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Hospice and Palliative

04-06-2015 | Motor neuron diseases | News | Article

Gastrostomy methods equivalent in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

The ProGas study results show that three methods of gastrostomy are equally good in terms of complications and survival in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

09-07-2013 | Mental health | Article

Scrutiny of schizophrenia end-of-life care needed

A population-based study shows that patients with schizophrenia are more likely to die in a nursing home than mentally healthy individuals, raising questions about the adequacy of palliative care they receive in this setting.

04-07-2013 | Respiratory | Article

Call for palliative care awareness in COPD

Researchers in Belgium say that more must be done to make both physicians and patients aware that palliative care is an option for patients with COPD.

22-04-2013 | Radiology | Article

Radiotherapy improves QoL among elderly with bone metastases

Radiotherapy can significantly improve the quality of life of elderly individuals with cancer that has metastasized to the bone, show study results presented at the 2nd European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

17-04-2013 | Paediatrics | Article

Adult pain grading system applicable in pediatric population

Adult chronic pain grading can be applied in pediatric populations and is associated with a higher probability of patients being recommended for inpatient treatment, study results show.

16-04-2013 | Legal medicine | Article

Cancer patients and physicians support assisted dying program

A Death with Dignity program, in which physicians can assist cancer patients with a prognosis of less than 6 months to end their lives, has been well-accepted by patients and their families, and received growing support from the physicians involved.

15-04-2013 | Internal medicine | Article

Advanced care planning ‘should be standard’

Quality and outcomes would likely improve If advanced care planning processes and documentation in residential aged care facilities became standardized, say researchers in

BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care


10-04-2013 | Oncology | Article

Aggressive treatment rates low in bladder cancer

Aggressive treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) could be being underused, according to a US study that assessed its use among almost 30,000 patients.

08-04-2013 | Hospice medicine | Article

Nurses ‘should be involved in decision-making at end of life’

Dutch researchers recommend that nurses should be more involved in decision making concerning patients who receive continuous palliative sedation at the end of life.

03-04-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Study sheds doubt on Blalock Taussig shunts for infants

Use of a modified Blalock Taussig shunt for the treatment of biventricular and univentricular infant hearts is associated with significant mortality and morbidity, indicate Swiss study results.

02-04-2013 | General practice | Article

Marital status affects place of cancer death

Having a hematologic cancer or being single, widowed, or divorced, reduces cancer patients’ chances for dying at home or in a hospice, study findings show.

27-03-2013 | Gynaecology | Article

Physical symptoms a priority in advanced breast cancer

Women with advanced breast cancer adapt to their emotional and spiritual symptoms despite reporting poor physical functioning and pain compared with women who have local or regional disease, indicate US study results.

26-03-2013 | General practice | Article

Routine planning results in patients' preferred place of death

Conducting advanced care planning during the last year of life is not only feasible but results in three-quarters of patients dying in their preferred location, show UK study results.

19-03-2013 | Hospice medicine | Article

Oxycodone overused in palliative care

Oxycodone is being inappropriately prescribed in a substantial portion of palliative care patients in the UK, a prospective study indicates.

19-03-2013 | Oncology | Article

Palliative referral rates low despite burden of leukemia

The rate of referrals to palliative or supportive care services for patients with acute leukemia is low, despite this population reporting a high burden of physical and psychological symptoms, show Canadian study results.

18-03-2013 | Cardiology | Article

Palliative consultations occur late among heart failure patients

Patients treated for heart failure only receive palliative care consultations in the late stage of their illness, suggesting a reactive rather than proactive approach to care, say US researchers.

12-03-2013 | Hospice medicine | Article

Clear definition of palliative care patients lacking

Primary care physicians struggle to clearly define palliative care patients, research shows.

06-03-2013 | Radiology | Article

Use of advanced RT techniques increases in recent years

While the overall rate of radiotherapy use among patients with metastatic cancer in their last year of life was stable between 2000 and 2007, the use of advanced techniques increased during the period, show US study results.

05-03-2013 | Internal medicine | Article

Palliative specialists support UK care pathway

An overwhelming majority of UK doctors believe that the Liverpool care pathway represents the best practice for care of a dying patient, according to an email survey with over 600 respondents.

27-02-2013 | General practice | Article

Fatigue before cancer treatment impacts fatigue afterwards

Individuals who survive cancer are significantly more likely to develop severe persistent fatigue a year after treatment if they were fatigued before and shortly after treatment, indicate Dutch study findings.