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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314861/physician-assisted-death-in-chronic-neurologic-diseases
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James L Bernat, Michael P McQuillen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306158/effect-of-chronic-diseases-and-multimorbidity-on-survival-and-functioning-in-elderly-adults
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Debora Rizzuto, René J F Melis, Sara Angleman, Chengxuan Qiu, Alessandra Marengoni
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of chronic disorders and their co-occurrence on survival and functioning in community-dwelling older adults. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Kungsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 78 and older examined by physicians four times over 11 years (N = 1,099). MEASUREMENTS: Chronic diseases (grouped according to 10 organ systems according to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, code) and multimorbidity (≥2 coexisting chronic diseases) were evaluated in terms of mortality, population attributable risk of death, median years of life lost, and median survival time with and without disability (need of assistance in ≥1 activities of daily living)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301700/implementing-california-s-law-on-assisted-dying
#3
Ruchika Mishra
On October 5, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown approved bill ABX2 15, the End of Life Option Act, making California the fifth state in the country to allow physician-assisted dying. The law was modeled after Oregon's 1997 Death with Dignity Act. When the legislative special session ended on March 10, 2016, California health care providers had only ninety days to respond to the state mandate before the law would take effect, on June 9, 2016. Experience with the law so far suggests several challenges with implementation...
March 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298551/high-hypothetical-interest-in-physician-assisted-death-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Ruth Ann Marrie, Amber Salter, Tuula Tyry, Gary R Cutter, Stacey Cofield, Robert J Fox
OBJECTIVE: To assess the opinions of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) regarding physician-assisted death (PAD). METHODS: We surveyed participants in the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) Registry regarding PAD. For each of 5 hypothetical situations, respondents indicated whether they definitely would, probably would, probably would not, or definitely would not consider PAD. They also reported their sociodemographics, disability status using Patient-Determined Disease Steps, depression status, pain status, religiosity, and degree of social support...
March 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260561/challenges-of-treating-adenovirus-infection-application-of-a-deployable-rapid-assembly-shelter-hospital
#5
Song Bai, Bao-Guo Yu, Yong-Zhong Zhang, Hui Ding, Zhou-Wei Wu, Bin Fan, Hao-Jun Fan, Shi-Ke Hou, Feng Chen
This article outlines the evolution of a rescue team in responding to adenovirus prevention with a deployable field hospital. The local governments mobilized a shelter hospital and a rescue team consisting of 59 members to assist with rescue and response efforts after an epidemic outbreak of adenovirus. We describe and evaluate the challenges of preparing for deployment, field hospital maintenance, treatment mode, and primary treatment methods. The field hospital established at the rescue scene consisted of a medical command vehicle, a computed tomography shelter, an X-ray shelter, a special laboratory shelter, an oxygen and electricity supply vehicle, and epidemic prevention and protection equipment...
March 6, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246154/cost-analysis-of-medical-assistance-in-dying-in-canada
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Aaron J Trachtenberg, Braden Manns
BACKGROUND: The legalization of medical assistance in dying will affect health care spending in Canada. Our aim was to determine the potential costs and savings associated with the implementation of medical assistance in dying. METHODS: Using published data from the Netherlands and Belgium, where medically assisted death is legal, we estimated that medical assistance in dying will account for 1%-4% of all deaths; 80% of patients will have cancer; 50% of patients will be aged 60-80 years; 55% will be men; 60% of patients will have their lives shortened by 1 month; and 40% of patients will have their lives shortened by 1 week...
January 23, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216856/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-implementing-the-integrated-care-plan-for-the-dying-in-the-indian-setting-survey-of-perspectives-of-indian-palliative-care-providers
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Naveen Salins, Jeremy Johnson, Stanley Macaden
INTRODUCTION: Capacity to provide end-of-life care in India is scored as 0.6/100, and very few people in India have access to palliative and end-of-life care. Lack of end-of-life care provision in India has led to a significant number of people receiving inappropriate medical treatment at the end of life, with no access to pain and symptom control and high treatment costs. The International Collaborative for the Best Care for the Dying Person is an initiative that offers the opportunity to apply international evidence on the key factors required to provide best care for the dying in the Indian context...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210521/the-right-to-die-in-chronic-disorders-of-consciousness-can-we-avoid-the-slippery-slope-argument
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Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Antonino Naro, Rosaria De Luca, Margherita Russo, Lory Caccamo, Alfredo Manuli, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti
Managing individuals with chronic disorders of consciousness raises ethical questions about the appropriateness of maintaining life-sustaining treatments and end-of-life decisions for those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. For many years, the positions fostering the "sanctity" of human life (i.e., life is inviolable in any case) have led to maintaining life-sustaining treatments (including artificial nutrition and hydration) in patients with disorders of consciousness, allowing them to live for as long as possible...
November 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196462/should-mental-disorders-be-a-basis-for-physician-assisted-death
#9
Paul S Appelbaum
Laws permitting physician-assisted death in the United States currently are limited to terminal conditions. Canada is considering whether to extend the practice to encompass intractable suffering caused by mental disorders, and the question inevitably will arise in the United States. Among the problems seen in countries that have legalized assisted death for mental disorders are difficulties in assessing the disorder's intractability and the patient's decisional competence, and the disproportionate involvement of patients with social isolation and personality disorders...
February 15, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193286/tropical-diabetic-hand-syndrome-a-case-report
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Eugene Vernyuy Yeika, Jacques Cabral Tchoumi Tantchou, Joyce Bei Foryoung, Paul Nkemtendong Tolefac, Derrick Tembi Efie, Siméon Pierre Choukem
BACKGROUND: Tropical diabetic hand syndrome describes a complex hand sepsis affecting patients with diabetes across the tropics and often results from a trivial hand trauma. The clinical presentation of this syndrome is variable and ranges from localised swelling and cellulitis, with or without ulceration of the hand to progressive fulminant hand sepsis, and gangrene affecting the entire limb which may be fatal. Tropical diabetic hand syndrome could lead to permanent disability and death as a result of delay in presentation, late diagnosis and late medical and surgical intervention...
February 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184294/advances-in-the-treatment-of-opioid-use-disorders
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REVIEW
George E Woody
The development of medications for treating persons with opioid use disorders has expanded the number of evidence-based treatment options, particularly for persons with the most severe disorders. It has also improved outcomes compared to psychosocial treatment alone and expanded treatment availability by increasing the number of physicians involved in treatment and the settings where patients can be treated. The medications include methadone, buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone, and extended-release injectable naltrexone...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143840/educational-intervention-to-improve-effectiveness-in-treatment-and-control-of-patients-with-high-cardiovascular-risk-in-low-resource-settings-in-argentina-study-protocol-of-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Pablo Gulayin, Vilma Irazola, Alfredo Lozada, Martin Chaparro, Marilina Santero, Laura Gutierrez, Rosana Poggio, Andrea Beratarrechea, Adolfo Rubinstein
INTRODUCTION: Hypercholesterolaemia is estimated to cause 2.6 million deaths annually and one-third of the cases of ischaemic heart disease. In Argentina, the prevalence of hypercholesterolaemia increased between 2005 and 2013 from 27.9% to 29.8%. Only one out of four subjects with a self-reported diagnosis of coronary heart disease is taking statins. Since 2014, statins (simvastatin 20 mg) are part of the package of drugs provided free-of-charge for patients according to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk stratification...
January 31, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105542/hospice-in-heart-failure-why-when-and-what-then
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Jeffrey L Spiess
Hospice is a model of care for patients nearing the end of their lives that emphasizes symptom management, quality of life (QOL), and support of the patient and caregiving family through the death of the patient and the family's bereavement. It is associated with high patient and caregiver satisfaction and appears to not shorten lifespan for appropriately referred patients. Patients with advanced heart failure are being referred to hospice care more often than in the past, but the majority of deaths occur without this benefit...
January 20, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098622/physician-assisted-suicide-and-euthanasia-in-the-icu-a-dialogue-on-core-ethical-issues
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Ewan C Goligher, E Wesley Ely, Daniel P Sulmasy, Jan Bakker, John Raphael, Angelo E Volandes, Bhavesh M Patel, Kate Payne, Annmarie Hosie, Larry Churchill, Douglas B White, James Downar
OBJECTIVE: Many patients are admitted to the ICU at or near the end of their lives. Consequently, the increasingly common debate regarding physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia holds implications for the practice of critical care medicine. The objective of this article is to explore core ethical issues related to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia from the perspective of healthcare professionals and ethicists on both sides of the debate. SYNTHESIS: We identified four issues highlighting the key areas of ethical tension central to evaluating physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in medical practice: 1) the benefit or harm of death itself, 2) the relationship between physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia and withholding or withdrawing life support, 3) the morality of a physician deliberately causing death, and 4) the management of conscientious objection related to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in the critical care setting...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034580/canadian-cardiovascular-society-canadian-heart-rhythm-society-2016-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-guidelines
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Matthew Bennett, Ratika Parkash, Pablo Nery, Mario Sénéchal, Blandine Mondesert, David Birnie, Laurence D Sterns, Claus Rinne, Derek Exner, François Philippon, Debra Campbell, Jafna Cox, Paul Dorian, Vidal Essebag, Andrew Krahn, Jaimie Manlucu, Franck Molin, Michael Slawnych, Mario Talajic
Sudden cardiac death is a major public health issue in Canada. However, despite the overwhelming evidence to support the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in the prevention of cardiac death there remains significant variability in implantation rates across Canada. Since the most recent Canadian Cardiovascular Society position statement on ICD use in Canada in 2005, there has been a plethora of new scientific information to assist physicians in their discussions with patients considered for ICD implantation to prevent sudden cardiac death due to ventricular arrhythmias...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001220/predicting-death-from-kala-azar-construction-development-and-validation-of-a-score-set-and-accompanying-software
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Dorcas Lamounier Costa, Regina Lunardi Rocha, Eldo de Brito Ferreira Chaves, Vivianny Gonçalves de Vasconcelos Batista, Henrique Lamounier Costa, Carlos Henrique Nery Costa
INTRODUCTION: Early identification of patients at higher risk of progressing to severe disease and death is crucial for implementing therapeutic and preventive measures; this could reduce the morbidity and mortality from kala-azar. We describe a score set composed of four scales in addition to software for quick assessment of the probability of death from kala-azar at the point of care. METHODS: Data from 883 patients diagnosed between September 2005 and August 2008 were used to derive the score set, and data from 1,031 patients diagnosed between September 2008 and November 2013 were used to validate the models...
November 2016: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998827/-ebola-kills-generations-qualitative-discussions-with-liberian-healthcare-providers
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Sue Anne Bell, Michelle L Munro-Kramer, Marisa C Eisenberg, Garfee Williams, Patricia Amarah, Jody R Lori
OBJECTIVE: the purpose of this study was to explore healthcare providers' perceptions and reactions to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic. DESIGN: a descriptive, qualitative study design was employed. Focus groups were conducted with Liberian healthcare providers who participated in care of patients with EVD. SETTING: the study was conducted in Bong County, Liberia (population: 333,000), which was severely affected, with over 650 reported cases and close to 200 deaths by the end of 2015...
December 9, 2016: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976497/prospective-and-explicit-clinical-validation-of-the-ottawa-heart-failure-risk-scale-with-and-without-use-of-quantitative-nt-probnp
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Ian G Stiell, Jeffrey J Perry, Catherine M Clement, Robert J Brison, Brian H Rowe, Shawn D Aaron, Andrew D McRae, Bjug Borgundvaag, Lisa A Calder, Alan J Forster, George A Wells
OBJECTIVES: We previously developed the Ottawa Heart Failure Risk Scale (OHFRS) to assist with disposition decisions for acute heart failure patients in the emergency department (ED). We sought to prospectively evaluate the accuracy, acceptability, and potential impact of OHFRS. METHODS: This prospective observational cohort study was conducted at six tertiary hospital EDs. Patients with acute heart failure were evaluated by ED physicians for the 10 OHFRS criteria and then followed for 30 days...
March 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938908/establishing-a-dedicated-general-thoracic-surgery-subspecialty-program-improves-lung-cancer-outcomes
#19
Mitchell J Magee, Morley A Herbert, Lynn Tumey, Syma L Prince
BACKGROUND: Various factors may influence outcomes after lobectomy for lung cancer. Postgraduate subspecialty training in general thoracic surgery with a focus on minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and thoracic oncology was completed by an established cardiothoracic surgeon on the hospital staff in July 2007, and principles emphasized in that training were incorporated into practice through formation of a subspecialty program. We hypothesized that establishing a dedicated general thoracic surgeon-lead subspecialty program, with focus on MIS and thoracic oncology, would improve short-term and long-term outcomes...
December 8, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932271/deactivation-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-differing-perspectives-of-cardiology-and-hospice-palliative-medicine-clinicians
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Colleen K McIlvennan, Sara E Wordingham, Larry A Allen, Daniel D Matlock, Jacqueline Jones, Shannon M Dunlay, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Beliefs around deactivation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) vary substantially between clinicians, institutions, and patients. Therefore, we sought to understand perspectives regarding LVAD deactivation among cardiology and hospice/palliative medicine (HPM) clinicians. METHODS AND RESULTS: We administered a 41-item survey via electronic mail to members of 3 cardiology and 1 HPM professional societies. A convergent parallel mixed methods design was used...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
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