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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748593/the-use-of-life-review-to-enhance-spiritual-wellbeing-in-patients-with-terminal-illnesses-an-integrative-review
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Cecilia W M Kwan, Marques S N Ng, Carmen W H Chan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: An integrative review of the current literature on using life review as an intervention to address the spiritual need of patients with terminal illnesses. BACKGROUND: Palliative care highlights the holistic approach of care including the spiritual aspect. Life review has been used in palliative nursing intending to enhance patients' emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and quality of life. However, there is a lack of publications that provide a structured overview on life review programs and their effectiveness...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747535/palliative-care-in-end-stage-valvular-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Jill M Steiner, Stephanie Cooper, James N Kirkpatrick
Valvular heart disease (VHD), particularly aortic valve disease, is prevalent with increasing incidence. When surgery is not possible, or when risks outweigh benefits, percutaneous treatment options may offer effective alternatives. However, procedures may not always go as planned, and frail patients or those whose symptoms are caused by other comorbidities may not benefit from valve intervention at all. Significant effort should be made to assess frailty, comorbidities and patient goals prior to intervention...
August 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747236/broadening-end-of-life-comfort-to-improve-palliative-care-practices-in-long-term-care
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Tamara Sussman, Sharon Kaasalainen, Susan Mintzberg, Shane Sinclair, Laurel Young, Jenny Ploeg, Valérie Bourgeois-Guérin, Genevieve Thompson, Lorraine Venturato, Marie Earl, Patricia Strachan, John J You, Robin Bonifas, Margaret McKee
This study aimed to (1) explore how palliative care in long-term care (LTC) addresses the tensions associated with caring for the living and dying within one care community, and (2) to inform how palliative care practices may be improved to better address the needs of all residents living and dying in LTC as well as those of the families and support staff. This article reports findings from 19 focus groups and 117 participants. Study findings reveal that LTC home staff, resident, and family perspectives of end-of-life comfort applied to those who were actively dying and to their families...
July 27, 2017: Canadian Journal on Aging, la Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746664/what-do-cochrane-systematic-reviews-say-about-non-pharmacological-interventions-for-treating-cognitive-decline-and-dementia
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Vitória Carvalho Vilela, Rafael Leite Pacheco, Carolina Oliveira Cruz Latorraca, Daniela Vianna Pachito, Rachel Riera
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a highly prevalent condition worldwide. Its chronic and progressive presentation has an impact on physical and psychosocial characteristics and on public healthcare. Our aim was to summarize evidence from Cochrane reviews on non-pharmacological treatments for cognitive disorders and dementia. DESIGN AND SETTING: Review of systematic reviews, conducted in the Discipline of Evidence-Based Medicine, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo...
May 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745577/advanced-cancer-pain-the-search-for-genetic-factors-correlated-with-interindividual-variability-in-opioid-requirement
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Maja Matic, Joost Lm Jongen, Laure Elens, Saskia N de Wildt, Dick Tibboel, Peter Ae Sillevis Smitt, Ron Hn van Schaik
AIM: To assess association between genetic variants and opioid requirement in cancer patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: A prospective observational trial of 243 advanced cancer patients with inadequate analgesia treated by the palliative care team was analyzed for ABCB1, ARRB2, COMT, GCH1, IL1RN, KCNJ6, OPRM1, RHBDF2, SCN9A and Stat6 polymorphisms. RESULTS: For patients carrying OPRM1 118AG/GG and COMT 472GG (Val158Val) or these genotypes alone, a significant higher median percentage dose increase was observed (95...
July 26, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745177/assisted-dying-debate-highlights-need-to-prioritise-palliative-care
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(no author information available yet)
Nurse Alison Pickard's experience makes for difficult reading. She has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) and gave evidence in support of a change to the law on assisted dying in a High Court case in London.
July 26, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744675/potentially-inappropriate-medication-at-hospital-admission-in-patients-with-palliative-care-needs
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Daniel Sevilla-Sánchez, Núria Molist-Brunet, Jordi Amblàs-Novellas, Joan Espaulella-Panicot, Carles Codina-Jané
Background Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) are common in older patients with polypharmacy, and are related to negative clinical results. Little information is available on the characteristics and consequences of PIMs in patients with advanced chronic conditions and palliative care needs. Objective To evaluate, for this population: (i) the prevalence of PIMs; (ii) the possible risk factors associated with its onset; and (iii) the related clinical consequences. Setting Acute-hospital care Geriatric Unit (AGU) in County of Osona, Spain...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743187/severely-affected-by-parkinson-disease-the-patient-s-view-and-implications-for-palliative-care
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Julia Strupp, Anne Kunde, Maren Galushko, Raymond Voltz, Heidrun Golla
INTRODUCTION: People severely affected by Parkinson disease (PD)/atypical parkinsonism (AP) comprise a heterogeneous group with distinct needs, which so far remain largely unexamined. The aim of our study was to analyze reasons for feeling severely affected and document unmet needs in a patient subgroup severely affected by PD/AP using solely a subjective inclusion criterion. METHODS: Patients feeling severely affected by PD/AP were recruited via a magazine published by the German Parkinson Association...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742228/prevalence-and-predictors-of-conflict-in-the-families-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-nationwide-survey-of-bereaved-family-members
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Jun Hamano, Tatsuya Morita, Masanori Mori, Naoko Igarashi, Yasuo Shima, Mitsunori Miyashita
OBJECTIVES: Family conflict has several adverse impacts on caregivers. Thus, there is significant value in determining the prevalence and predictors of family conflict, which can enable the health care provider to intervene if family conflict arises during end-of-life care. Accordingly, we aimed to explore the prevalence and predictors of conflict among the families of patients with advanced cancer who died in palliative care units. METHODS: This study was a nationwide multicenter questionnaire survey of bereaved family members of cancer patients who died in Japanese palliative care units participating in evaluation of the quality of end-of-life care...
July 25, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741859/inpatient-palliative-care-referral-and-9-month-hospital-readmission-in-patients-with-congestive-heart-failure-a-linked-nationwide-analysis
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Katie Wiskar, Leo Anthony Celi, Keith R Walley, Clark Fruhstorpher, Barret Rush
OBJECTIVE: End-stage heart failure (HF) is characterized by high symptom burden and frequent hospitalization. Palliative Care (PC) is recommended for advanced HF, and there is some evidence in other diseases that this may reduce readmission rates. We attempted examine the association of an inpatient PC visit on hospital readmission for patients admitted with HF. METHODS: Retrospective linked nationwide analysis from 2013 with 9-month follow-up for all hospital readmissions for patients admitted with HF exacerbations using the Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739539/medication-reviews-bridging-healthcare-medbridge-study-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomised-crossover-trial
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Thomas G H Kempen, Maria Bertilsson, Karl-Johan Lindner, Johanna Sulku, Elisabet I Nielsen, Angelica Högberg, Tomas Vikerfors, Håkan Melhus, Ulrika Gillespie
BACKGROUND: Mismanaged prescribing and use of medication among elderly puts major pressure on current healthcare systems. Performing a medication review, a structured critical examination of a patient's medications, during hospital stay with active follow-up into primary care could optimise treatment benefit and minimise harm. However, a lack of high quality evidence inhibits widespread implementation. This manuscript describes the rationale and design of a pragmatic cluster-randomised, crossover trial to fulfil this need for evidence...
July 21, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738035/palliative-care-and-phase-1-trials-intervention-to-improve-quality-of-life-and-provide-education%C3%A2
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Betty R Ferrell, Vincent Chung, Marianna Koczywas, Anna Cathy Williams, Denise Gallagher, Patricia Fischer, Thomas J Smith
BACKGROUND: Patients in phase 1 clinical trials often have significant symptom burdens and quality-of-life concerns that increase as they progress along the cancer trajectory and experience drug toxicities from the clinical trial. 
. OBJECTIVES: The interdisciplinary intervention described is aimed at providing optimum palliative care to support patients with solid tumors participating in a phase 1 clinical trial.
. METHODS: The intervention includes a baseline evaluation using quantitative surveys, a comprehensive palliative care assessment by a research nurse based on patient baseline evaluation, and a goals-of-care discussion by the treating oncologist...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737996/integrating-palliative-and-oncology-care-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-quality-improvement-intervention
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Laura C Hanson, Frances Collichio, Stephen A Bernard, William A Wood, Matt Milowsky, Erin Burgess, Crista J Creedle, Summer Cheek, Lydia Chang, Bhisham Chera, Alexandra Fox, Feng-Chang Lin
BACKGROUND: Practice guidelines recommend palliative care for patients with advanced cancer, but gaps in access and quality of care persist. OBJECTIVE: To increase goals-of-care (GOC) communication for hospitalized patients with Stage IV cancer. METHODS: An interdisciplinary team designed a quality improvement intervention to enhance oncology palliative care, including training in communication skills and triggers for palliative care consults...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737455/-difficulties-in-communication-with-parents-of-pediatric-cancer-patients-during-the-transition-to-palliative-care
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Judit Nyirő, Péter Hauser, Szilvia Zörgő, Katalin Hegedűs
INTRODUCTION: Adequate communication by medical personnel is especially important at certain points during the treatment of childhood cancer patients. AIM: To investigate the timing and manner of communication with parents concerning the introduction of palliative care in pediatric oncology. METHOD: Structured interviews, containing 14 questions, were carried out with physicians working in pediatric oncology (n = 22). Codes were generated inductively with the aid of Atlas...
July 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736105/full-title-policy-measures-to-support-palliative-care-at-home-a-cross-country-case-comparison-in-three-european-countries
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Arno Maetens, Kim Beernaert, Luc Deliens, Régis Aubry, Lukas Radbruch, Joachim Cohen
BACKGROUND: The proportion of people in need of palliative care worldwide is rising, and the majority wish to receive this care at home. Many countries have created policy measures to support palliative care at home. AIM: To list and compare existing policy measures designed to support palliative care at home in addition to available primary care services in Belgium, France and Germany. METHODS: A cross-country case comparison based on expert consultation, governmental policy documents and relevant scientific literature...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736103/what-impact-do-chaplains-have-a-pilot-study-of-spiritual-aim-for-advanced-cancer-patients-in-outpatient-palliative-care
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Allison Kestenbaum, Michele Shields, Jennifer James, Will Hocker, Stefana Morgan, Shweta Karve, Michael W Rabow, Laura B Dunn
CONTEXT: Spiritual care is integral to quality palliative care. Although chaplains are uniquely trained to provide spiritual care, studies evaluating chaplains' work in palliative care are scarce. OBJECTIVES: The goals of this pre-post study, conducted among patients with advanced cancer receiving outpatient palliative care, were to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of chaplain-delivered spiritual care, utilizing the Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Model ("Spiritual AIM"); and to gather pilot data on Spiritual AIM's effects on spiritual well-being, religious and cancer-specific coping, and physical and psychological symptoms...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735270/subcutaneous-levetiracetam-for-the-management-of-seizures-at-the-end-of-life
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REVIEW
Anna Elizabeth Sutherland, John Curtin, Victoria Bradley, Olivia Bush, Maggie Presswood, Victoria Hedges, Katrien Naessens
OBJECTIVES: To report the results of a combined case series analysis of subcutaneous levetiracetam (Keppra) for the management of seizures in palliative care patients. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review on the use of subcutaneous levetiracetam was performed, and these data were combined with a prospective observational audit of its use in terminal care undertaken in a regional palliative care network. RESULTS: 7 papers were identified from the literature review-four case reports and three observational case series-reporting on a total of 53 cases where subcutaneous levetiracetam was administered...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734881/state-of-the-science-of-spirituality-and-palliative-care-research-part-ii-screening-assessment-and-interventions
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Tracy A Balboni, George Fitchett, George Handzo, Kimberly S Johnson, Harold Koenig, Kenneth Pargament, Christina Puchalski, Shane Sinclair, Elizabeth J Taylor, Karen E Steinhauser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734721/factors-influencing-survival-of-patients-with-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-and-synchronous-liver-metastases-receiving-palliative-care
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Huaqiang Ouyang, Weidong Ma, Fang Liu, Zhensong Yue, Minghui Fang, Manman Quan, Zhanyu Pan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and synchronous liver metastases (PACLM) have an extremely limited life expectancy. We performed a single-center analysis to explore the clinical results and prognostic factors of patients with PACLM receiving palliative care. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 189 patients undergoing palliative care at Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital over a 15-year period. Clinical characteristics, survival condition, and factors associated with survival were analyzed...
July 8, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733536/do-cancer-patients-with-dementia-receive-less-aggressive-treatment-in-end-of-life-care-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Huei-Kai Huang, Jyh-Gang Hsieh, Chia-Jung Hsieh, Ying-Wei Wang
Dementia is a progressive, incurable disease that can deprive patients of the ability to make decisions. This study determines whether dementia influences the medical care that a cancer patient receives at the end of life. We conducted a nationwide population-based cohort study on patients aged ≥20 with newly diagnosed cancer during 2000-2012. After matching to reduce confounders, there were 7,111 patients with and 28,444 without dementia. The adjusted odd ratios (OR) for medical interventions, including intensive care, palliative care, invasive procedures, and advanced diagnostic testing, were calculated for the final month and three months of life by a multiple logistic regression model...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
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