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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162145/reducing-hospital-admissions-in-remote-australia-through-the-establishment-of-a-palliative-and-chronic-disease-respite-facility
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Timothy A Carey, Mick Arundell, Kellie Schouten, John S Humphreys, Fred Miegel, Simon Murphy, John Wakerman
BACKGROUND: There are limited respite services for palliative care patients and their families in the Northern Territory (NT). The high prevalence of complex chronic diseases, limited access to primary care services, and the poor living situations of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians result in high hospitalisation rates and pressure on tertiary health services. Palliative Care NT identified a need for a flexible, community based, culturally appropriate respite service in Alice Springs...
November 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033364/-recurrent-cystisis-no-medicine-preventive-means
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A Julien
OBJECTIVE: To estimate from the literature review, the interest of hygienic and behavioural measures and the use of food supplements (herbal) to prevent female urinary tract infection. METHODS: Pubmed research was focused on the efficiency of prophylactic measures in recurrent cystisis management. RESULTS: Due to many predisposing factors such as anatomical charasteristics, hydration and lifestyle, cystisis is more common in female subjects than in male...
November 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803827/caring-for-the-caregiver-supporting-families-of-youth-with-special-health-care-needs
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Mariecel Pilapil, Daniel J Coletti, Cindy Rabey, David DeLaet
Caregivers of youth with special health care needs (YSHCN) are a critical part of the health care team. It is important for pediatric providers to be cognizant of the burden and strain caregiving can create. This article will discuss the health, psychological, social, and financial effects of caregiving, as well as strategies to screen for caregiver strain among families of YSHCN. Caregivers of YSHCN, for example, are more likely to report poor health status and demonstrate higher rates of depression and anxiety...
August 10, 2017: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744243/the-odyssey-of-dental-anxiety-from-prehistory-to-the-present-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Enrico Facco, Gastone Zanette
Dental anxiety (DA) can be considered as a universal phenomenon with a high prevalence worldwide; DA and pain are also the main causes for medical emergencies in the dental office, so their prevention is an essential part of patient safety and overall quality of care. Being DA and its consequences closely related to the fight-or-flight reaction, it seems reasonable to argue that the odyssey of DA began way back in the distant past, and has since probably evolved in parallel with the development of fight-or-flight reactions, implicit memory and knowledge, and ultimately consciousness...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739573/quality-assurance-audit-of-technique-failure-and-90-day-mortality-after-program-discharge-in-a-canadian-home-hemodialysis-program
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Nikhil Shah, Frances Reintjes, Mark Courtney, Scott W Klarenbach, Feng Ye, Kara Schick-Makaroff, Kailash Jindal, Robert P Pauly
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Little is known about patients exiting home hemodialysis. We sought to characterize the reasons, clinical characteristics, and pre-exit health care team interactions of patients on home hemodialysis who died or underwent modality conversion (negative disposition) compared with prevalent patients and those who were transplanted (positive disposition). DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted an audit of all consecutive patients incident to home hemodialysis from January of 2010 to December of 2014 as part of ongoing quality assurance...
July 24, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707846/palliative-sedation-ethical-aspects
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Guido Miccinesi, Augusto Caraceni, Marco Maltoni
Palliative sedation (PS), the medical act of decreasing a patient's awareness to relieve otherwise intractable suffering, is considered by some commentators to be controversial because of its consequences on residual survival and/or quality of life, and to be inappropriate for treating pure existential suffering. We will argue that PS must be always proportional, i.e. controlling refractory symptoms while keeping the loss of personal values (communication, affective relationships, care relationship) as low as possible, and that imminence of death is necessary too, from an ethical point of view, if a deep and continuous sedation (DCS) is proposed...
July 12, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641378/staff-perceptions-of-key-factors-guiding-nursing-home-search-and-selection-within-the-veterans-health-administration
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Edward Alan Miller, Stefanie Gidmark, Emily Gadbois, James L Rudolph, Orna Intrator
Background and Objectives: Veterans enter nursing homes (NHs) for short-term postacute, rehabilitation, respite, or end-of-life care. They also enter NHs on a long-term basis due to frailty, disability, functional deficits, and cognitive impairment. Little is known about how a particular NH is chosen once the decision to enter a NH has been made. This study identified VA staff perceptions of the key factors influencing the search and selection of NHs within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)...
June 21, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578815/three-years-experience-with-the-first-pediatric-hospice-in-asia
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Kohei Ando, Makoto Nabetani, Nobuyuki Yotani, Tatsushi Rin, Hiroyuki Sano
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric hospice has been the adoption of several service provision models in highly developed countries such as UK, Germany, Australia or Canada for a few decades, yet it has seldom been the case in the Asian Continent. This study aimed to evaluate the newest challenge for the children with Life-threatening illness (LTI) and described the characteristic of pediatric palliative care at the first pediatric hospice in Japan. METHODS: A retrospective review of all patients at our pediatric hospice in these three years was conducted...
May 31, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542120/deaths-from-alzheimer-s-disease-united-states-1999-2014
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Christopher A Taylor, Sujay F Greenlund, Lisa C McGuire, Hua Lu, Janet B Croft
Alzheimer's disease (Alzheimer's), an ultimately fatal form of dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 3.6% of all deaths in 2014 (1,2). Alzheimer's deaths can be an indicator of paid and unpaid caregiver burden because nearly everyone in the final stages of Alzheimer's needs constant care, regardless of the setting, as the result of functional and cognitive declines (2). To examine deaths with Alzheimer's as the underlying cause, state-level and county-level death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System for the period 1999-2014 were analyzed...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471395/after-the-visit-an-overview-of-government-and-community-programs-supporting-children-with-medical-complexity
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REVIEW
Kaitlyn B Olson
The optimal care of children with medical complexity (CMC) requires involvement from a network of professionals that includes physicians, nurses, ancillary service providers, and educators. Pediatric health care providers typically have early and frequent contact with the families of CMC. Therefore, they are in a unique position to connect families to developmental, educational, and psychosocial supports. This article reviews important government and community programs that support CMC living in the United States...
May 4, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371802/u-s-veteran-health-care-utilization-increases-after-caregivers-use-of-national-caregiver-telephone-support-line
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Joan M Griffin, Cari Malcolm, Pamela Wright, Emily Hagel Campbell, Margaret Kabat, Ann K Bangerter, Nina A Sayer
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the national Caregiver Support Line (CSL) in February 2011. The CSL is operated by licensed master's degree social workers who provide caregivers of veterans with information about caregiver benefits and services, counseling, and referrals to a caregiver support coordinator at the nearest VA medical center. The authors compared differences in veteran health care utilization patterns in the six months before and after a caregiver call to the CSL, hypothesizing that veterans with caregivers using the CSL had improved access to health care services and improved access increased utilization of health care...
May 1, 2017: Health & Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156624/a-study-of-discrepancy-between-laboratory-calculated-and-weight-based-glomerular-filtration-rate-gfr-as-a-marker-of-renal-function-in-a-palliative-care-population
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Miriam Colleran
58 Background: Renal function is important in a palliative care population and can impact on frequently-used medications including chemotherapeutic agents, opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and neuropathic agents. In local practice, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), calculated on a presumed weight of 70kg, is displayed in laboratory results. However, the weight of palliative patients varies considerably, for example, due to cancer cachexia or malabsorption and a considerable population weigh less than 70kg...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056956/effectiveness-of-regionally-specific-immunotherapy-for-the-management-of-canine-atopic-dermatitis
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Jon D Plant, Moni B Neradilek
BACKGROUND: Canine atopic dermatitis is a common pruritic skin disease often treated with allergen immunotherapy (AIT). AIT in dogs traditionally begins with attempting to identify clinically relevant environmental allergens. Current allergen testing methodologies and immunotherapy techniques in dogs are not standardized. Immunotherapy with a mixture of allergenic extracts selected based on regional aerobiology rather than intradermal tests or serum IgE assays has been described. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of regionally-specific immunotherapy in dogs with atopic dermatitis...
January 5, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042064/homeless-individuals-approaching-the-end-of-life-symptoms-and-attitudes
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Matthew Tobey, Julia Manasson, Kristen Decarlo, Katrina Ciraldo-Maryniuk, Jessie M Gaeta, Erica Wilson
CONTEXT: Over a million individuals in the United States experience homelessness annually and homeless individuals die at a higher rate than domiciled peers. Homeless individuals often have unique experiences at the end of life (EOL). OBJECTIVES: This study examined the symptoms experienced by homeless individuals nearing the EOL and explored social background, attitudes, and experiences. METHODS: Investigators conducted surveys of homeless individuals approaching the EOL at a medical respite home...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942057/a-nested-case-control-study-to-determine-the-incidence-and-factors-associated-with-unanticipated-admissions-following-day-care-surgery
#15
Madhurita Singh, Manickam Ponniah, K S Jacob
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Day care surgery offers respite from hospitalisation for specific surgical procedures and has many advantages. However, occasionally patients who undergo such surgery require hospitalisation for unanticipated complications. We aimed to determine their incidence and to identify factors associated with unanticipated admissions in a tertiary care hospital in South India. METHODS: During the 3-month study, 63 cases requiring admission and 126 randomly selected controls were taken from the 776 procedures that were performed were compared...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896838/children-with-medical-complexity-a-scoping-review-of-interventions-to-support-caregiver-stress
#16
REVIEW
H Edelstein, J Schippke, S Sheffe, S Kingsnorth
BACKGROUND: Caring for children with chronic and complex medical needs places extraordinary stress on parents and other family members. A scoping review was undertaken to identify and describe the full range of current interventions for reducing caregiver stress. METHODS: Applying a broad definition of caregiver stress, a systematic search of three scientific databases (CINAHL, Embase and Ovid Medline), a general internet search and hand searching of key peer-reviewed articles were conducted...
November 29, 2016: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614962/parental-views-on-otitis-media-systematic-review-of-qualitative-studies
#17
REVIEW
Shingisai Chando, Christian Young, Jonathan C Craig, Hasantha Gunasekera, Allison Tong
UNLABELLED: This study aims to describe parental experiences and perspectives of caring for a child with otitis media. We conducted a systematic review of qualitative studies on parental perspectives on caring for a child with otitis media. We searched electronic databases to July 2015. Seventeen studies involving 284 participants from six countries were included. We identified seven themes: diminishing competency (guilt over failure to identify symptoms, helpless and despairing, fear of complications, disempowered and dismissed); disrupting life schedules (disturbing sleep, interfering with work, burden on family); social isolation (stigma and judgement, sick consciousness); threatening normal development (delaying growth milestones, impairing interpersonal skills, impeding education); taking ownership (recognising symptoms, diagnostic closure, working the system, protecting against physical trauma, contingency planning); valuing support (needing respite, depending on community, clinician validation); and cherishing health (relief with treatment success, inspiring resilience)...
October 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27550644/respite-needs-of-families-receiving-palliative-care
#18
Christine H Smith, Carol A Graham, Anthony R Herbert
AIM: The care of a child with a life-limiting condition proves an emotional, physical and financial strain on the family that provides care for their child. Respite care is one way which allows carers to receive some relief and support in the context of this burden of care. The provision of and the requirements for respite in this context is poorly understood. This survey aims to describe the types of respite care families receive, the respite that they would ideally receive and the barriers that prevent this...
February 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27535079/pharmacist-screening-for-risk-of-osteoporosis-in-elderly-veterans
#19
Brent E Salvig, Alev H Gulum, Stephanie A Walters, Leigh B Edwards, T Neal Fourakre, Susan C Marvin, Michael S McKenzie, Michelle V Moseley, Ishrat J Ansari
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of pharmacist screening for osteoporosis risk with increased bone mineral density (BMD) testing. DESIGN: Prospective, quasi-experiment. SETTING: Veterans Affairs medical center Community Living Centers (CLC), home-based primary care, and outpatient geriatric clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with a routine pharmacist interaction were included. Exclusion criteria included hospice, dialysis, and respite care...
2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27430257/improving-the-quality-of-life-of-palliative-and-chronic-disease-patients-and-carers-in-remote-australia-with-the-establishment-of-a-day-respite-facility
#20
Timothy A Carey, Kellie Schouten, John Wakerman, John S Humphreys, Fred Miegel, Simon Murphy, Mick Arundell
BACKGROUND: In the Northern Territory (NT) there is a lack of respite services available to palliative care patients and their families. Indigenous people in the NT suffer substantially higher rates of poorly controlled chronic disease and premature mortality associated with poor heath than the Australian population as a whole. The need for a flexible, community based, culturally appropriate respite service in Alice Springs was identified and, after the service had been operating for 10 months, a qualitative evaluation was conducted to investigate the experiences of people involved in the use and operation of the service...
July 18, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
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