Review: Oncological patients in the intensive care unit

22Aug
2017

NCCN Guideline: Palliative Care

21Aug
2017

An order not to hospitalize

16Aug
2017

Review: Palliative and end-of-life care in nephrology

11Aug
2017

Should Doctors Decide When It’s Futile to Keep Charlie Gard Alive?

1Aug
2017

Improving quality of life in patients with advanced cancer: Targeting metastatic bone pain

1Aug
2017

Recent advances in understanding and managing cancer pain

28Jul
2017

RCT: Palliative Care in Heart Failure

11Jul
2017

Effect of specialist palliative care services on quality of life

4Jul
2017

Effect of specialist palliative care services on quality of life in adults with advanced incurable illness in hospital, hospice, or community settings: systematic review and meta-analysis – The BMJ (free)

The meta-analysis showed a small effect on quality of life with specialist palliative care. The effect was most pronounced for patients with cancer and for those who received specialized care early.

 

A Research Agenda for Communication Between Health Care Professionals and Patients Living With Serious Illness

4Jul
2017

Which patients with advanced respiratory disease die in hospital?

21Jun
2017

Who Should Assess the Needs of and Care for a Dementia Patient’s Caregiver?

20Jun
2017

Who Should Assess the Needs of and Care for a Dementia Patient’s Caregiver? – AMA Journal of Ethics (free)

“Physicians have an obligation to check in on dementia patients’ caregivers, and provide support if necessary” (RT @JournalofEthics see Tweet)

 

Using the New ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline for Palliative Care Concurrent With Oncology Care Using the TEAM Approach

16Jun
2017

Pain and Opioids in Cancer Care: Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives

16Jun
2017

‘How long have I got?’: Why many cancer patients don’t have answers

12Jun
2017

Questions raised over physician-assisted suicide

5Jun
2017

The ‘good’ death that could have been much better

4Jun
2017

A better way to care for the dying

28Apr
2017

A better way to care for the dying – The Economist (a few articles per month are free) (RT @EricTopol see Tweet)

“How the medical profession is starting to move beyond fighting death to easing it”.

 

Standardized Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation

24Apr
2017

Prospective, before-after cohort study: Standardized Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation on a Solid Tumor Oncology Service Reduces Downstream Health Care Use – Journal of Oncology Practice (free)

Editorial: Making the Right Thing Easier to Do: Standardized Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care – Journal of Oncology Practice (free)

Related Guideline: Integration of Palliative Care Into Standard Oncology Care: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update (free)

Commentaries on the study: Standardized Palliative Care Consults Cut Cancer Readmissions – Also, less chemotherapy after discharge – MedPage Today (free registration required) AND Standardized Cancer Palliative Care Consults Linked to Stronger Home-Based Support – AJMC (free)

Patients with at least one of the following 4 criteria: 1) advanced solid tumor; 2) prior hospitalization within 30 days; 3) hospitalization > 7 days; or 4) active symptoms – received automatic palliative care consultation. The rates of 30-day readmissions dropped from 35% to 18% and chemotherapy after discharge dropped from 44% to 18%.

 

Use of Medications of Questionable Benefit at the End of Life

20Apr
2017

The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing

13Apr
2017

The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing – The New York Times (free)

“Historically, the practice has been “if in doubt, err on the side of aggressive, life-sustaining treatment,””. That might be changing.

 

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