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A large proportion of Medicare expenditures for nursing home residents with advanced dementia, a terminal illness, is spent on aggressive treatments that may be avoidable and of limited clinical benefit.
A new national survey conducted by researchers from Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute has found that while palliative care may be available for those with dementia, there are significant barriers to providing or receiving services to relieve the pain, eating difficulties and other symptoms associated with dementia.
Relationships hold the key to giving terminally ill patients the spiritual care they need.
Even at a hospital recognized for managing seriously ill patients, a systematic assessment of clinical measures associated with end-of-life care identified opportunities to improve treatment for those dying in the hospital.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the very limited number of imminently dying patients whose pain is intolerable and unresponsive to other palliative interventions, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization believes that palliative sedation can be a treatment option that should be considered by healthcare providers, patients, and families.
Researchers say parents need opportunity to discuss concerns with caregivers
Can patients near death safely receive sedation at home, fully respecting their own and their families' wishes? This practice, which is on the rise, is coming under increasing scrutiny and debate by palliative care researchers and practitioners.
Two studies on Wednesday revealed new findings on how to treat frail elderly patients with kidney failure as well as the use of aggressive treatments for patients with advanced Alzheimerâ€™s.