Search Tag: palliative care

Executive Health Management

Should Poor End-of-Life Care Still Get Accreditation?

2016 03 Oct

In 2013 65 percent of hospitals with a minimum of 50 beds confirmed that they had a palliative care programme. Hospitals with in excess of 300 beds reported that the figure jumped to 90 percent says a Healthcare Finance News report.   While most hospitals do offer palliative care for people with serious illnesses to mange pain, symptoms and contribute... Read more

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Caregiver Stress - Palliative Care Consults Don’t Help More than Usual High Quality Care

2016 17 May

Research presented at the American Thoracic Society 2016 international conference showed that support from palliative care specialists did not improve anxiety and depression symptoms in caregivers of patients with chronic critical illness. Patients also saw little benefit as the additional support did not lead to reduced time on a breathing machine... Read more

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Do End-of-Life Communication Tools Improve Decision-Making?

2016 12 Apr

Patients admitted to the ICU commonly have not have discussed their end-of-life (EOL) goals with family or surrogate decision-makers. Even if patients have discussed their preferences, they may not be documented in the medical record. ICU staff therefore may need to discuss goals with families and patients. A variety of decision aids, communication... Read more

ICU Management

2016 16 Feb

Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH is a physician and writer with a professional interest in critical care and end-of-life care. She blogs for the Huffington Post and the New York Times. Her first book, Critical Decisions, a memoir about her professional journey at the intersection of ICU and Palliative Care medicine is due to be published by Avery/ Penguin... Read more

Executive Health Management

Doctors Need Training in Care of Dying

2015 14 Sep

According to two experts on palliative care, the recent guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on care of the dying provides evidence but not much help at the bedside. Jonathan Koffman and Katherine Sleeman, from the Cicely Saunders Institute in London said in an interview at the London Science Centre, that the... Read more

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End-of-Life — Why These Conversations Matter

2015 23 Jul

The original Obamacare proposal sought to grant compensation for physicians for providing counselling to patients about living wills and end-of-life care options. The Affordable Care Act, which was enacted in 2010, however, includes no such compensation.The issue has been resurrected when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced... Read more

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Workshop Improves Nurses’ Palliative Communication Skills

2015 06 Jul

A workshop developed at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has been effective in improving palliative care communication skills of critical care nurses. Specifically, workshop participants reported improvements to skill and confidence levels for engaging in discussions of prognosis and goals of care with families and physicians, according... Read more

Executive Health Management

Early Provision of Palliative Care Reduces Hospital Costs

2015 12 Jun

According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, early palliative care for hospitalised patients with advanced cancer can result in lower hospital costs. The findings of the study are in line with existing evidence that indicates the benefits of enhanced quality of medical care as well lower costs that can be derived from early... Read more

Health Management

2015 26 May

Boris Zernikow, medical scientist and paediatric and palliative medicine researcher, has been awarded the 2015 Communicator Award for his dedicated and public outreach work on pain, pain therapy and palliative care in children. He will be the sixteenth recipient of the Communicator Award. Dr. Zernikow will receive 50,000 Euros for his work on 30 June... Read more

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Improved Emergency Care Could Reduce Hospital Admissions

2015 08 May

According to a three-year analysis by researchers at Mount Sinai, applying palliative care principles to emergency departments may reduce the number of geriatric patients admitted to intensive care units and could possibly extend lives and reduce Medicare costs. The research is to be published in Health Affairs. The data indicates that over half of... Read more

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