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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428158/mobile-application-to-promote-adherence-to-oral-chemotherapy-and-symptom-management-a-protocol-for-design-and-development
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Joel Nathan Fishbein, Lauren Ellen Nisotel, James John MacDonald, Nicole Amoyal Pensak, Jamie Michele Jacobs, Clare Flanagan, Kamal Jethwani, Joseph Andrew Greer
BACKGROUND: Oral chemotherapy is increasingly used in place of traditional intravenous chemotherapy to treat patients with cancer. While oral chemotherapy includes benefits such as ease of administration, convenience, and minimization of invasive infusions, patients receive less oversight, support, and symptom monitoring from clinicians. Additionally, adherence is a well-documented challenge for patients with cancer prescribed oral chemotherapy regimens. With the ever-growing presence of smartphones and potential for efficacious behavioral intervention technology, we created a mobile health intervention for medication and symptom management...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325245/south-east-asia-differing-socioeconomic-factors-differing-access-to-radiotherapy-the-philippines-a-microcosm
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REVIEW
Miriam Joy C Calaguas, Johannes A Gubat
The accessibility of radiotherapy in Southeast Asia, a region characterized by diversity in both economy and culture, differ widely among its member countries. In most countries, access is not universal and is generally limited by radiotherapy resources and the health-seeking behavior of patients. This in turn relates to the current health policy in place, the practice of radiation oncology, and cultural factors such as religion and family dynamics. Although it is clear that radiotherapy access parallel economic development, it is also affected by different social factors that work to facilitate or impede its improvement...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318175/psychosocial-care-in-the-department-of-pediatric-hematology-and-oncology-of-public-hospitals-in-argentina
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Débora Farberman, Teresa Méndez, Leticia García, Lucía Salvia, Silvia Otarolac
BACKGROUND: Blood diseases and cancer are part of a group of rare conditions in pediatrics. In general, cancer treatments are prolonged (months or years), so psychosocial support has been introduced to provide comprehensive care to these patients. OBJECTIVE: To explore psychosocial care provided at the public hospitals of Argentina to children and adolescents with cancer. Population and Methods. An electronic questionnaire was sent to the heads of the Departments of Hematology and Oncology, Mental Health, and Social Services of 27 public hospitals providing care to pediatric patients with cancer...
April 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289676/disability-work-absenteeism-sickness-benefits-and-cancer-in-selected-european-oecd-countries-forecasts-to-2020
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Mihajlo Jakovljevic, Christina Malmose-Stapelfeldt, Olivera Milovanovic, Nemanja Rancic, Dubravko Bokonjic
BACKGROUND: Disability either due to illness, aging, or both causes remains an essential contributor shaping European labor markets. Ability of modern day welfare states to compensate an impaired work ability and absenteeism arising from incapacity is very diverse. The aims of this study were to establish and explain intercountry differences among selected European OECD countries and to provide forecasts of future work absenteeism and expenditures on wage replacement benefits. METHODS: Two major public registries, European health for all database and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development database (OECD Health Data), were coupled to form a joint database on 12 core indicators...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156613/what-does-palliative-care-mean-diverse-definitions-from-cancer-care-providers
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Rebecca A Ferrer, Michelle Mollica, Grace Huang, Angela Falisi, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou
40 Background: Existing literature on the epistemology of palliative care has mostly centered on patient/family perspectives. Understanding how multi-disciplinary healthcare providers themselves define palliative care is a critical step towards addressing barriers and harnessing facilitators that affect optimal delivery. METHODS: Semi-structured key informant interviews (N = 19) were conducted with members of healthcare provider teams as part of a qualitative study on goals of care for cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156551/effect-of-early-integrated-palliative-care-on-family-caregivers-fc-outcomes-for-patients-with-gastrointestinal-and-lung-cancer
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Vicki A Jackson, Joseph A Greer, William F Pirl, Elyse R Park, Anthony Back, Alona Muzikansky, Mihir Kamdar, Simone Rinaldi, Juliet Jacobsen, Joel Fishbein, Justin Eusebio, Harry VanDusen, Ryan David Nipp, David P Ryan, Jennifer S Temel
234 Background: Patients with newly diagnosed advanced cancers who receive early palliative care (PC) integrated with oncology care report improvement in their quality of life (QOL) and mood. While a telephone-based psycho-educational intervention for FC decrease depression, the impact of early, integrated outpatient PC models on FC outcomes remains unknown. METHODS: We conducted a randomized trial of early PC integrated with oncology care versus oncology care alone for newly diagnosed patients with incurable lung and gastrointestinal cancers and their FC...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156532/experience-of-patient-death-and-subsequent-bereavement-by-members-of-the-oncology-team-in-the-outpatient-setting
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244 Background: Working with cancer patients is considered inherently stressful with high levels of burnout reported. There is limited research that focuses on the multidisciplinary team as a whole; research to date tends to focus on patient death from the perspective of the bedside oncology nurse, the physician or social worker. With the focus on those disciplines individually, thereby ignoring the centrality of the multidisciplinary nature of oncology care and excluding fundamental team members who provide care and are potentially impacted by the death of the patient...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156504/how-can-palliative-care-specialists-best-integrate-into-multidisciplinary-oncology-care-for-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Melissa F Miller, Joanne S Buzaglo, Arif Kamal
182 Background: Current evidence for palliative care/oncology integration derives from cancers with either very short prognoses or relatively limited treatment options (e.g. pancreas). Little is know about the role of palliative care in metastatic breast cancer, where prognosis may be measured in years and the treatment option portfolio is continuously expanding. METHODS: The Cancer Support Community Metastatic Breast Cancer Experience Registry is a voluntary, patient-reported, online registry of patient experiences with cancer...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156487/pathwell-the-development-of-a-triage-center-and-access-hub-for-comprehensive-palliative-care-in-oncology
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Erika Lauren Tribett, Marcy Winget, LaTisha Webster, Dorothy Valmayor, Jenna Lunger, Patricia Falconer
162 Background: Routine screening to identify palliative care (PC) needs, followed by assessment and management of needs is critical for high-quality cancer care. Our current healthcare system there is poor screening for PC needs, low referral rates to PC services, and unmet needs. In response to these gaps, we developed a dedicated triage center to streamline the assessment of PC needs and better connect patients with appropriate supportive care services. METHODS: We identified 24 services at our academic cancer center that provide PC and supportive services...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152921/integrating-a-simple-screening-tool-in-the-electronic-medical-record-to-standardize-patient-needs-identification-process
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Audrey Caspar-Clark, Neal Niznan, Rebecca Cammy
156 Background: Unidentified psychosocial and nutrition needs can impede a patient's quality of life during cancer treatment. Nutritional, social, and logistical patient needs may be overlooked without a standardized identification process. With the increasing use of the electronic medical record (EMR), simple screening tools to identify psychosocial needs and nutritional concerns can be implemented. METHODS: The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Radiation Oncology integrated a simple six-question "yes" or "no" response screen directly into the nursing assessment in the EMR to quickly and easily trigger high-risk patient referrals to social work and nutrition services...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152913/moving-towards-hospital-and-radiation-oncology-emr-integration-results-of-an-institutional-survey
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Murat Surucu, Barbara Kaczmarz, Teresita McCoo, John Roeske, William Small
152 Background: We are working to electronically integrate our radiation oncology EMR and our hospital EMR to improve communication and facilitate patient care. To guide integration, we surveyed providers and support staff at our academic cancer center to identify the important encounters/documents and how well these are currently communicated. METHODS: We sent an email survey to 182 MDs, nurses, and administrative staff at our cancer center. Respondents identified their role in the patient care team, and rated how important several radiation oncology-specific encounters/documents from "not important at all" to "extremely important" and rated the accessibility of these encounters/documents from "not at all accessible" to "exceptionally accessible...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152903/refining-the-use-of-an-electronic-medical-record-emr-to-define-and-implement-psychosocial-distress-screening-and-treatment
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(no author information available yet)
144 Background: All cancer patients experience some level of distress associated with cancer and its treatment at all stages of the disease. Psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer cause additional suffering, weaken adherence to prescribed treatments and threaten patients' return to health." Health care providers often tend to under estimate psychological distress. Screening and early identification of distress promote improved management of symptoms, which facilitates medical care...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152793/transitions-in-care-and-reduction-in-discharge-errors
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Tara Szyamnski, Megan Begnoche, Carol Chase, Michelle Moreau, Jessica Barnett
77 Background: Patients are often overwhelmed at the time of hospital discharge and focus on home rather than the discharge process. Fragmented communication and lack of planning between the hospital team, patient, family and primary oncologist can lead to frustration and delays in implementation of palliative or curative therapies and potential hospital readmission when the plan of care is not followed in a timely manner. Our goal is to avoid medication errors, delays in implementation of a care plan and reemergence of symptoms or new symptoms as a result of a suboptimal discharge transition...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152725/implementing-psychosocial-distress-screening-across-a-health-system-herding-cats-or-herding-cats
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(no author information available yet)
113 Background: With the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer 2015 Standards in hand, Penn Medicine embarked on a project to formulate an entity-wide plan for the provision of psychosocial distress screening. Identifying psychosocial distress and providing resources to meet those needs is an essential component of quality cancer care. Penn Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center provided more than 91,000 chemotherapy treatments, 121,000 radiation treatments, and 14,000 proton therapy treatments in FY 15 in urban, suburban and rural settings with wide variations in resources...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148402/-sexual-wellbeing-integrated-into-support-care-in-oncology
#15
Sylvie Dolbeault, Anne Brédart
All cancers have psychological and social repercussions which can impact on the patient's sexual quality of life. While the subject is still taboo, support care, which involves different professionals working together, is increasingly offering patients the opportunity to talk and become informed about these issues.
June 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086959/e-learning-programs-in-oncology-a-nationwide-experience-from-2005-to-2014
#16
Jan Degerfält, Staffan Sjöstedt, Per Fransson, Elisabeth Kjellén, Mads U Werner
BACKGROUND: E-learning is an established concept in oncological education and training. However, there seems to be a scarcity of long-term assessments of E-learning programs in oncology vis-á-vis their structural management and didactic value. This study presents descriptive, nationwide data from 2005 to 2014. E-learning oncology programs in chemotherapy, general oncology, pain management, palliative care, psycho-social-oncology, and radiotherapy, were reviewed from our databases. Questionnaires of self-perceived didactic value of the programs were examined 2008-2014...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063339/the-experiences-and-needs-of-healthcare-professionals-facing-perinatal-death-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Shefaly Shorey, Beate André, Violeta Lopez
BACKGROUND: Globally, perinatal death is on a decline. However, its impact on the healthcare profession is huge. The existing literature focuses on examining perinatal death from parents' perspectives and patient death from the perspectives of nurses and a few doctors in critical care, oncology, and neonatology in the West. Due to the unique setting of maternity units where death is not routinely anticipated, as well as distinctive socio-cultural views surrounding death, there is a need to comprehensively review literature examining the impact of perinatal death on the perspectives of healthcare professionals working in maternity units...
December 28, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047138/su-f-e-12-elective-international-rotations-in-medical-physics-residency-programs
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D Brown, A Mundt, J Einck, T Pawlicki
PURPOSE: The purpose of this educational program is to motivate talented, intelligent individuals to become stakeholders in the global effort to improve access to radiotherapy. METHODS: The need to improve global access to radiotherapy has been clearly established and several organizations are making substantial progress in securing funding and developing plans to achieve this worthwhile goal. The incorporation of elective international rotations in residency programs may provide one possible mechanism to promote and support this future investment...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928472/emotional-social-and-occupational-adjustment-among-oncology-nurses
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Mohammad Vaezi, Mahboubeh Vala, Maryam Souri, Ashraf Mousavi, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh
Background: Social, occupational and emotional adjustment of Oncology nurses were assessed and compared with other nurses in this study. Subjects and Methods: One hundred nurses including Oncology nurses (n=50) and non-Oncology nurses (n=50) participated in cross-sectional study conducted in Shariati Hospital. Bell's Adjustment Inventory was used to measure social, emotional and occupational adjustment. Survey data were entered into SPSS statistical software, version 18 and the Kruskal-Wallis test was used for data analysis...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Hematology-oncology and Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912963/overcoming-communication-challenges-in-integrative-supportive-cancer-care-the-integrative-physician-the-psycho-oncologist-and-the-patient
#20
Eran Ben-Arye, Efrat Shavit, Haya Wiental, Elad Schiff, Olga Agour, Noah Samuels
BACKGROUND: Complementary/integrative medicine (CIM) services are increasingly being integrated into conventional supportive cancer care, presenting a number of challenges to communication between healthcare professionals (HCPs). The purpose of the present study was to explore the impact of the communication between integrative physicians (IPs) trained in CIM and social workers (SWs) working as psycho-oncologists in the same oncology setting. We examine whether IP-SW communication correlates with the number of patient-SW sessions, as provided within the oncology department...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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