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Palliative Care Curbs Depression and Trauma in HSCT Patients Palliative Care Curbs Depression and Trauma in HSCT Patients
A brief, inpatient palliative care intervention reduced both depression and PTSD symptoms in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), with sustained effects at 6 months.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Pressure on GP referrals linked to higher cancer mortality
Pressure on GPs to avoid over-referral may be driving high UK rates of mortality from colorectal cancer, research has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

Going Broke: Financial Concerns of Palliative Care Patients Going Broke: Financial Concerns of Palliative Care Patients
Financial concerns can negatively influence a patient's response to treatment and care.Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Case Challenge Source Type: news

Patients at end of life see few specialists
System not ‘fit for purpose’ say experts Related items fromOnMedica High staff turnover major barrier to improving end-of-life care in care homes End-of-life care heading for ‘meltdown’ without cash boost, warns cancer charity chief Palliative/end-of-life care provision a ‘postcode lottery’ in England (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Many May Get Hospice Care Too Late
Study suggests that most end-of-life care occurs in final 2 weeks Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: End of Life Issues, Palliative Care (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Triggers': A new tool to assess cancer patients' palliative needs
(European Society for Medical Oncology) A new tool to identify patients who would benefit from early palliative care will be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 10, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Novel Tool Identifies Palliative Care Needs Early in Cancer Novel Tool Identifies Palliative Care Needs Early in Cancer
Patients with cancer can have palliative care needs early after diagnosis, even in those with a good functional status, the results of a pilot study to integrate such care into oncological services show.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

'Triggers': A new tool to assess cancer patients' palliative needs
(European Society for Medical Oncology) A new tool to identify patients who would benefit from early palliative care will be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Suicide in palliative care setting - Choy CH.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

New Referral Pathway Cuts Palliative Radiotherapy Wait
Use of an advanced practice radiation therapist also reduces number of visits needed (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - September 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Nursing, Oncology, Radiology, Journal, Source Type: news

How to implement Advance Care Planning for patients
(Lancaster University) International recommendations for patient care in the last days of life have been drawn up by researchers.Emeritus Professor Sheila Payne from the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University helped conduct the study commissioned by the European Association for Palliative Care and published in The Lancet Oncology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 5, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Leadership training pilot for 'vulnerable' palliative care nurses
A new leadership training programme for palliative care clinical nurse specialists has been launched in Glasgow to help tackle the increasing complexity of the role. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 4, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A parent ’s guide to clinical trials
Children with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, are often candidates for clinical trials. What are they? Which factors should parents weigh in determining whether enrolling in one is a good option for their child? Dr. Steven DuBois, director of the Advancing Childhood Cancer Therapies Clinic at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, answers questions about clinical trials. What are clinical trials? Why are they important? Clinical trials are systematic, scientific investigations of new drugs or therapies for a specific disease. Through clinical trials, we have taken many fatal ped...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 1, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Irene Sege Tags: Ask the Expert Research and Innovation clinical trial Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Dr. Steven DuBois Source Type: news

Palliative care makes only limited gains in Africa
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) An Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai student leads the first comprehensive analysis of African palliative care literature over past 12 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What's Hot at ESMO 2017? What's Hot at ESMO 2017?
Targeted therapy and immunotherapy in cancer are set to move from the palliative to the curative setting, according to new data to be presented at Europe's leading oncology congress.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

2017 Healthiest Employers: Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care
How this Tavares organization addressed coaching sessions that weren't working for its employees. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 25, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anjali Fluker Source Type: news

2017 Healthiest Employers: Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care
How this Tavares organization addressed coaching sessions that weren't working for its employees. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 25, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Anjali Fluker Source Type: news

South Africa: Kwazulu-Natal's Cancer Crisis Fuels Demand for End of Life Care
[Bhekisisa] Health workers brace for an increased need for palliative care as waiting lists grow. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Palliative Care Reduces Aggressive End-of-Life Interventions Palliative Care Reduces Aggressive End-of-Life Interventions
Consultation with a palliative care provider significantly reduces aggressive end-of-life care even when it's done at an advanced stage of a patient's cancer course.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Early Palliative Care Decreased Healthcare Use at End of Life
Participating in a palliative care consultation significantly decreased healthcare use of Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer at the end of life. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 24, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: End-of-Life Care News Palliative and Supportive Care Source Type: news

iMedicalApps: This Week's Top Medical Apps
(MedPage Today) -- Picks include ABFM self-assessment, palliative care, and cardiopulmonary rehab apps (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - August 24, 2017 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Early Palliative Care Decreased Healthcare Use at End of Life
Participating in a palliative care consultation significantly decreased healthcare use of Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancer at the end of life. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 23, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: End-of-Life Care News Palliative and Supportive Care Source Type: news

Palliative Care Cut Healthcare Use in Advanced Cancer (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Data show real-world influence in Medicare patients (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 22, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Ambulance trust teams up with charity to improve palliative care
A specialist ambulance service, involving a new charity nurse post, is being established to help ensure the wishes of terminally ill patients in the North East are respected. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner A Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Bonnie Freeman describes the journey that led to her ideal job, and what she does every day as a palliative care nurse practitioner.Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Article Source Type: news

New Tool for Spiritual Well-Being in Cancer Care New Tool for Spiritual Well-Being in Cancer Care
A new stand-alone measure for evaluating spiritual well-being in cancer patients receiving palliative care has now been finalized and validated in 10 languages.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

'Alternative cancer therapies' may increase your risk of death
Conclusion The results and conclusions of this study are clear: people who choose conventional treatments for cancer (such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone treatments) are likely to live longer than those who choose alternative medicine only. It's rare for people to choose to ignore conventional treatment completely when faced with a cancer diagnosis. More often, people choose to add complementary therapies to their conventional cancer treatment. This study doesn't apply to people combining conventional and complementary therapies. There are some limitations to the study to be aware of: As an observatio...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

Management of Sleep-Wake Disturbances Comorbid With Cancer
In both primary care and oncology settings, screening patients for sleep-wake disturbances comorbid with cancer and their daytime consequences can reduce the economic burden of untreated sleep problems. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 15, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Ann M. Berger, PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN Ashley M. Kenkel, PharmD, BCOP Ellyn E. Matthews, PhD, RN, AOCNS, CBSM, FAAN Tags: Oncology Journal Palliative and Supportive Care Source Type: news

Certified PAs Enhance Hospice and Palliative Care
With advanced education and experience that affords flexibility, Certified PAs can bring vital expertise and skills to palliative care teams. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 15, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Donna Seton, PA-C Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Staff Performance Source Type: news

PCORI Board approves nearly $74 million for research on palliative care
(Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved nearly $74 million to fund seven studies comparing the effectiveness of different strategies for delivering palliative care. These projects will focus on advanced care planning for patients with serious illnesses and examine which approaches to delivering palliative care to patients in the community work best to improve quality of care and quality of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fighting for the right to nurse
As a teenager Emily Heron had her career all mapped out – and it was quite unusual. Emily planned to be an aeronautical engineer with the RAF. She had completed an engineering diploma (the only female to do so at that time) and was taking A’ Levels with a view to embarking on officer training in the Air Force. She was a young woman on a mission. But then her life took a completely different turn. Five years ago Emily’s father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. He would need to go on dialysis. And his condition and its treatment were compounded by mental health issues. Emily wasn’t living at ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine 2017 Health Care Service Group Conference fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS NHS bursary save the NHS bursary student nurses Source Type: news

Survey on role of specialist palliative care in care homes
A survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes highlights the work they do and the challenges they face. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 11, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Results of a national survey of support to adult care homes in England: a specialist palliative care provider perspective
Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care -This survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes highlights the work they do and identifies the key challenges they face. The report, commissioned by Public Health England, undertaken by the Marie Curie Research Centre at Cardiff University, with input from the National Council for Palliative Care and Hospice UK, examines the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.ReportAmbitions for Palliative and End of Life Care - news (Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection)
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - August 10, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Quality of care and clinical outcomes Social care Source Type: news

Assessing the practice of palliative care doctors - what driving advice do they give patients with advanced disease? - Weir N, Fischer A, Good P.
BACKGROUND: There is little research and no clear guidelines for clinicians to follow when instructing patients with advanced disease about driving. AIMS: To investigate current practice in providing advice to patients with advanced disease and identify ar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives
September 6, 2017 1:00-2:00pm ET.(American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mending the Soul When the Heart Is Broken Mending the Soul When the Heart Is Broken
In this commentary, the author explores the critical, but under-studied role of palliative care in the management of heart failure patients.Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Fentanyl concern may demonise a vital drug | Letters
Dozens of UK drug deaths have been linked to the opioid fentanyl, but, when used legally, it can be a useful weapon in the fight against acute pain, sayMargaret GibbsandConrad HodgkinsonPlease be mindful of your potential to frighten people unnecessarily (Report, 1 August). Fentanyl is indeed between 100 and 150 times as potent as morphine but when used in the microgram doses available in commercial products it is as safe as any other strong opioid for the management of severe pain whether post-operative, chronic or towards the end of life. Clearly lacing street drugs with this molecule is highly dangerous but a broad-brus...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 4, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Drugs Science Society UK news Source Type: news

‘Wet’ care homes for older people with refractory alcohol problems: A qualitative study
Conclusion Placement in wet care homes is expensive, but they can have positive outcomes for individuals whose needs cannot be met elsewhere.  Costs may be offset by a reduction in the use of other health, social and criminal justice services.  Future research and service monitoring should include economic analysis. Further Information Contact details for corresponding author: Michelle McCann, Room B401, University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton LU1 3JU. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - August 4, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Nephrology Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Nephrology
A new review provides insight into the incorporation and utilization of palliative care services for patients with advanced and end-stage kidney disease.Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology Journal Article Source Type: news

Team8 visits Triad; nonprofit has new CEO; hospice groups expand
Mountain Valley Hospice& Palliative Care has opened a new hospice care center at 243 N. Lee Ave. in Yadkinville. The new SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin, which will be the first in-patient hospice facility in Yadkin County, will serve patients and their families from throughout the Yadkin Valley region. Totaling 11,000 square feet, the facility offers a private, home-like setting to provide end-of-life c are for patients who can no longer stay in their own home. It features six, 300-square-foot… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 3, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Todd Cohen Source Type: news

How One Intensivist (Unwittingly) Learned About Palliative Care How One Intensivist (Unwittingly) Learned About Palliative Care
In her book'Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life,'Dr Zitter chronicles how she shifted from seeing her work as treating organs and diseases to caring for the whole patient.Medscape Critical Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Expert Interview Source Type: news

Don't ask your doctor when you will die
Researchers from University College London say GPs and hospital doctors are using 'stone age' methods to identify which patients require palliative care. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 facts on palliative care
August 2017 Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

10 facts about palliative care
August 2017 Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Burnout: Like a Chronic Disease? Burnout: Like a Chronic Disease?
A palliative care clinician experiencing burnout views it like heart failure--a disease that can kill.Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Viewpoint Source Type: news

News From the Society
Receiving a national award is an honor, but when that award leads to action, energy, heightened staff morale, team building, and improved quality of life, it becomes a movement. That is true of the Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine ’s Quality Improvement& Health Outcomes Awards, where the recipients take a great idea and, through the award, grow it, build on it, revise it, and make it a shining example that inspires others. Ask Marian McNamara, RN, MSN, whose team at Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center& Home in Staten Island, NY, won the Foundation ’s 2017 QIHO Award for their pr...
Source: Caring for the Ages - July 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

Palliative care and its emerging role in Multiple System Atrophy and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
This review aims to discuss the trajectory of disease in MSA and PSP, explore significant symptoms and summarize some evidence which exists for palliative care need and quality of life in these conditions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

" Unexpected and distressing " : understanding and improving the experience of transferring palliative care inpatients to residential care
The authors researched the effects on patients, families and the multidisciplinary healthcare team of transition from a specialist palliative care facility to residential care, identified the barriers relating to the move and highlighted opportunities to improve clinical practice in this area. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Health Minister Wants Palliative Care in Basic Care Package
[Daily Trust] Umuahia -The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has said that the ministry would encourage key stakeholders in palliative care to ensure that it is included as an essential component in package of care across all settings. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How can doctors share bad news with patients?
Research shows that physicians are sometimes reluctant to have difficult conversations with their patients. Experienced physicians share their tips. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Palliative Care / Hospice Care Source Type: news