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Primary palliative care

Pierre Cornillon, Sébastien Loiseau, Bruno Aublet-Cuvelier, Virginie Guastella
BACKGROUND: Patients under palliative care and in hospital-at-home services are frequently transferred to emergency departments. We set out to identify the reasons for these presentations to determine the proportion that might be avoidable. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study by assessment of patient files. We studied admissions to four emergency departments in an area of France (Puy-de-Dôme) between September 2011 and August 2013. Reasons for transfer and diagnostic conclusion by emergency doctors were noted...
October 21, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
Stephen R Connor, Julia Downing, Joan Marston
CONTEXT: The need for children's palliative care (CPC) globally is unknown. In order to understand the scope of the need and to advocate to meet it, more accurate estimates are needed. OBJECTIVES: To create an accurate global estimate of the worldwide need for CPC based on a representative sample of countries from all regions of the world and all World Bank income groups. METHODS: This work builds on previously published methods developed by the International Children's Palliative Care Network, UNICEF, and WHO and tested in three African countries...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Steffen T Simon, Irene J Higginson, Sara Booth, Richard Harding, Vera Weingärtner, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in Issue 1, 2010, on 'Benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults'. Breathlessness is one of the most common symptoms experienced in the advanced stages of malignant and non-malignant disease. Benzodiazepines are widely used for the relief of breathlessness in advanced diseases and are regularly recommended in the literature. At the time of the previously published Cochrane review, there was no evidence for a beneficial effect of benzodiazepines for the relief of breathlessness in people with advanced cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
October 20, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Tatsuya Morita, Kengo Imai, Naosuke Yokomichi, Masanori Mori, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto
Continuous deep sedation until death (CDS) is a type of palliative sedation therapy, and it has recently become a focus of intense debate. Marked inconsistencies in intervention procedures (i.e., what is CDS?) and unstandardized descriptions of patient backgrounds lead to difficulty in comparing the results in the literature. The primary aim of this paper was to propose a conceptual framework to perform empirical studies on CDS. We propose the definition of CDS using the intervention protocol. As there are two types of CDS proposed in world-wide literature, we recommend to prepare two types of intervention protocol for CDS: "continuous deep sedation as a result of proportional sedation" (gradual CDS), and "continuous deep sedation to rapidly induce unconsciousness" (rapid CDS)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Wsam A Ghandourh
Advanced cancer patients commonly have misunderstandings about the intentions of treatment and their overall prognosis. Several studies have shown that large numbers of patients receiving palliative radiation or chemotherapy hold unrealistic hopes of their cancer being cured by such therapies, which can affect their ability to make well-informed decisions about treatment options. This review aimed to explore this discrepancy between patients' and physicians' expectations by investigating three primary issues: (1) the factors associated with patients developing unrealistic expectations; (2) the implications of having unrealistic hopes and the effects of raising patients' awareness about prognosis; and (3) patients' and caregivers' perspective on disclosure and their preferences for communication styles...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Jennifer B Seaman, Amber E Barnato, Susan M Sereika, Mary Beth Happ, Judith A Erlen
OBJECTIVE: Describe patterns of palliative care service consultation among a sample of ICU patients at high risk of dying. BACKGROUND: Patients receiving mechanical ventilation (MV) face threats to comfort, social connectedness and dignity due to pain, heavy sedation and physical restraint. Palliative care consultation services may mitigate poor outcomes. METHODS: From a dataset of 1440 ICU patients with ≥2 days of MV and ≥12 h of sustained wakefulness, we identified those at high risk of dying and/or who died and assessed patterns of sub-specialty palliative care consultation...
October 4, 2016: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
Eva Katharina Masel, Sophie Schur, Romina Nemecek, Michael Mayrhofer, Patrick Huber, Feroniki Adamidis, Bruno Maehr, Matthias Unseld, Herbert Hans Watzke, Robert Pirker
OBJECTIVE: Palliative care plays a crucial role in the overall management of patients with advanced lung cancer and was shown to lead to clinically meaningful improvement in quality of life, less aggressive endof-life care, and potentially prolonged survival. Here we summarize our single institution experience on palliative care in patients with lung cancer. METHODS: The data of patients with lung cancer treated at the palliative care unit of the Medical University of Vienna between June 2010 and March 2013 were retrospectively reviewed...
September 1, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
William B Weeks, Bruno Ventelou, Marc Karim Bendiane
OBJECTIVE: Recently, French policymakers have tried to improve care at the end-of-life, by improving access to community-based palliative care, particularly for patients with cancer and neurological diseases. If effective, these efforts should reduce the proportion of such patients who die in the hospital. In light of these policies, we sought to determine the effectiveness of these efforts on reducing inpatient deaths by conducting a retrospective, observational analysis of patients aged 65 and older who were admitted to hospitals in France between 2010 and 2013 for 1 of 3 non-surgical conditions...
September 5, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
Philip G Richardson, Jaimi Greenslade, Jonathon Isoardi, Michael Davey, Mark Gillett, Alicia Tucker, Sharon Klim, Anne-Maree Kelly, Ibrahim Abdelmahmoud
OBJECTIVE: We investigated and compared the importance of the considerations and discussions when withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining healthcare between emergency physicians (EP) and emergency registrars (ER). METHODS: This was a sub-study of a prospective cross-sectional questionnaire-based case series conducted in six EDs. Primary outcomes were, which of the discussion and considerations, were rated most important by EP and ER in the decision-making process...
October 4, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Stacy Mathew, Carol Chamberlain, Kristin S Alvarez, Carlos A Alvarez, Monal Shah
Background: Pain is a major health problem affecting more than 15% of adults in the United States. In a multidisciplinary pain management team, pharmacists can optimize pharmacotherapy quality by ensuring safe and appropriate medication use. Objective: Assess the impact of a pharmacy pain medication management service on pain-related outcomes in an adult inpatient population. Methods: This retrospective study evaluated patients who were admitted from November 2009 through November 2011 and received a pharmacy pain consult...
September 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Marco Rogante, Claudia Giacomozzi, Mauro Grigioni, Dahlia Kairy
AIMS: To evaluate the quality of systematic reviews on telemedicine applications in palliative care. METHODS: A structured literature review was conducted to identify systematic reviews dealing with telemedicine in palliative care; the AMSTAR (Assessment of Multiple Systematic Reviews) checklist was used to appraise the evidence related to the systematic reviews. RESULTS: 405 records were initially identified; of these 14 were eligible for full-text analysis...
July 2016: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Eliana Ferroni, Francesco Avossa, Franco Figoli, Maurizio Cancian, Cosimo De Chirico, Elisabetta Pinato, Michele Pellizzari, Ugo Fedeli, Mario Saugo, Domenico Mantoan
BACKGROUND: Hospital admissions at the end of life (EOL) represent an established indicator of poor quality of care. OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of intensity of integrated primary and specialist home-based palliative care for chronic diseases (HPCCD) plans of care on EOL hospital access. METHODS: Retrospective population-based study using linked mortality, hospitalization, and home care data. Intensity of HPCCD was measured 90-31 days before death; outcomes were hospital death and prolonged hospital stay for medical reasons in the last month of life...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Philippe Poulain, Marie-Pierre Berleur, Shimsi Lefki, Danièle Lefebvre, Gisèle Chvetzoff, Eric Serra, Fibra Tremellat, Alain Derniaux, Marilène Filbet
CONTEXT: In the European Association for Palliative Care recommendations for cancer pain management, there was no consensus regarding the indications, titration or monitoring of methadone. OBJECTIVES: This national, randomized, multicentre trial aimed to compare two methadone titration methods (stop-and-go vs progressive) in patients with cancer-related pain who were inadequately relieved by or intolerant to level 3 opioids. METHODS: The primary endpoint was the rate of success/failure at Day 4, defined as pain relief (reduction of at least two points on the visual scale and a pain score <5 for 2 consecutive days) and no overdose (Rudkin scale ≥3 and respiratory rate <8/min)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Maryam Vahidi, Nader Mahdavi, Elnaz Asghari, Hossein Ebrahimi, Jamal Eivazi Ziaei, Mina Hosseinzadeh, Hossein Namdar Areshtanab, Iraj Asvadi Kermani
PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine factors associated with caregiver burden among primary caregivers of women with breast cancer in Iran. METHODS: This was a descriptive correlation study conducted in 2012 on 150 main caregivers of patients with breast cancer who came to the oncology clinic of Shahid Ghazi hospital in Tabriz, Iran. A questionnaire which included caregiving-related factors and the Zarit Burden Interview was used for data collection after its validity and reliability were determined...
September 2016: Asian Nursing Research
Sławomir Poletajew, Radosław Biernacki, Paweł Buraczyński, Jarosław Chojnacki, Stefan Czarniecki, Dominika Gajewska, Tomasz Pohaba, Joanna Sondka, Michał Skrzypczyk, Tomasz Suchojad, Dominik Wojtkowiak, Bogusław Zaforemski, Łukasz Zapała, Aleksandra Zemła, Piotr Radziszewski
A potential reason for poor survival among patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) in Poland is initial disqualification from curative treatment due to advanced stage of the disease or low performance status. The aim of this study was to describe patterns of care in patients with newly diagnosed MIBC. This is a multicentre retrospective cohort study involving 296 consecutive patients with primary histologically diagnosed MIBC. Therapeutic decisions and potentially underlying clinical factors were analysed...
2016: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
Amir Shanan, Brenda Stevens, Gail Bishop, Kathleen Cooney, Shea Cox, Robin Downing, Kathy Mitchener, Nancy Soares, Tammy Wynn
End-of-life (EOL) care and decisionmaking embody the critical final stage in a pet's life and are as important and meaningful as the sum of the clinical care provided for all prior life stages. EOL care should focus on maximizing patient comfort and minimizing suffering while providing a collaborative and supportive partnership with the caregiver client. Timely, empathetic, and nonjudgmental communication is the hallmark of effective client support. Veterinarians should not allow an EOL patient to succumb to a natural death without considering the option of euthanasia and ensuring that other measures to alleviate discomfort and distress are in place...
September 29, 2016: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Stuart Jarvis, Roger C Parslow, Pat Carragher, Bryony Beresford, Lorna K Fraser
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical stage (stable, unstable, deteriorating or dying) for children and young people (CYP) aged 0-25 years in Scotland with life-limiting conditions (LLCs). DESIGN: National cohort of CYP with LLCs using linked routinely collected healthcare data. SETTING: Scotland. PATIENTS: 20 436 CYP identified as having LLCs and resident in Scotland between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2014. MAIN OUTCOME: Clinical stage based on emergency inpatient and intensive care unit admissions and date of death...
September 28, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Samantha Hollingworth, Jianzhen Zhang, Bharat Phani Vaikuntam, Claire Jackson, Geoffrey Mitchell
BACKGROUND: To plan integrated care at end of life for people with either heart failure or lung disease, we used a case conference between the patient's general practitioner (GP), specialist services and a palliative care consultant physician. This intervention significantly reduced hospitalisations and emergency department visits. This paper reports estimates of potential savings of reduced hospitalisation through end of life case conferences in a pilot study. METHODS: We used Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group codes to obtain data on hospitalisations and costs...
2016: BMC Palliative Care
Tali Samson, Esther Iecovich, Pesach Shvartzman
CONTEXT: Exposure to human suffering may have ramifications for the professional quality of life (ProQol) of palliative care teams. The ProQol scale was designed to assess both negative and positive work-related outcomes, and has been used recently for the evaluation of work-related outcomes among palliative care workers. However, the assessment of ProQol among Israeli hospice workers is scant. OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the psychometric properties and the factor structure of the Hebrew version of the 30-item ProQol questionnaire...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Tatsuya Morita, Akemi Shirado Naito, Maho Aoyama, Asao Ogawa, Izuru Aizawa, Ryosuke Morooka, Masanori Kawahara, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Yasuo Shima, Satoru Tsuneto, Mitsunori Miyashita
OBJECTIVES: Primary aim was to clarify the prevalence and factors associated with the occurrence of deathbed visions, explore associations among deathbed visions, a good death, and family depression. Additional aim was to explore the emotional reaction, perception, and preferred clinical practice regarding deathbed visions from the view of bereaved family members. METHODS: A nationwide questionnaire survey was conducted involving 3964 family members of cancer patients who died at hospitals, palliative care units, and home...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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