Friday, 6 March 2009

BMC Palliative Care

Dying from cancer or other chronic diseases in the Netherlands: ten-year trends derived from death certificate data
Lud FJ van der Velden, Anneke L Francke, Lammert Hingstman, Dick L Willems
BMC Palliative Care 2009, 8:4 (4 February 2009)

Palliative care referrals after lung transplantation

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Song, Mi-Kyung PhD; Vito Dabbs, Annette De PhD; Studer, Sean M. MD; Arnold, Robert M. MD; Palliative care referrals after lung transplantation in major transplant centers in the United States
Critical Care Medicine.
Publish Ahead of Print, POST COPYEDIT, 24 February 2009
Objective: Although lung transplantation is a widely used treatment modality for patients with end-stage lung disease, its long-term outcomes are limited. Including palliative approaches in the care of lung transplant recipients may be beneficial; however, systematic information regarding the utilization of palliative care services for lung recipients is lacking.Design and Setting: Of the 27 transplant centers meeting the inclusion criteria (an annual lung transplant volume >=15 for the past 5 years and the availability of palliative care or pain services at the center), 74 clinicians representing either the transplant or palliative care program from 18 centers completed surveys.Results: Both transplant and palliative care clinician respondents strongly favored the idea of integrating palliative care into lung transplant care. However, the number of palliative care referrals made during the last year was low (<=5 per center). The three most frequently endorsed reasons for palliative care referrals were end-of-life planning, uncontrolled pain and symptoms, and limited functional status. The average length of survival after referral was <30>

Annual Evidence Update on Pain

Annual Evidence Update on Pain (Supportive and Palliative Care
Specialist Library)
This Annual Evidence Update collects together the latest high quality
evidence on three important aspects of pain in supportive and palliative
care: Cannabinoids for pain management, Pain management in dementia,
Pain and cancer survivorship.


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pp. 5-7
Imagine: a creative challenge towards holism.
Groves, K.E.
pp. 8-16
Pain in patients living in Norwegian nursing homes.
Torvik, K.; Kaasa, S.; Kirkevold, O.; Rustoen, T.
pp. 17-22
A systematic review of specialised palliative care for terminal patients: which model is better?.
Garcia-Perez, L.; Linertova, R.; Martin-Olivera, R.; Serrano-Aguilar, P.; Benitez-Rosario, M.A.
pp. 23-28
Evaluation of hospital palliative care teams: strengths and weaknesses of the before-after study design and strategies to improve it.
Simon, S.; Higginson, I.J.
pp. 29-39
Advanced cancer patients' prognostic information preferences: a review.
Innes, S.; Payne, S.
pp. 40-45
Validation of the confusion assessment method in the palliative care setting.
Ryan, K.; Leonard, M.; Guerin, S.; Donnelly, S.; Conroy, M.; Meagher, D.
pp. 46-53
How is sleep quality affected by the psychological and symptom distress of advanced cancer patients?.
Mystakidou, K.; Parpa, E.; Tsilika, E.; Gennatas, C.; Galanos, A.; Vlahos, L.
pp. 54-58
Intranasal sufentanil for cancer-associated breakthrough pain.
Good, P.; Jackson, K.; Brumley, D.; Ashby, M.
pp. 59-65
Difficulties of residents in training in end-of-life care. A qualitative study.
Luthy, C.; Cedraschi, C.; Pautex, S.; Rentsch, D.; Piguet, V.; Allaz, A.F.
pp. 66-79
Defining distinct caregiver subpopulations by intensity of end-of-life care provided.
Abernethy, A.; Burns, C.; Wheeler, J.; Currow, D.
pp. 80-86
Reflecting the scope and work of palliative care teams today: an action research project to modernise a national minimum data set.
Jack, B.A.; Littlewood, C.; Eve, A.; Murphy, D.; Khatri, A.; Ellershaw, J.E.
pp. 87-94
Impact of perception of socioeconomic burden on advocacy for patient autonomy in end-of-life decision making: a study of societal attitudes.
Kwon, Y.C.; Shin, D.W.; Lee, J.H.; Heo, D.S.; Hong, Y.S.; Kim, S.-Y.; Yun, H.Y.

Cases Journal 2009

Patient and/or family controlled palliative sedation with midazolam for intractable symptom control: a case report
Aretha D, Panteli ES, Kiekkas P, Karanikolas M Cases Journal 2009, 2:136 (11 February 2009)[Abstract] [Provisional PDF] [PubMed]