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Development and Validation of a Family Meeting Assessment Tool (FMAT)

21 hours 1 min ago
A cornerstone procedure in Palliative Medicine is to perform family meetings. Learning how to lead a family meeting is an important skill for physicians and others who care for patients with serious illnesses and their families. There is limited evidence on how to assess best practice behaviors during end of life family meetings.
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A systematic review of the patient and carer related factors affecting the experience of pain for advanced cancer patients cared for at home

21 hours 1 min ago
Effective pain management is a priority in the palliative care of advanced cancer patients. A body of research is emerging examining the factors that influence the management and experience of pain for such individuals. Identifying such factors should allow for the development of targeted interventions to improve pain management in the home while ultimately reducing unnecessary suffering for the patient.
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Does modality matter? Palliative care units associated with more cost-avoidance than consultations

August 22, 2017 - 12:00am
Inpatient palliative care is associated with reduced costs, but the optimal model for providing inpatient palliative care is unknown.
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Acculturation and Perceptions of a Good Death among Japanese Americans and Japanese Living in the United States

August 22, 2017 - 12:00am
Acculturation is the phenomenon of the attitudinal changes of individuals who come into continuous contact with another culture. Despite the long history of Japanese immigration to America, little is known about the impact of acculturation on perceptions of a good death.
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Spiritual Needs and Perception of Quality of Care and Satisfaction with Care in Oncology Patients: a Multi-cultural Assessment

August 22, 2017 - 12:00am
Assessment and response to patients’ spiritual concerns are crucial components of high quality supportive care. Better measures of spiritual needs across the cultural spectrum may help direct necessary interventions.
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Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients with Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy

August 22, 2017 - 12:00am
Patients with breast cancer who undergo chemotherapy (CTX) experience between 10 and 32 concurrent symptoms. An evaluation of how these symptoms cluster together and how these symptom clusters change over time may provide insights into how to treat these multiple co-occurring symptoms.
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Current Events (With Apologies to Leonard Cohen)

August 18, 2017 - 12:00am
Alas, FULL CODE
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Palliative Care In Romania

August 18, 2017 - 12:00am
Hospice Casa Sperantei has been pioneering palliative care development in Romania since 1992. The have developed specialist palliative care services in home-based settings, inpatient units, day care centers and as hospital support teams. They have provided national and international education programs for professionals in the palliative care field, as well as promoting palliative care integration in the healthcare system. Legislative improvements were adopted including funding mechanisms for the reimbursement of palliative care services through the health insurance funds, review of opioid policy, and quality standards of care.
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Meaning in life as a mediator between physical impairment and the wish to hasten death in patients with advanced cancer

August 16, 2017 - 12:00am
Meaning in life (MiL) is a key factor for ensuring spiritual wellbeing and quality of life among patients with life-threatening illnesses. However, the role of MiL in relation to the wish to hasten death (WTHD) and its interaction with other physical and psychological factors in patients with advanced cancer has not yet been studied.
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Palliative Care in Moldova

August 14, 2017 - 12:00am
Republic of Moldova gained independence in 1991. The transition to a democratic society and market economy was complicated by severe economic downturn, worsened living conditions and massive labor migration. In 2015, the total population of Moldova was 3,553,159 with 42.2% in urban areas and 57.5% in rural areas.1 Life expectancy at birth was 71.5 years and mortality rate was 11.2 per 1000 inhabitants, 15.3% were cancer related. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death with cancer following.
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Hospice, She Yelped: Examining the Quantity and Quality of Decision Support Available to Patient and Families Considering Hospice

August 14, 2017 - 12:00am
Whether to engage hospice is one of the most difficult medical decisions patients and families make. Meanwhile, misperceptions about hospice persist. Within this context, the breadth and depth of patient decision support materials for hospice is unknown.
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The Views of Clergy Regarding Ethical Controversies in Care at the End of Life

August 14, 2017 - 12:00am
While religion often informs ethical judgments, little is known about the views of American clergy regarding controversial end-of-life ethical issues including allowing to die and physician-aid in dying or physician-assisted suicide (PAD/PAS).
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Patient and caregiver-reported assessment tools for palliative care: summary of the 2017 AHRQ Technical Brief

August 14, 2017 - 12:00am
Assessment tools are data collection instruments that are completed by or with patients or caregivers and which collect data at the individual patient or caregiver level.
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Topical Medical Cannabis (TMC): A new treatment for wound pain-Three cases of Pyoderma Gangrenosum

August 14, 2017 - 12:00am
Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare. Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal. Thus, novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated.
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Psychometric Properties of the Fatigue Questionnaire EORTC QLQ-FA12 in a sample of female cancer patients

August 12, 2017 - 12:00am
. Cancer patients frequently suffer from fatigue. Recently, the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life group developed a new 12-item fatigue assessment instrument.
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“Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Psychometric Evaluation of the Turkish Version of the Cancer Behavior Inventory-Brief Version”

August 12, 2017 - 12:00am
Cancer Behavior Inventory-Brief Version is a simple and non-burdensome tool used to evaluate the self-efficacy of the cancer patients.
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Factors Associated with Use of U.S. Community-Based Palliative Care for Children with Life-Limiting or Life-Threatening Illnesses and Their Families: An Integrative Review

August 12, 2017 - 12:00am
As children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses live longer, challenges to meeting their complex health care needs arise in homes and communities, as well as in hospitals. Integrated knowledge regarding community-based pediatric palliative care (CBPPC) is needed to strategically plan for a seamless continuum of care for children and their families.
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Late-life suicide in terminal cancer: a rational act or under-diagnosed depression?

August 12, 2017 - 12:00am
Previous studies have reported significantly elevated standardised mortality rates in older people with cancer. Terminally ill people represent a unique group where suicide may be considered as rational.
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Unfinished Business in Families of Terminally Ill with Cancer Patients

August 12, 2017 - 12:00am
Unfinished business often causes psychological issues after bereavement. Providing care for families of terminally ill patients with cancer to prevent unfinished business is important.
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Is early palliative care feasible in patients with Multiple Myeloma?

August 12, 2017 - 12:00am
Evidence for the benefits of early palliative care (EPC) in patients with solid tumors is strong, but EPC has received scant attention in hematological malignancies.
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