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Latest advances in end-of-life care to be featured at Tampa conference
A national conference focusing on the latest advances and issues in end-of-life care will be held Thursday, November 6, at the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. (2003-10-22)

How do people in Africa want to die?
Terminally ill people in Africa want to die at home without pain, stigma, or financial hardship. Yet two articles in this week's BMJ show how poverty, limited healthcare services, and poor access to pain relief are major barriers to improving end of life care. (2003-07-24)

Researchers study experiences of hospice nurses with patients who hasten death
New England Journal of Medicine publishes a report by Oregon researchers on the first study to document hospice nurse experiences with terminally ill patients who deliberately refuse food and water to hasten their deaths. (2003-07-23)

Changing how America deals with living and dying
UC Davis Medical Center today was named a Circle of Life Award winner. It was recognized for its West Coast Center for Palliative Care Education and Research, a program of the UC Davis School of Medicine that improves the care of patients near the end of life or with life-threatening conditions. (2003-07-14)

Study indicates hospice model inadequate for frail elderly with progressive decline
Current hospice care is modeled on patients who have diseases, such as cancer, which are characterized by rapid declines in the ability to care for oneself shortly before death. This model is inadequate for elderly who are dependent on others for basic daily care and whose decline toward death may take years, according to researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). (2003-04-03)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, February 18, 2003
Annals of Internal Medicine is published by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM). This week's titles include: Medicare spending varies widely by region but more money doesn't necessarily mean better care, access, outcomes, or patient satisfaction; Patients in phase 1 trials should not be denied hospice benefits; Interferon after tumor removal reduced risk for recurring liver cancer. (2003-02-17)

Cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials do better when they receive palliative care
Contrary to common wisdom, cancer treatment is not disrupted -- but may be enhanced -- when interventions designed to improve patients' physical, functional, emotional and social well-being are provided during clinical trials, according to a study by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center. (2002-05-21)

Growing need for long-term care services among aging inmate population, study finds
With stricter sentencing policies, states are facing a growing prison population of aging inmates. In addition, there are younger, disabled inmates who need long-term health care assistance. A Penn State study examines ad-hoc and planned strategies used by one state's correctional system to deal with these needs, and suggests ways to deal with inmates' long-term care needs at prisons nationwide. (2001-09-25)

Cedars-Sinai Sept. Tip Sheet focuses on coping with anxiety (kids, teens, adults)
In the aftermath of Sept. 11 events, this month's Tip Sheet from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center focuses on coping with anxiety and includes experts and information for kids, teens and adults. Included are: 1) Teen Hotline Helps Young People Cope with Recent Tragedy; 2) Psychological Trauma Center Offers (2001-09-20)

Hospice care in nursing homes can reduce end-of-life hospital stays
The presence of hospice care in a nursing home cuts cumbersome and costly hospital stays for elderly residents in the last days of life, says a new Brown study in the American Journal of Medicine. (2001-07-23)

Annals of Internal Medicine, Tip Sheet, June 19, 2001
1). Diet Low in Fat, High in Fruits, Vegetables Good for Heart and Blood Vessels 2). Doctors Often Not Open With Dying Patients About Chances for Survival (2001-06-18)

Medicare rules restrict good care for dying patients
A recent report by researchers at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and RAND found that many health care providers believe that Medicare regulations block them from providing good care to dying patients. (2001-05-06)

Physicians can do more to ensure quality of life for terminally ill patients
Physicians can do more and involve additional people in the care of the terminally ill patients to ensure that their quality of life doesn't deteriorate in their final days. (2001-01-02)

Study reveals barriers to effective doctor-patient communication
Patients with chronic heart failure often feel unable to ask their doctors questions about their illness and believe that doctors are reluctant to provide them with too much knowledge, finds new research in this week's BMJ. (2000-09-07)

Study reveals barriers to effective doctor-patient communication
Patients with chronic heart failure often feel unable to ask their doctors questions about their illness and believe that doctors are reluctant to provide them with too much knowledge, finds new research. The study suggests that more effective communication between doctors and heart failure patients is urgently needed. (2000-09-06)

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet for March 21, 2000
Five papers on assisted suicide are published in the March 21, 2000, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The papers come from a diverse panel convened by the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics. (2000-03-20)

Optimistic prognoses for terminally ill patients may be detrimental to their care
Many doctors inaccurately predict prognoses for terminally ill patients and most overestimate how long patients will survive, find researchers from Chicago in this week's BMJ. (2000-02-17)

Doctors overestimate survival times for terminal patients
Doctors who refer patients to hospice care are systematically overoptimistic. They predicted that their dying patients would live 5.3 times longer than they actually did. In only 20 percent of cases were the doctors' predictions accurate. Such prognostic inaccuracy may result in unsatisfactory end- of-life care. (2000-02-17)

Improving End-Of-Life Care For Terminally Ill
The three-year study, called the Palliative Care Project, challenges the current model of medical care in which terminally ill patients must choose between continued medical treatment from conventional health care providers and the supportive benefits of hospice care. (1999-01-12)

OHSU Study Shows Bright Pink Form Effective In Helping Patients Communicate End-Of-Life Care Wishes
A bright pink form developed and widely distributed in Oregon has been effective in helping terminally ill patients set limits on aggressive life-extending treatments.Results of a study on the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form are being published this week. (1998-09-02)

New Medicare-Certified Hospice Care Program Now Available At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
A new Medicare-certified, family-centered Hospice Care Program is now available at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. To commemorate the opening of this important community service, the medical center will host an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 4- 7 p.m. The Open House is open to patients, their families and community leaders, and will be held at the hospice offices located in the Goodson Building, 444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 103, Los Angeles. (1998-07-30)

Does Palliative Care Have A Role In treatment Of Anorexia Nervosa?
A patient with longstanding and severe anorexia nervosa who was transferred from a psychiatric unit to a hospice, where she died. Dr. Christopher Williams et al from St. James's University Hospital in Leeds argue that patients with anorexia should be actively treated, whereas Dr. Lynne Russon and Dr. Dawn Alison from the palliative care team at the same hospital put forward the case for palliative care. (1998-07-17)

Underuse Of Hospice Care Hurts Patients, Wastes Money
Hospice care is woefully underused in this country, resulting in needless suffering and wasted money. Most patients who enroll in hospice programs, especially those with cancer, arrive too late in the course of their illness to make the most of this type of care, report researchers in the July 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. (1996-07-18)

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