Palliative Care Knowledge and Characteristics in Caregivers of Chronically Ill Children.

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There is a growing population of children with complex chronic conditions (CCCs) whose caregivers would benefit from palliative care (PC). However, little is known about caregivers’ PC awareness. We aimed […]

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Nurses’ Role in Providing Comprehensive Communication, Prognostication, and Palliative Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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This article presents the case of a mother of young children who has terminal stage IV cancer with whom providers had not discussed goals of care and prognostication. Communications about […]

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End-of-Life Nutrition Considerations: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Outcomes.

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To assess the physiological outcomes and interpersonal influences that should be considered when making the decision to provide artificial nutrition and hydration (AN&H) for patients in hospice/palliative programs.A systematic review […]

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‘My wife is my doctor at home’: A qualitative study exploring the challenges of home-based palliative care in a resource-poor setting.

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Family caregiving is common globally, but when a family member needs palliative and end-of-life care, this requires knowledge and expertise in dealing with symptoms, medication, and treatment side effects. Caring […]

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Avelumab Maintenance Therapy for Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma.

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Platinum-based chemotherapy is standard-of-care first-line treatment for advanced urothelial carcinoma. However, progression-free survival and overall survival are limited by chemotherapy resistance.In a phase 3 trial, we randomly assigned patients with […]

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Exercise interventions in metastatic cancer disease: a literature review and a brief discussion on current and future perspectives.

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Exercise is a well-established factor which improves outcomes of oncological patients during curative treatment as well as in cancer survivors. However, the role of physical activity in metastatic disease, due […]

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The impact of routine Edmonton symptom assessment system use on receiving palliative care services: results of a population-based retrospective-matched cohort analysis.

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In 2007, Cancer Care Ontario began standardised symptom assessment as part of routine care using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS).The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact […]

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Catheter-related bloodstream infections in palliative care patients receiving parenteral nutrition by medical home care.

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Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) constitute a major complication associated with the use of central venous lines (CVL). The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence proportion and risk […]

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Rapid Electronic Capturing of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Older Adults With End-Stage Renal Disease: A Feasibility Study.

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Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have a high burden of physical and psychological symptoms. Many remain unrecognized for long periods of time, particularly in older adults. The best strategy […]

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Hospital Readmissions in Hospice Patients: Evaluation of Medication-Related Causes for Readmission.

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Hospital readmissions, frequent medication changes, and polypharmacy are common issues for hospice patients. It is important to consider if close monitoring of medications by pharmacists could help these patients avoid […]

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The effect of neuropalliative care on quality of life and satisfaction with quality of care in patients with progressive neurological disease and their family caregivers: an interventional control study.

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It is recommended that patients with progressive neurological disease (PND) receive general and specialized palliative care. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of neuropalliative care on […]

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Safety and Utility of Chloroquine/ Hydroxychloroquine in Palliative Care Patients.

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic represents a significant healthcare challenge for the world. Many drugs have therapeutic potential. The aminoquinolones, hydroxychloroquine, and chloroquine are undergoing evaluation as a potential […]

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Are family carers part of the care team providing end-of-life care? A qualitative interview study on the collaboration between family and professional carers.

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The attention of healthcare professionals is directed mainly towards the recipients of care and often insufficiently towards family carers. However, an effective collaboration between professionals and family carers is vital […]

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Education needed to improve antimicrobial use during end-of-life care of older adults with advanced cancer: A cross-sectional survey.

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Antimicrobial use during end-of-life care of older adults with advanced cancer is prevalent. Factors influencing the decision to prescribe antimicrobials during end-of-life care are not well defined.To evaluate factors influencing […]

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Cost-effectiveness analysis of systematic fast-track transition from oncological treatment to specialised palliative care at home for patients and their caregivers: the DOMUS trial.

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While hospitals remain the most common place of death in many western countries, specialised palliative care (SPC) at home is an alternative to improve the quality of life for patients […]

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How can existential or spiritual strengths be fostered in palliative care? An interpretative synthesis of recent literature.

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Patients receiving palliative care may benefit greatly when their existential or spiritual strengths are fostered. To date however, there has not been a comprehensive literature review of patient and care […]

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Death in delirious palliative-care patients occurs irrespective of age: A prospective, observational cohort study of 229 delirious palliative-care patients.

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Patients with terminal illness are at high risk of developing delirium, in particular, those with multiple predisposing and precipitating risk factors. Delirium in palliative care is largely under-researched, and few […]

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Effects of dexmedetomidine on heart rate control and pre-operative outcome in patients with acute aortic dissection: a propensity-matched analysis.

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The total survival rate in patients with acute aortic dissection (AAD) has been greatly improved because of surgical technique advances. However, the pre-operative mortality rate remained high. In this study, […]

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Platelet to lymphocyte ratio as a prognostic factor in patients with advanced colorectal cancer undergoing palliative treatment.

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Our study aims to investigate the level of platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) and determine its prognostic value in patients with advanced colorectal cancer undergoing palliative treatment.One hundred and fifty-two […]

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Factors Associated With Discussions Regarding Place of Death Preferences Among Older Japanese: A JAGES Cross-Sectional Study.

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In Japan, many adults prefer to die at home; however, few have their preferences actually come true. While discussions regarding place of death preferences (DPDPs) are important for older adults, […]

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A randomized clinical trial assessing a pragmatic intervention to improve supportive care for family caregivers of patients with lung cancer.

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Family caregivers (FCs) of cancer patients often experience high distress. This randomized clinical trial assessed the feasibility and preliminary effects of an intervention to improve FC supportive care.A pragmatic and […]

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