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Unique case of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome in palliative care
The medical use of cannabis is growing. Medical marijuana may improve symptoms including pain and anorexia. (2019-06-10)
For dying patients, early plans can improve quality of life
Careful documentation of a hospice patient's end-of-life wishes -- and prominently noting that information in health records early -- could prevent unwanted hospitalizations and medical interventions, a new study suggests. (2019-06-06)
Unequal pain relief at home for dying patients
Pain relief and end of life care is not being provided equally to people with advanced progressive diseases who were at home during their last three months of life, according to a study of 43,000 people who died across England. (2019-03-21)
How common, preventable are sepsis-associated deaths in hospitals?
This study estimates how common sepsis-related deaths are in hospitals and how preventable those deaths might be. (2019-02-15)
A terrible choice: Cancer treatment or hospice care, but not both
Colorado studies explore costs, benefits, and experiences of veterans receiving concurrent cancer treatment and hospice care; their findings may provide the basis for wider adoption of this nonstandard practice. (2018-11-28)
Health professionals need support to help children of terminally ill patients
Health professionals require more guidance to prepare and support children when a parent is dying, a new study in the journal Palliative Medicine reports. (2018-11-05)
End-of-life care preferences of chinese adults vary based on whether they have children
Chinese adults who have children prefer to receive end-of-life care from family members at home, while those who lost their only child prefer to be cared for in hospice or palliative care institutions, finds a new study led by an international team of researchers and published in the November issue of The Journal of Palliative Medicine. (2018-11-01)
Study: Nursing homes increasingly pushing patients into rehab at end-of-life
A new study reveals a growing trend of potentially unnecessary -- and harmful -- high intensity rehabilitation services for residents of nursing homes. (2018-10-03)
Vatican-Based White Paper Presents Expert Consensus on Advancing Global Palliative Care
A new white paper, developed by the Vatican-based Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV), describes the broad-based, expert-led effort to develop recommendations for improving global palliative care. (2018-09-27)
Per-capita end-of-life spending is decreasing rapidly, according to new study
Contrary to other recent studies, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center find that end-of-life spending has been decreasing and contributing to the overall moderation of Medicare spending growth (2018-05-15)
Racial-ethnic disparities in the quality of end-of-life care among lung cancer patients
Significant disparities in the quality of end-of-life lung cancer care were found among racial-ethnic minorities, with higher odds of experiencing potentially preventable medical encounters during end-of-life as compared with non-Hispanic whites. (2018-05-10)
Medicare kidney failure patients enter hospice too late to reap full benefits
Late referrals to hospice drive up end-of-life costs and limit benefits for patients on dialysis. (2018-04-30)
How does it compare?: Hospice care at home, at assisted living facility, at nursing home
A new study from Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute compares quality of hospice services provided for patients living at home, in assisted living facility and in nursing homes as perceived by family members. (2018-02-15)
Include patient's bucket list in end-of-life care conversations
Talking to patients with chronic and serious illnesses about their life goals and bucket-lists can help clinicians present treatment options and participate in informed decision-making with a clearer understanding of the potential impact of medical treatments. (2018-02-08)
Landmark international study: CAR T-cell therapy safe and effective in youth with leukemia
Results of the global, multicenter, pivotal phase 2 study that led to the first FDA approval of a gene therapy/cell therapy approach known as CAR T-cell therapy, were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2018-01-31)
Early access to palliative care associated with better quality of life
Patients with advanced cancer have a significantly better quality of life in the weeks before they die if they receive early access to palliative care, according to research published today. (2018-01-31)
Wisdom at the end of life
In a paper publishing Jan. 24 in the journal International Psychogeriatrics, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine asked 21 hospice patients, ages 58 to 97 and in the last six months of their lives, to describe the core characteristics of wisdom and whether their terminal illnesses had changed or impacted their understanding of wisdom. (2018-01-24)
Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care
While more than 60 percent of patients with the brain tumors called malignant gliomas enroll in hospice services, almost a quarter of them do so within a week of death, probably too late for patients and family members to benefit from hospice care. (2017-12-20)
Researchers find racial disparities in intensity of care at the end of life
Different outcomes exist between blacks and whites receiving care from the same hospice. (2017-12-18)
Transfusion dependence a barrier to quality end-of-life care for some with leukemia
For patients with advanced leukemia, access to high-quality end-of-life care appears to be reduced in those dependent on blood transfusions, according to a new study being presented during the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta. (2017-12-11)
For leukemia patients, transfusion needs may delay hospice care
Researchers report that thousands of leukemia patients who received frequent transfusions had very short stays in hospice at the end of life, suggesting that transfusion dependence presents a barrier to making meaningful use of palliative care. (2017-12-09)
Majority of hospice workers don't have end-of-life wishes themselves
One might assume that health care providers, especially those dealing with terminally ill patients, such as hospice workers would have a living will or advance directive. (2017-11-09)
Playing a conversation game may encourage advance care planning
Few people may want to spend a Saturday night planning their end-of-life care, but playing a game designed to spur conversation about advance care planning may be a more enjoyable way to ease into the process, according to researchers. (2017-10-11)
Study examines racial differences in quality of end-of-life care
An analysis of survey data found no significant racial differences in various aspects of the quality of end-of-life care, although survey respondents reported deficiencies in the quality of end-of-life care for both black and white patients who died, including unmet symptom needs, problems with communication and less than optimal decision-making, according to an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2017-10-09)
Hospice offers comfort for older adults at end of life. Should we consider it sooner?
A team of researchers from Yale University has studied how soon older adults who were experiencing distressing symptoms and disability were admitted to hospice near the end of their lives. (2017-09-14)
Hospice care is short and may start later than needed
Older adults are admitted to hospice for short duration despite experiencing symptoms months prior to the end of life, according to a Yale-led study. (2017-09-12)
Sharp rise in common ownership
An analysis using a new way of measuring the financial links that tie together hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospices and home health agencies reveals a surprisingly large -- and rapidly growing -- degree of consolidation across various sectors of the health care industry. (2017-09-05)
Does Medicare/Medicaid incentive payment affect home hospice care in last week of life?
A new study has shown that the new Service Intensity Add-on (SIA) payment for in-person routine home hospice care during the last 7 days of life, which was added to Medicare/Medicaid coverage in 2016, could increase visits by registered nurses or social workers during a patient's last week of life. (2017-07-17)
Serious pain afflicts a third of nursing home residents in last 6 months of life
Many nursing home residents have a fairly pain-free experience until the end of life, but at least a third suffer persistent, significant pain during their last six months, according to a new study from the University of Manitoba, University of British Columbia and University of Alberta that could have implications for end-of-life care in Canada. (2017-06-29)
Aggressive care at end of life for advanced lung cancer patients linked to poorer outcomes
For patients with advanced cancer, aggressive care -- chemotherapy, mechanical ventilation, acute hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions -- at the end of life is commonplace. (2017-05-25)
Why fewer blood cancer patients receive hospice care
Research has shown that patients with blood cancers are less likely to enroll in hospice care than patients with solid cancers, and the findings from a national survey suggest that concerns about the adequacy of hospice may prevent blood cancer specialists from referring their patients. (2017-05-22)
Family Medicine and Community Health journal volume 5, issue number 1 publishes
The Spring 2017 issue a special issue entitled 'The Global Burden of Preventable Cancer Mortality,' Guest Editor: Roger J. (2017-05-09)
Allina Health shares LifeCourse model at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
In an Allina Health study, the LifeCourse care model improved patient experience and reduced costs for people with serious illnesses. (2017-04-27)
LifeCourse meets Triple Aim for late life care
Late life support care study showed extensive cost reductions and improved patient satisfaction. (2017-04-17)
During late life, what's important changes
Supportive late life care improves experience and cost, and model can be replicated. (2017-03-27)
Study compares hospice care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and patient homes
A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found only minimal differences in the intensity of hospice services provided in nursing homes as compared to hospice services provided to patients in assisted living facilities or their homes. (2017-03-23)
Care received at end of life varies drastically by state
People with serious illness or frailty in Oregon are more likely to have their end-of-life care wishes honored, and, consequently, less likely to be hospitalized and more likely to use home hospice services compared with Washington state and the rest of the country, according to data published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2017-03-15)
Radiation therapy continues to be gold standard to palliate painful bone metastases
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently published an updated clinical guideline that underscores the safety and effectiveness of palliative radiation therapy (RT) for treating painful bone metastases. (2017-02-14)
Hospice caregivers should be screened early to prevent depression, anxiety
A study at the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that nearly one-quarter of caregivers were moderately or severely depressed and nearly one-third had moderate or severe anxiety. (2017-02-08)
E-cigarettes confirmed to be safer than smoking in long-term study
Smokers who manage to cut out smoking altogether may see a health benefit from switching to e-cigarettes. (2017-02-06)
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