then re-rated outcomes in rounds 2 and 3 after reviewing other respondents' scores...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187812/family-discussions-on-life-sustaining-interventions-in-neurocritical-care
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REVIEW
M M Adil, D Larriviere
Approximately 20% of all deaths in the USA occur in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the majority of ICU deaths involves decision of de-escalation of life-sustaining interventions. Life-sustaining interventions may include intubation and mechanical ventilation, artificial nutrition and hydration, antibiotic treatment, brain surgery, or vasoactive support. Decision making about goals of care can be defined as an end-of-life communication and the decision-making process between a clinician and a patient (or a surrogate decision maker if the patient is incapable) in an institutional setting to establish a plan of care...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008773/radiotherapy-response-evaluation-using-fdg-pet-ct-established-and-emerging-applications
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REVIEW
Helen Cliffe, Chirag Patel, Robin Prestwich, Andrew Scarsbrook
Radiation therapy is a common component of curative cancer treatment. However, there is a significant incidence of treatment failure. In these cases, salvage surgical options are sometimes appropriate. Accurate assessment of response and early recognition of treatment success or failure is therefore critical to guide treatment decisions and impacts on survival and the morbidity of treatment. Traditionally, treatment response has depended upon the anatomical measurement of disease. However, this may not correlate well with the presence of disease, especially after radiotherapy...
March 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001135/a-survey-of-physicians-attitudes-toward-decision-making-authority-for-initiating-and-withdrawing-va-ecmo-results-and-ethical-implications-for-shared-decision-making
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Ellen C Meltzer, Natalia S Ivascu, Meredith Stark, Alexander V Orfanos, Cathleen A Acres, Paul J Christos, Thomas Mangione, Joseph J Fins
OBJECTIVE: Although patients exercise greater autonomy than in the past, and shared decision making is promoted as the preferred model for doctor-patient engagement, tensions still exist in clinical practice about the primary locus of decision-making authority for complex, scarce, and resource-intensive medical therapies: patients and their surrogates, or physicians. We assessed physicians' attitudes toward decisional authority for adult venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO), hypothesizing they would favor a medical locus...
2016: Journal of Clinical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992772/the-role-of-imperfect-surrogate-endpoint-information-in-drug-approval-and-reimbursement-decisions
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Katalin Bognar, John A Romley, Jay P Bae, James Murray, Jacquelyn W Chou, Darius N Lakdawalla
Approval of new drugs is increasingly reliant on "surrogate endpoints," which correlate with but imperfectly predict clinical benefits. Proponents argue surrogate endpoints allow for faster approval, but critics charge they provide inadequate evidence. We develop an economic framework that addresses the value of improvement in the predictive power, or "quality," of surrogate endpoints, and clarifies how quality can influence decisions by regulators, payers, and manufacturers. For example, the framework shows how lower-quality surrogates lead to greater misalignment of incentives between payers and regulators, resulting in more drugs that are approved for use but not covered by payers...
December 11, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872409/complexity-analysis-of-decision-making-in-the-critically-ill
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Barbara J Daly, Sara L Douglas, Elizabeth O'Toole, James Rowbottom, Alan Hoffer, Amy R Lipson, Christopher Burant
RATIONALE: Despite multiple trials of interventions to improve end-of-life care of the critically ill, there is a persistent lack of understanding of factors associated with barriers to decision-making at the end of life. OBJECTIVE: To apply the principles of complexity science in examining the extent to which transitions to end-of-life care can be predicted by physician, family, or patient characteristics; outcome expectations; and the evaluation of treatment effectiveness...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849142/the-experience-of-surrogate-decision-makers-on-being-approached-for-consent-for-patient-participation-in-research-a-multicenter-study
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Karen E A Burns, Clara Juando Prats, Maria Maione, Mary Lanceta, Celia Zubrinich, Lianne Jeffs, Orla M Smith
RATIONALE: Recruitment in critical care research differs from other contexts in important ways: patients lack decision-making capacity, uncertainty exists regarding patient prognosis, and critical illnesses are often associated with appreciable morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to describe the experiences of surrogate decision makers (SDMs) in being approached for consent for critically ill patients to participate in research. METHODS: A multicenter, qualitative study involving semistructured interviews with 26 SDMs, who provided or declined surrogate consent for research participation, at 5 Canadian centers nested within a multicenter observational study of research recruitment practices...
February 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835704/preliminary-identification-of-coping-profiles-relevant-to-surrogate-decision-making-in-the-icu
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Jorie M Butler, Eliotte L Hirshberg, Ramona O Hopkins, Emily L Wilson, James F Orme, Sarah J Beesley, Kathryn Kuttler, Samuel M Brown
OBJECTIVE: The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a stressful environment for families of critically ill patients and these individuals are at risk to develop persistent psychological morbidity. Our study objective was to identify individual differences in coping with stress and information presentation preferences of respondents exposed to a simulated ICU experience. METHODS: Participants were recruited from a university and two community populations. Participants completed questionnaires that measured demographic information and characteristics that may be relevant to an individual's ICU experience...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746210/perspective-and-priorities-for-improvement-of-parathyroid-hormone-pth-measurement-a-view-from-the-ifcc-working-group-for-pth
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Catharine M Sturgeon, Stuart Sprague, Alison Almond, Etienne Cavalier, William D Fraser, Alicia Schimnich-Algeciras, Ravinder Singh, Jean-Claude Souberbielle, Hubert W Vesper
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) measurement in serum or plasma is a necessary tool for the exploration of calcium/phosphorus disorders, and is widely used as a surrogate marker to assess skeletal and mineral disorders associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD), referred to as CKD-bone mineral disorders (CKD-BMD). CKD currently affects >10% of the adult population in the United States and represents a major health issue worldwide. Disturbances in mineral metabolism and fractures in CKD patients are associated with increased morbidity and mortality...
October 13, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632675/opening-the-door-the-experience-of-chronic-critical-illness-in-a-long-term-acute-care-hospital
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Daniela J Lamas, Robert L Owens, R Nicholas Nace, Anthony F Massaro, Nathan J Pertsch, Jonathon Gass, Rachelle E Bernacki, Susan D Block
OBJECTIVE: Chronically critically ill patients have recurrent infections, organ dysfunction, and at least half die within 1 year. They are frequently cared for in long-term acute care hospitals, yet little is known about their experience in this setting. Our objective was to explore the understanding and expectations and goals of these patients and surrogates. DESIGN: We conducted semi-structured interviews with chronically critically ill long-term acute care hospital patients or surrogates...
April 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27566022/molecular-markers-of-prognosis-and-therapeutic-targets-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Sean M Ronnekleiv-Kelly, Richard A Burkhart, Timothy M Pawlik
Metastatic disease ultimately occurs in approximately 50-70% of patients presenting with colorectal cancer. In patients with advanced disease, there is significant variability in individual patient outcomes. To improve understanding of tumor behavior, markers such as KRAS and BRAF mutation status are increasingly utilized. Additionally, newer surrogates of tumor biology, such as telomerase activity and the prevalence of circulating tumor cells and circulating tumor DNA, have generated increasing interest due to clinical potential...
September 2016: Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27525995/defining-futile-and-potentially-inappropriate-interventions-a-policy-statement-from-the-society-of-critical-care-medicine-ethics-committee
#16
Alexander A Kon, Eric K Shepard, Nneka O Sederstrom, Sandra M Swoboda, Mary Faith Marshall, Barbara Birriel, Fred Rincon
OBJECTIVES: The Society of Critical Care Medicine and four other major critical care organizations have endorsed a seven-step process to resolve disagreements about potentially inappropriate treatments. The multiorganization statement (entitled: An official ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM Policy Statement: Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units) provides examples of potentially inappropriate treatments; however, no clear definition is provided...
September 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27380343/effect-of-palliative-care-led-meetings-for-families-of-patients-with-chronic-critical-illness-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#17
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Shannon S Carson, Christopher E Cox, Sylvan Wallenstein, Laura C Hanson, Marion Danis, James A Tulsky, Emily Chai, Judith E Nelson
IMPORTANCE: Family caregivers of patients with chronic critical illness experience significant psychological distress. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether family informational and emotional support meetings led by palliative care clinicians improve family anxiety and depression. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A multicenter randomized clinical trial conducted from October 2010 through November 2014 in 4 medical intensive care units (ICUs). Adult patients (aged ≥21 years) requiring 7 days of mechanical ventilation were randomized and their family surrogate decision makers were enrolled in the study...
July 5, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27380340/strategies-to-support-surrogate-decision-makers-of-patients-with-chronic-critical-illness-the-search-continues
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EDITORIAL
Douglas B White
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 5, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27249513/validation-of-the-family-meeting-behavioral-skills-checklist-an-instrument-to-assess-fellows-communication-skills
#19
Jillian L Gustin, David P Way, Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, Jennifer W McCallister
RATIONALE: Fellows in pulmonary and critical care medicine are required to show competency in facilitating family meetings for critically ill patients. There are many assessment measures available for evaluating physician-patient communication (e.g., the SEGUE Framework [Set the stage, Elicit information, Give information, Understand the patient's perspective, End the encounter]) and some designed for family meetings. However, no validated measure exists that is specifically designed to assess communication skills during family meetings with surrogate decision makers in intensive care settings...
August 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27214700/predicting-outcome-for-intracerebral-hemorrhage-patients-current-tools-and-their-limitations
#20
Stacy Y Chu, David Y Hwang
Accurate outcome prognostication is critical to the management of patients with primary or spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Prognostication may guide the decision to pursue aggressive acute management or to plan proper goals of care for patients who will likely suffer long-term severe disability. In particular, early predictions of poor outcome for ICH patients routinely influence discussions with surrogate decision makers to pursue do-not-resuscitate orders or comfort care, practices that may often be appropriate, but that are at risk for self-fulfilling prophecies...
June 2016: Seminars in Neurology
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