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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106679/a-daisy-nurse-moral-distress-and-end-of-life-decisions-in-the-pediatric-setting
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Cynthia Divens Sweeney
What does it mean to be a "DAISY nurse"? Moral distress and end-of-life issues are difficult in any situation but, within the context of a pediatric setting, can be even more difficult. In this column, a DAISY nurse shares her thoughts on her role, her professional journey to explore moral distress and ethical decision making, and the lessons learned that led to her recognition with The DAISY Award and the joyful celebration.
February 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097432/attitudes-of-palliative-home-care-physicians-towards-palliative-sedation-at-home-in-italy
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Alessandro Mercadante, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
BACKGROUND: Information about the attitudes towards palliative sedation (PS) at home is limited. AIM: The aim of this survey was to assess the attitudes of palliative care physicians in Italy regarding PS at home. DESIGN: A questionnaire was submitted to a sample of palliative care physicians, asking information about their activity and attitudes towards PS at home. SETTING: This is a survey of home care physicians in Italy who were involved in end-of-life care decisions at home...
January 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086861/managing-shades-of-grey-a-focus-group-study-exploring-community-dwellers-views-on-advance-care-planning-in-older-people
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Natasha Michael, Clare O'Callaghan, Emma Sayers
BACKGROUND: Community-dwelling consumers of healthcare are increasing, many aging with life-limiting conditions and deteriorating cognition. However, few have had advance care planning discussions or completed documentation to ensure future care preferences are acted upon. This study examines the awareness, attitudes, and experiences of advance care planning amongst older people and unrelated offspring/caregivers of older people residing in the community. METHODS: Qualitative descriptive research, which included focus groups with older people (55+ years) and older people's offspring/caregivers living in an Australian city and surrounding rural region...
January 13, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074585/a-good-death
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Tia Powell, Adira Hulkower
A good death is hard to find. Family members tell us that loved ones die in the wrong place-the hospital-and do not receive high-quality care at the end of life. This issue of the Hastings Center Report offers two articles from authors who strive to provide good end-of-life care and to prevent needless suffering. We agree with their goals, but we have substantial reservations about the approaches they recommend. Respect for the decisions of patients and their surrogates is a relatively new and still vulnerable aspect of medical care...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065700/integrating-supportive-care-principles-into-dialysis-decision-making-a-primer-for-palliative-medicine-providers
#5
Alvin H Moss
Despite advances in pre-dialysis care and dialysis technology, patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease continue to experience multiple comorbidities, a high symptom burden, a shortened life expectancy and substantial physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. Patients with acute kidney injury and end-stage renal disease, especially if they are older, often undergo prolonged hospitalizations, greater use of intensive medical treatment, and limited survival. Unfortunately, most nephrologists are not trained to conduct shared decision-making conversations to elicit patients' values, preferences, and goals for treatment and address their patients' multifactorial suffering...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063865/evaluation-of-a-mastery-learning-intervention-on-hospitalists-code-status-discussion-skills
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Rashmi K Sharma, Eytan Szmuilowicz, Adeboye Ogunseitan, Sasha F Jones, Jessica A Montalvo, Kevin J O'Leary, Diane B Wayne
CONTEXT: Although code status discussions (CSD) occur frequently in the hospital setting, discussions often lack content necessary for informed decision making. Simulation-based mastery learning (SBML) has been used to improve clinical skills among resident physicians and may provide a novel way to improve hospitalists' CSD skills. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this pilot randomized controlled trial was to develop and evaluate a CSD SBML intervention for hospitalists...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062650/euthanasia-embedded-in-palliative-care-responses-to-essentialistic-criticisms-of-the-belgian-model-of-integral-end-of-life-care
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Jan L Bernheim, Kasper Raus
The Belgian model of 'integral' end-of-life care consists of universal access to palliative care (PC) and legally regulated euthanasia. As a first worldwide, the Flemish PC organisation has embedded euthanasia in its practice. However, some critics have declared the Belgian-model concepts of 'integral PC' and 'palliative futility' to fundamentally contradict the essence of PC. This article analyses the various essentialistic arguments for the incompatibility of euthanasia and PC. The empirical evidence from the euthanasia-permissive Benelux countries shows that since legalisation, carefulness (of decision making) at the end of life has improved and there have been no significant adverse 'slippery slope' effects...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062349/-best-case-worst-case-training-surgeons-to-use-a-novel-communication-tool-for-high-risk-acute-surgical-problems
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Jacqueline M Kruser, Lauren J Taylor, Toby C Campbell, Amy Zelenski, Sara K Johnson, Michael J Nabozny, Nicole M Steffens, Jennifer L Tucholka, Kris L Kwekkeboom, Margaret L Schwarze
CONTEXT: Older adults often have surgery in the months preceding death, which can initiate post-operative treatments inconsistent with end-of-life values. "Best Case/Worst Case" (BC/WC) is a communication tool designed to promote goal-concordant care during discussions about high-risk surgery. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a structured training program designed to teach surgeons how to use BC/WC. METHODS: Twenty-five surgeons from one tertiary-care hospital completed a two-hour training session followed by individual coaching...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054288/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-complicated-grief-are-common-in-caregivers-of-neuro-icu-patients
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Stephen A Trevick, Aaron S Lord
BACKGROUND: To explore the effect of end of life and other palliative decision making scenarios on the mental health of family members of patients in the neuro-intensive care unit. METHODS: Decision makers of patients in the neuro-ICU at a large, urban, academic medical center meeting palliative care triggers were identified from November 10, 2014, to August 27, 2015. Interviews were conducted at 1 and 6 months post-enrollment. At 1 month, the Inventory of Complicated Grief-Revised (ICG-R), Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R), and the Family Satisfaction-ICU (FS-ICU) were performed along with basic demographic questionnaires...
January 4, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053511/the-state-of-multiple-sclerosis-current-insight-into-the-patient-health-care-provider-relationship-treatment-challenges-and-satisfaction
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Mar Tintoré, Maggie Alexander, Kathleen Costello, Martin Duddy, David E Jones, Nancy Law, Gilmore O'Neill, Antonio Uccelli, Robert Weissert, Sibyl Wray
BACKGROUND: Managing multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment presents challenges for both patients and health care professionals. Effective communication between patients with MS and their neurologist is important for improving clinical outcomes and quality of life. METHODS: A closed-ended online market research survey was used to assess the current state of MS care from the perspective of both patients with MS (≥18 years of age) and neurologists who treat MS from Europe and the US and to gain insight into perceptions of treatment expectations/goals, treatment decisions, treatment challenges, communication, and satisfaction with care, based on current clinical practice...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043082/a-dialysis-patient-s-choice-and-a-nephrologist-s-obligation-the-need-to-understand-and-value-the-patient-s-perspective
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EDITORIAL
Juliya Hemmett, Christopher W McIntyre
Patient-centered care is critical to the successful management of chronic diseases, such as chronic kidney disease. While a course of treatment may prolong life it may come with a reduced quality of life (QOL). For many patients, the decision to prolong life at the expense of lower QOL is not an obvious choice. Dialysis patients make treatment decisions daily, some of which can be life-altering. Therefore, the need for optimal decision-making may be more pressing in dialysis patients than in many other chronic disease states...
January 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041869/-palliative-care-after-neonatal-intensive-care-contributions-of-leonetti-law-and-remaining-challenges
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P Kuhn, L Dillenseger, N Cojean, B Escande, C Zores, D Astruc
The 2005 enactment of the "Patients' rights and end-of-life care" act, known as the Leonetti law, has been accompanied by practical changes in the processes of withdrawal and withholding of active life-sustaining treatments. This law has also promoted the implementation of palliative care in perinatal medicine to avoid unreasonable therapeutic interventions and to preserve the dying patient's quality of life and human dignity. Recently, a new law has been voted by the French National Assembly and new reflections on the ethical aspects of the end of life in neonatal medicine should resume again within the French Society of Neonatology in the working group on ethical issues in neonatology...
December 29, 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038509/engaging-college-undergraduates-in-advance-care-planning
#13
Sara Sanders, Erin L Robinson
Advance care planning (ACP) is a critical part of long-term health-care planning, as no one knows when the ability to make personal medical decisions may be impaired. Many assume ACP is only necessary for older adults or those with life-threatening health conditions; however, there are growing discussions about healthy, young adults also engaging in ACP, as they too suffer from unexpected medical events that limit their ability to make medical decisions. The current study examined the reactions of college students following the completion of their advance care plans and then sharing these plans with friends and family...
February 2017: Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031256/organ-donation-after-medical-assistance-in-dying-or-cessation-of-life-sustaining-treatment-requested-by-conscious-patients-the-canadian-context
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Julie Allard, Marie-Chantal Fortin
In June 2016, following the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to decriminalise assistance in dying, the Canadian government enacted Bill C-14, legalising medical assistance in dying (MAID). In 2014, the province of Quebec had passed end-of-life care legislation making MAID available as of December 2015. The availability of MAID has many implications, including the possibility of combining this practice with organ donation through the controlled donation after cardiac death (cDCD) protocol. cDCD most often occurs in cases where the patient has a severe neurological injury but does not meet all the criteria for brain death...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030488/a-novel-method-of-optimizing-patient-and-family-centered-care-in-the-icu-family-presence-on-icu-rounds
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Steven R Allen, Jose Pascual, Niels Martin, Patrick Reilly, Gina Luckianow, Elizabeth Datner, Kimberly A Davis, Lewis J Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Patient and family centered care permeates critical care where there are often multiple teams involved in management. A method of facilitating information sharing to support shared decision-making is essential in appropriately rendering care.This study sought to determine whether incorporating family members on rounds in the ICU improves patient and family knowledge, and whether doing so improves team time management and satisfaction with the process. METHODS: A nonrandomized, comparative before and after trial of incorporating family members on rounds (July-December 2009 vs January-July 2010) in a single quarternary center's Surgical ICU assessed: 1) family member knowledge, 2) nurse and physician satisfaction with the intervention, 3) frequency and timing of family meetings, and 4) physician workflow...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029695/sense-of-control-in-end-of-life-decision-making
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Rafael D Romo, Theresa A Allison, Alexander K Smith, Margaret I Wallhagen
OBJECTIVES: To explore how older adults in the community with a limited life expectancy make healthcare decisions and the processes used when they are not in an acute crisis. DESIGN: Grounded theory. SETTING: Medical programs and geriatrics clinics at the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling adults aged 67 to 98 with a life expectancy of less than 1 year (N = 20)...
December 28, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028266/-case-study-a-successful-cooperation-of-clinic-pharmacist-and-pharmacies-in-home-palliative-care-with-pca-pump
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Michiyo Kawana, Haruko Yuge, Hirokazu Sakurai, Minoru Hatsuta, Yuko Osuga, Masayoshi Hirohara, Kazuki Kushida
To make a good end at home and provide good palliative care for patients with cancer are urgent issues in Setagaya ward, as shown by certain statistics. Medical opioids are greatly needed for palliative care; as patient controlled analgesia(PCA) develops, it can lead to decisions by patients and their families to receive end-of-life care at home because the patient can choose to receive the same advanced palliative care received at the hospital. With in-home palliative care, given the rapid change in the medical condition of the patient and the sentiment of the family, the role of pharmacists is to quickly and reliably supply the pharmaceuticals and medical equipment that doctors need...
December 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028265/-current-state-of-medical-support-by-nurses-to-guide-cancer-patients-to-at-home-death
#18
Mitsuru Tange, Kaori Hoshina, Takashi Tsuda
The aim of this study is to clarify the palliative care support in home-based settings for patients with end-stage cancer. Fifty patients who died at home were analyzed. MSC nurses listened to the patients and informal caregivers for their preferences for place of death. Home death was selected by 30%of participants prior to the environment adjustment support and by 68% after. The period leading up to home care that started with the adjustment assistance by MSC was 5 days(median). Nurse support by the MSC is intended to promote decision making regarding the place of end-of-life care...
December 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027614/decision-modelling-in-donation-after-circulatory-death-dcd-liver-transplantation
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K A McLean, J Camilleri-Brennan, S R Knight, T Drake, R Ots, C A Shaw, S J Wigmore, E M Harrison
INTRODUCTION: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) liver allografts are increasingly used for transplantation. However, the post-transplantation clinical and quality of life outcomes of DCD recipients are traditionally considered to be inferior compared with donation after brain death (DBD) allograft recipients. Decision making for such marginal organs can be difficult. This study investigated the optimal decision to accept or decline a DCD liver allograft for a patient based on their current health...
December 27, 2016: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012054/licensing-surrogate-decision-makers
#20
Philip M Rosoff
As medical technology continues to improve, more people will live longer lives with multiple chronic illnesses with increasing cumulative debilitation, including cognitive dysfunction. Combined with the aging of society in most developed countries, an ever-growing number of patients will require surrogate decision-makers. While advance care planning by patients still capable of expressing their preferences about medical interventions and end-of-life care can improve the quality and accuracy of surrogate decisions, this is often not the case, not infrequently leading to demands for ineffective, inappropriate and prolonged interventions...
December 23, 2016: HEC Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Hospitals' Ethical and Legal Issues
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