Show us your #PallimedValentines
Last year the NorthEast Palliatiors from Carolinas Healthcare shared part of their team wellness activity with a Valentine's day theme. This year they shared more Valentine's cards they made and even a team-built poem:An Ode to Palliative Care.SinceFebruary is National Heart Month, and Valentine's is next week, we would love to see the creativity of your hospice and palliative care teams! I'm sure you have at least one Interdisciplinary Team meeting next week, and you probably have some time allotted for education or self-care/team wellness, so let's see what you can do!Check out our slideshow below or ouralbum on Facebook for some great examples!Your Valentine's Day creations should integrate a hospice or palliative care theme. We encourage you to keep it positive and affirming, because this may reach a very wide audience and we want to put our best foot forward.To share your#PallimedValentines with us:1.Post it toFacebook,Twitter orInstagram2.Add the hashtag #PallimedValentines3.Tag us! @Pallimed on Facebook/Twitter, and@pallimedblog on Instagram (Optional, but it helps us find them and might get your post shared more quickly!)4. Also follow and like us if you are not doing that already.We'll feature some of the best ones here and across our social media platforms.#PallimedValentines
ConclusionESTS volumes may change substantially during RT in 59% of all patients, leading to plan adaptations due to increased volumes in 8%. Daily critical observation of these patients is mandatory to avoid geographical misses (due to increase in size) as well as overdosing of normal tissues (when masses shrink).
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal motor neuron disease that occurs in 4 among 100 000 people in the United States. Individuals with ALS gradually lose their ability to control voluntary muscles, diminishing their ability to communicate. A comprehensive multidatabase search retrieved 31 qualitative research articles that addressed persons with end-of-life experiences with ALS. Inclusion/exclusion criteria were applied and a critical appraisal was applied for the final 8 included articles. First-person data extraction from the final articles represented emergence of 3 themes significant to persons with ALS: deci...
A 15-year-old boy with autism and swallowing dysfunction presented with a 6-month history of fatigue, intermittent abdominal pain, and weight loss. He later became febrile and had multiple episodes of coffee ground emesis and melena stools. An upper endoscopy showed an esophageal mass, and a subsequent 18F-FDG PET/CT scan confirmed this finding. PET/CT also revealed metastatic disease in local lymph nodes, thus upstaging the patient and indicating poor prognosis. Consideration of these severe results and the patient’s quality of life helped guide decision making in patient management, with the ultimate decision to pu...
Background: Pain in people with cancer is common but often under-recognized and under-treated. Guidelines can improve the quality of pain care, but need targeted strategies to support implementation. Aim: To test the feasibility of two service-level strategies for supporting guideline implementation: a screening system and medical record audit. Design: Multimethods. Setting: One oncology outpatient service, and one palliative care outpatient and inpatient service. Participants: Patients with advanced cancer.
Effect of home-based specialised palliative care and dyadic psychological intervention on caregiver anxiety and depression: a randomised controlled trial, Published online: 14 November 2018; doi:10.1038/s41416-018-0193-8Effect of home-based specialised palliative care and dyadic psychological intervention on caregiver anxiety and depression: a randomised controlled trial
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Ahead of Print.
Methadone is a long-acting opioid known for its unique pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties. Most research on methadone in children is limited to its effect on the prolongation of the corrected QT (QTc) interval.
Destination therapy (DT) patients face significant challenges as they transition from chronic LVAD support to comfort-oriented care . Integration of Palliative Medicine (PM) into the multidisciplinary team is important to facilitate advanced care planning and improve quality of life (QoL).
The coping with death competence is of great importance for palliative care professionals, who face daily exposure to death. It can keep them from suffering compassion fatigue and burnout, thus enhancing the quality of the care provided. Despite its relevance, there are only two measures of professionals ’ ability to cope with death. Specifically, the Coping with Death Scale (CDS) has repeatedly shown psychometric problems with some of its items.
Thilini Liyanage, Geoffrey Mitchell, Hugh Senior