Health Professionals’ Perspectives of the Role of Palliative Care During COVID-19: Content Analysis of Articles and Blogs Posted on Twitter.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in health professionals facing unprecedented challenges and changes in practice. Responding to humanitarian crises involves saving lives and reducing suffering and as such, palliative care […]

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Covid-19 Mortality in an Acute Care Hospital: Association of Patient Factors With Decision to Forego the Intensive Care Unit.

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Public awareness of the large mortality toll of COVID-19 particularly among elderly and frail persons is high. This public awareness represents an enhanced opportunity for early and urgent goals-of-care discussions […]

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Evaluation of Antibiotic Initiation Tools in End-of-Life Care.

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Hospice patients are frequently confronted with potentially infectious complications necessitating antibiotic consideration. Information regarding the appropriate use of antibiotics and their impact on symptom management in hospice patients are unknown.This […]

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What Surrogates Understand (and Don’t Understand) About Patients’ Wishes After Engaging Advance Care Planning: A Qualitative Analysis.

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The goal of advance care planning (ACP) is to improve end-of-life decision-making for patients and their spokespersons, but multiple studies have failed to show substantial or consistent benefit from ACP. […]

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Evaluation of a Quality Improvement Intervention to Improve Pediatric Palliative Care Consultation Processes.

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A critical aspect of pediatric palliative care consultations is the assessment and documentation of patient and family needs. While these assessments usually include a focus on physical pain, there is […]

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Sharing COMFORT Communication Training With Healthcare Professionals in Nairobi, Kenya: A Pilot Webinar Series.

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Communication training for healthcare providers is evident in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic, however training opportunities are not available in countries with limited resources.To investigate perceived comfort in […]

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Demoralization in End-of-Life Cancer Patients’ Family Caregivers: A Cross-Sectional Study.

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The aims of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of demoralization in a sample of end-of-life cancer patients’ family caregivers and investigate the association between demoralization and different factors, […]

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Increasing Awareness of Palliative Medicine With the Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Project.

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Palliative medicine can be essential in helping to align patients’ goals of care with their treatment team. Referrals for palliative medicine are more advantageous when initiated in the emergency department […]

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Increasing Awareness of Palliative Medicine With the Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Project.

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Palliative medicine can be essential in helping to align patients’ goals of care with their treatment team. Referrals for palliative medicine are more advantageous when initiated in the emergency department […]

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Assisting People With Their Living, Not Their Dying: Health Professionals’ Perspectives of Palliative Care and Opioids in ILD.

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Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a debilitating and life-limiting condition, requiring multi-disciplinary care. While guidelines recommend early specialist palliative care referral to improve symptoms and quality of life, few patients […]

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Preoperative Advance Care Planning for Older Adults Undergoing Major Abdominal Surgery.

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Advance care planning (ACP) is recommended for older patients undergoing surgery. ACP consists of creating advance directives (ADs), identifying surrogate decision makers (SDMs), and documenting goals of care. We identified […]

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Comparison of Clinical Characteristics and End-of-Life Care Between COVID-19 and Non-COVID-19 Muslim Patients During the 2020 Pandemic.

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Little is known about end-of-life care among Muslim patients, particularly during Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID) pandemic, which we report here.The clinical characteristics, end-of-life care and resuscitation status of Muslim patients […]

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Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care Interventions: A Review of the Evolution of Methods From 2011 to 2019.

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End-of-life care is a driver of increasing healthcare costs; however, palliative care interventions may significantly reduce these costs. Economic evaluations that measure the incremental cost per quality adjusted life years […]

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Barriers to Palliative Care Referral and Advance Care Planning (ACP) for Patients With COPD: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Palliative Care Nurses.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive, life-limiting illness that requires end-of-life care planning, yet remains under-served. Understanding barriers to advance care planning (ACP) from different specialties’ perspectives will […]

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Cannabis and End-of-Life Care: A Snapshot of Hospice Planning and Experiences Among Illinois Medical Cannabis Patients With A Terminal Diagnosis.

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Between 2013 and 2019, Illinois limited cannabis access to certified patients enrolled in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program (IMCP). In 2016, the state instituted a fast-track pathway for terminal patients. […]

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Fluctuating Code Status: Strategies to Minimize End-of-Life Conflict in the Neurocritical Care Setting.

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There are multiple factors that may cause end-of-life conflict in the critical care setting. These include severe illness, family distress, lack of awareness about a patient’s wishes, prognostic uncertainty, and […]

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Healthcare Provider Perspectives Regarding Use of Medical Interpreters During End-of-Life Conversations With Limited English Proficient Patients.

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Healthcare providers increasingly care for patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). There is limited research evaluating healthcare provider utilization practices, attitudes, perceived benefits and barriers regarding the use of medical […]

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Homecoming-Dignity Through Movement at the End of Life: A Qualitative Interview Study With Healthcare Professionals.

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To describe healthcare professionals’ and volunteers’ experiences of a pathway for movement on a hospice ward.This was a qualitative study with an inductive approach. Data were collected in a hospice […]

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Palliative Referrals in Advanced Cancer Patients: Utilizing the Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool and Rothman Index.

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Timely identification of palliative care needs can reduce hospitalizations and improve quality of life. The Supportive & Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT) identifies patients with advanced medical conditions who may […]

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Evaluation of a Large Scale Advance Care Planning Co-Design Education Program for Chinese-Speaking People in Australia.

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Advance care planning (ACP) is important, however ethnic minorities have half the completion rates in the United States compared to Caucasian counterparts, and in Australia only 3.5% of advance directives […]

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Integrating Palliative Care Assessment Tools to Enhance Understanding of Illness Trajectory in Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care.

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To determine whether education and integration of the Gold Standard Framework Proactive Identification Guidance (GSF-PIG) and the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) into care rounds, in post-acute care settings, can facilitate […]

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Improving Medical and Nurse Practitioner Student Confidence and Clinical Skill in Advance Care Plan Development: A Multidisciplinary Mentorship Model.

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Advance care planning (ACP) is an integral aspect of patient-centered care, however medical (MD) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) students receive minimal education on how to facilitate ACP […]

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Complicated Grief, Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms Among Bereaved Parents following their Child’s Death in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Follow-Up Study.

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Parents often suffer reduced mental health after their child’s death; however, the trajectory and risk factors are not well described.Describe the change in complicated grief, depression, and post-traumatic stress symptoms […]

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Bereaved Informal Caregivers Rarely Recall a Relationship Between Transfusions and Hospice in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

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The inability to prescribe blood transfusions is a potential barrier to timely hospice enrollment for patients with blood cancers. The benefits and harms of transfusions near the end of life […]

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Quality of Life for Older Cancer Patients: Relation of Psychospiritual Distress to Meaning-Making During Dignity Therapy.

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Nearly 500,000 older Americans die a cancer-related death annually. Best practices for seriously ill patients include palliative care that aids in promoting personal dignity. Dignity Therapy is an internationally recognized […]

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