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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872031/palliative-care-and-management-of-troublesome-symptoms-for-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Matthew Maddocks, Natasha Lovell, Sara Booth, William D-C Man, Irene J Higginson
People with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have distressing physical and psychological symptoms, often have limited understanding of their disease, and infrequently discuss end-of-life issues in routine clinical care. These are strong indicators for expert multidisciplinary palliative care, which incorporates assessment and management of symptoms and concerns, patient and caregiver education, and sensitive communication to elicit preferences for care towards the end of life. The unpredictable course of COPD and the difficulty of predicting survival are barriers to timely referral and receipt of palliative care...
September 2, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863219/discussing-advance-care-planning-and-directives-in-the-general-population
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Pascal J de Caprariis, Bronwyn Rucker, Claudia Lyon
The concept of end-of-life planning, along with medical and legal issues, has been discussed and has evolved over several years. The 1990 Patient Self-Determination Act and individual states' Department of Health Advance Directive forms helped overcome past problems. Patients with terminal and chronic illness are now able to have their wishes recognized for their future care. Any healthy individual's decision during an advance care planning (ACP) discussion can be adversely affected by various factors; however, multiple barriers-religion, culture, education, and family dynamics-can influence the process...
September 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852478/an-end-of-life-practice-survey-among-clinical-nephrologists-associated-with-a-single-nephrology-fellowship-training-program
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Kevin A Ceckowski, Dustin J Little, Joseph R Merighi, Teri Browne, Christina M Yuan
BACKGROUND: Our nephrology fellowship requires specific training in recognition and referral of end-stage renal disease patients likely to benefit from palliative and hospice care. METHODS: To identify end-of-life (EOL) referral barriers that require greater training emphasis, we performed a cross-sectional, 17-item anonymous online survey (August-October 2015) of 93 nephrologists associated with the program since 1987. RESULTS: There was a 61% response rate (57/93 surveys)...
August 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834844/barriers-to-career-flexibility-in-academic-medicine-a-qualitative-analysis-of-reasons-for-the-underutilization-of-family-friendly-policies-and-implications-for-institutional-change-and-department-chair-leadership
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Kimberlee Shauman, Lydia P Howell, Debora A Paterniti, Laurel A Beckett, Amparo C Villablanca
PURPOSE: Academic medical and biomedical professionals need workplace flexibility to manage the demands of work and family roles and meet their commitments to both, but often fail to use the very programs and benefits that provide flexibility. This study investigated the reasons for faculty underutilization of work-life programs. METHOD: As part of a National Institutes of Health-funded study, in 2010 the authors investigated attitudes of clinical and/or research biomedical faculty at the University of California, Davis, toward work-life policies, and the rationale behind their individual decisions regarding use of flexibility policies...
August 22, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829011/-we-never-speak-about-death-healthcare-professionals-views-on-palliative-care-for-inpatients-in-tanzania-a-qualitative-study
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E Grace Lewis, Lloyd L Oates, Jane Rogathi, Ashanti Duinmaijer, Aisa Shayo, Simon Megiroo, Barthlomew Bakari, Felicity Dewhurst, Richard W Walker, Matt Dewhurst, Sarah Urasa
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the current views and practices of healthcare professionals (HCPs) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) regarding delivery of hospital palliative care. The present qualitative study explored the views of nursing staff and medical professionals on providing palliative and end-of-life care (EoLC) to hospital inpatients in Tanzania. METHOD: Focus group discussions were conducted with a purposive sample of HCPs working on the medical and pediatric wards of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, a tertiary referral hospital in northern Tanzania...
August 22, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806026/physician-perceptions-of-barriers-to-advance-care-planning
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Lauren Fanta, Jill Tyler
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have confirmed the importance of advance care planning. Despite the benefits of directed end-of-life discussions, a variety of barriers including discomfort with the topic, physician ideology, lack of time and reimbursement, delaying discussions, and lack of training impede physicians from facilitating these crucial conversations with their patients. This study aims to understand physicians' perceptions to additional barriers to advance care planning with patients and their families...
July 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760834/validation-of-quality-indicators-for-end-of-life-communication-results-of-a-multicentre-survey
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Daren K Heyland, Peter Dodek, John J You, Tasnim Sinuff, Tim Hiebert, Carolyn Tayler, Xuran Jiang, Jessica Simon, James Downar
BACKGROUND: The lack of validated quality indicators is a major barrier to improving end-of-life communication and decision-making. We sought to show the feasibility of and provide initial validation for a set of quality indicators related to end-of-life communication and decision-making. METHODS: We administered a questionnaire to patients and their family members in 12 hospitals and asked them about advance care planning and goals-of-care discussions. Responses were used to calculate a quality indicator score...
July 31, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697736/end-of-life-perceptions-among-physicians-in-intensive-care-units-managed-by-anesthesiologists-in-germany-a-survey-about-structure-current-implementation-and-deficits
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Manfred Weiss, Andrej Michalsen, Anke Toenjes, Franz Porzsolt, Thomas Bein, Marc Theisen, Alexander Brinkmann, Heinrich Groesdonk, Christian Putensen, Friedhelm Bach, Dietrich Henzler
BACKGROUND: Structural aspects and current practice about end-of-life (EOL) decisions in German intensive care units (ICUs) managed by anesthesiologists are unknown. A survey among intensive care anesthesiologists has been conducted to explore current practice, barriers and opinions on EOL decisions in ICU. METHODS: In November 2015, all members of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) and the Association of German Anesthesiologists (BDA) were asked to participate in an online survey to rate the presence or absence and the importance of 50 items...
July 11, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675025/experiences-and-opinions-related-to-end-of-life-discussion-from-oncologists-and-resident-physicians-perspectives
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Su-Jin Koh, Shinmi Kim, JinShil Kim, Bhumsuk Keam, Dae Seog Heo, Kyung Hee Lee, Bong-Seog Kim, Jee Hy Kim, Hye Jung Chang, Sun Kyung Baek
Purpose: The aims of this study were to explore how oncologists and resident physicians practice end-of-life (EOL) discussions and to solicit their opinions on EOL discussions as a means to improve the quality of EOL care. Materials and Methods: A survey questionnaire was developed to explore the experiences and opinions about EOL discussions among oncologists and residents. Descriptive statistics, the t-test, and the Chi-square test were performed for the analyses...
July 3, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664445/pediatric-cardiology-provider-attitudes-about-palliative-care-a-multicenter-survey-study
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Emily Morell Balkin, James N Kirkpatrick, Beth Kaufman, Keith M Swetz, Lynn A Sleeper, Joanne Wolfe, Elizabeth D Blume
While availability of palliative care consultation for children with advanced heart disease increases, little is known about cardiologist attitudes towards palliative care. We sought to describe perspectives of cardiologists regarding palliative care and to characterize their perceived competence in palliative care concepts. A cross-sectional survey of pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from 19 pediatric medical centers was performed. Overall response rate was 31% (183/589). Respondents had a median of 18 years of experience since medical school (range 2-49) and most practiced at academic centers (91%)...
June 29, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654821/table%C3%A2-talk-how-mothers-and-adolescents-across-socioeconomic-status-discuss-food
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Priya Fielding-Singh, Jennifer Wang
This article reports findings from a qualitative study of food practices among families of differing socioeconomic circumstances. Using in-depth interviews from sixty-two families in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015-2016, we find socioeconomic differences in how mothers and adolescents talk about food. Across SES, mothers and adolescents engage in discussions about healthy eating. However, these conversations are more commonplace and embedded within high-SES family life than among low-SES families. Beyond conversations about 1) healthy eating, the topics of 2) food quality and 3) price are discussed to varying degrees across SES...
June 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639084/early-palliative-care-for-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies-is-it-really-so-difficult-to-achieve
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REVIEW
Thomas W LeBlanc, Eric J Roeland, Areej El-Jawahri
Evidence points to many benefits of "early palliative care," the provision of specialist palliative care services upstream from the end of life, to improve patients' quality of life while living with a serious illness. Yet most trials of early palliative care have not included patients with hematologic malignancies. Unfortunately, patients with hematologic malignancies are also known to have substantial illness burden, poor quality of life, and aggressive care at the end of life, including a greater likelihood of dying in the hospital, receiving chemotherapy at the end of life, and low hospice utilization, compared to patients with solid tumors...
June 21, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630131/-it-s-a-hard-conversation-to-have-healthcare-professionals-views-concerning-advance-care-discussions-with-young-people-affected-by-life-limiting-neuromuscular-diseases-an-interview-study
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Andy Hiscock, Stephen Barclay
OBJECTIVE: Life-limiting neuromuscular disease, such as some of the muscular dystrophies, are often diagnosed in early childhood: when death comes, commonly in the second or third decade of life, patients rarely have advance care plans in place or documented end-of-life care preferences. There is very limited literature concerning the discussions about end-of-life plans healthcare professionals have with young people affected by life-limiting neuromuscular diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the views and experiences of healthcare professionals concerning having discussions about advance care plans and end-of-life care with teenagers and young adult patients affected by life-limiting neuromuscular diseases...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592468/improving-health-care-provider-communication-in-end-of-life-decision-making
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Tracey Wilson, Cathy Haut, Bimbola Akintade
Critical care providers are responsible for many aspects of patient care, primarily focusing on preserving life. However, nearly 40% of patients who are admitted to an adult critical care unit will not survive. Initiating a conversation about end-of-life decision-making is a daunting task. Often, health care providers are not trained, experienced, or comfortable facilitating these conversations. This article describes a quality improvement project that identified current views on end-of-life communication in the intensive care unit and potential barriers that obstruct open discussion, and offering strategies for improvement...
2017: AACN Advanced Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546901/macrophages-as-effectors-of-acute-and-chronic-allograft-injury
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Yianzhu Liu, Malgorzata Kloc, Xian C Li
Organ transplants give a second chance of life to patients with end-stage organ failure. However, the immuno-logical barriers prove to be very challenging to overcome and graft rejection remains a major hurdle to long-term transplant survival. For decades, adaptive immunity has been the focus of studies, primarily based on the belief that T cells are necessary and sufficient for rejection. With better-developed immunosuppressive drugs and protocols that effectively control adaptive cells, innate immune cells have emerged as key effector cells in triggering graft injury and have therefore attracted much recent attention...
December 2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544056/exploring-the-knowledge-attitudes-and-needs-of-advance-care-planning-in-older-chinese-australians
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S S Yap, K Chen, K M Detering, S A Fraser
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to identify factors that influence the engagement of Chinese-Australians with advance care planning (ACP). BACKGROUND: Despite the benefits of ACP there is a low prevalence of ACP in the Chinese-Australian community. Reasons for this are often cited as cultural considerations and taboos surrounding future medical planning and death, however, other logistical factors may also be important. DESIGN: This qualitative study used a thematic analysis grounded theory approach to explore facilitators and barriers to engagement in ACP...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462236/palliative-and-end-of-life-care-conversations-in-copd-a-systematic-literature-review
#17
REVIEW
Nuno Tavares, Nikki Jarrett, Katherine Hunt, Tom Wilkinson
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic life-limiting disorder characterised by persistent airflow obstruction and progressive breathlessness. Discussions/conversations between patients and clinicians ensure palliative care plans are grounded in patients' preferences. This systematic review aimed to explore what is known about palliative care conversations between clinicians and COPD patients. A comprehensive search of all major healthcare-related databases and websites was performed following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines...
April 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417132/awareness-and-attitudes-of-community-dwelling-individuals-in-singapore-towards-participating-in-advance-care-planning
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Qin Xiang Ng, Tricia Zl Kuah, Germaine Jm Loo, Wilbert Hh Ho, Norbert L Wagner, Judy Gk Sng, Grace Mj Yang, Bee Choo Tai
INTRODUCTION: Advance care planning (ACP) is an important aspect of end-of-life care that has been shown to improve patient autonomy in decision-making and reduce stress for surviving family members. Given the rapidly ageing population in Singapore, a greater emphasis on end-of-life care planning is needed. This study therefore sought to examine the awareness and attitudes of the general Singaporean community towards participating in ACP, which are not known hitherto. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 24-item interviewer-administered questionnaire was constructed and administered via door-to-door survey amongst community-dwelling residents living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats across Singapore, selected via a two-stage stratified random sampling...
March 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384309/-if-i-had-stayed-back-home-i-would-not-be-alive-any-more%C3%A2-exploring-end-of-life-preferences-in-patients-with-migration-background
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Piret Paal, Johannes Bükki
BACKGROUND: In patients with life-limiting conditions and a history of migration, a higher risk of not dying at home and limited access to palliative care services has been reported. AIM: To explore the views and end-of-life preferences of patients with a migration history in Germany and to identify migration specific themes. DESIGN: Two-armed study using Kaufmann's 'understanding interview' ('focused interview') method and grounded theory approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345473/exploring-end-of-life-care-for-south-asian-kidney-patients-interviewer-reflections
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Emma Wilkinson, Muhammad Waqar, Balbir Gill, Pina Hoque, Champa Jetha, Kulwinder Kaur Bola, Riffat Mahmood, Sultan Mahmood, Rita Saujani, Gurch Randhawa
The reduction of inequalities in access to quality care has been a central tenet of UK health policy. Ethnic minorities may experience additional inequalities because of language and other cultural barriers. This article reports interviewer reflections of conducting interviews with South Asian kidney patients about their experiences of end-of-life care. It explores themes which emerged from the analysis of a focus group held with eight bilingual research interviewers. The relevance of these themes to understanding inequalities and access to end-of-life care is discussed; together with the potential for the research process to contribute to service improvement...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
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