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26-12-2012 | Geriatrics | Article

Make palliative care available to Parkinson's patients

A modified version of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System Scale is quick and effective at assessing patients with late-stage Parkinson's disease, and reveals that they have similar levels of symptoms as their peers with metastatic cancer, show study results from Canada.

18-12-2012 | Legal medicine | Article

Dedicated palliative care consults improve outcomes

Data from a long-term care facility in the USA indicate that a dedicated palliative care consult service results in a more favorable course of treatment and clinical outcomes for residents.

12-12-2012 | General practice | Article

Massage could ease distress of brain cancer

Massage therapy can significantly reduce distress levels in individuals with brain tumors, indicating its potential use to improve quality of life in this population, report US researchers.

11-12-2012 | Hospice medicine | Article

Hospice use driven by finance rather than patient eligibility

Barriers to hospice care in the USA could be more to do with individual hospices' enrollment policies than with patients’ true eligibility, indicate study findings.

05-12-2012 | General practice | Article

Targeted therapy as common as chemotherapy at end of life

Targeted therapies are used as often as chemotherapy at the end of advanced cancer patients' lives, according to study results using US data.

04-12-2012 | Hospice medicine | Article

‘Pain as reward’ raises tolerance threshold

An individual’s ability to tolerate pain is influenced by their preconceptions and beliefs about the meaning of the pain, Italian researchers have shown.

03-12-2012 | Hospice medicine | Article

Resolving conflict over treatment decisions sometimes impossible

Disputes between healthcare professionals and patients and/or their families about whether medical treatment is futile can be resolved through collaborative efforts and communication, say experts.

28-11-2012 | General practice | Article

Palliative care needs expanding

Individuals with late-stage Parkinson's disease and other related motor disorders experience severe symptoms of physical and psychologic distress, suggesting that current care is falling short, say UK researchers.

27-11-2012 | Legal medicine | Article

Hospice patients accepting of student examinations

The majority of hospice inpatients are happy to be examined by medical students, indicate the results of a UK study.

21-11-2012 | Otolaryngology | Article

Factors influencing pain in head and neck cancer patients clarified

Individuals with head and neck cancer frequently report pain 1 year after diagnosis, despite being treated with analgesics, show US study results.

20-11-2012 | Physical rehabilitation | Article

Exercise relieves cancer fatigue

A review of studies spanning 45 years shows that exercise, particularly aerobic rather than strength- or flexibility-based training, improves fatigue in cancer patients.

14-11-2012 | General practice | Article

Adequate pain management at end of life is a team effort

Inadequate management of pain in patients with terminal illness and those at the end of their lives exists because of knowledge deficits and misperceptions among patients, families, and healthcare providers, indicate the results of a study involving palliative nurses.

13-11-2012 | Legal medicine | Article

Palliative care advice for dementia ‘culturally sensitive’

The translation and adaptation of a Canadian palliative care decision-making booklet for patients with dementia and their families into Italian, Dutch, and Japanese reveals several culturally sensitive topics, show study results.

07-11-2012 | Legal medicine | Article

Many patients over-optimistic about palliative chemotherapy

A majority of advanced colorectal and lung cancer patients in the USA may not understand that chemotherapy is unlikely to cure them, according to the results of a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

06-11-2012 | Geriatrics | Article

Two-drug combo relieves agitation first time

The majority of advanced cancer patients who experience agitation achieve control after the first dose of an antipsychotic–antiseizure combination is administered, show study results.

05-11-2012 | Legal medicine | Article

Any hospice better than none at end of life

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia who receive any hospice care during the last 90 days of life receive fewer aggressive treatments and are less likely to die in hospital than their counterparts who do not receive such care, show US study results.

31-10-2012 | Prostate cancer | Article

Treatment rate high at end of life for prostate cancer patients

Approximately one-third of men with castration-resistant prostate cancer receive some form of treatment in the last 3 months of life, show US study results.

30-10-2012 | Hospice medicine | Article

Hospice volunteers' satisfaction relies on appreciation, support

The majority of individuals involved with nine Canadian hospice volunteer programs are satisfied with their work, citing the appreciation and gratitude of patients and their families as the most satisfying aspect of volunteering, indicate study results.

23-10-2012 | General practice | Article

Medication at end of life indicates care quality

Medication given to patients at the end of life varies according to whether they are being cared for in a hospice or hospital, and has the potential to indicate the quality of their care, suggest researchers.

17-10-2012 | Oncology | Article

Pain relief from palliative RT for bone metastases improves QoL

Cancer patients who experience pain relief after palliative radiation therapy for bone metastases report a better quality of life on specific bone metastases measures than their peers who do not respond to treatment, show study results.