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2010-07-23 13:43:14

Relationships hold the key to giving terminally ill patients the spiritual care they need. However, researchers have pinpointed a mismatch between patients' expectations and understanding when it comes to spirituality, and what medical and family caregivers offer. New recommendations to improve this situation appear today, in the journal Palliative Medicine, published by SAGE. The terms 'spirituality' and 'spiritual care' are becoming buzzwords in palliative care. But although most terminally...

2010-06-30 09:28:59

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, according to a report in the June 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Medical care during the last year of life accounts for 10 percent to 12 percent of the U.S. health care budget and 27 percent of Medicare expenditures, according...

2010-05-11 08:49:00

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. Palliative sedation refers to the lowing of patient consciousness using medications for the purpose of limiting...

2010-03-01 15:37:27

Researchers say parents need opportunity to discuss concerns with caregivers BOSTON--A survey of parents who had a child die of cancer found that one in eight considered hastening their child's death, a deliberation influenced by the amount of pain the child experienced during the last month of life, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study, the first to explore this sensitive area, suggests that many...

2010-02-18 12:39:12

Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC "“ 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. Now palliative care specialists from a team based in Spain have documented their experiences and data, and developed a standard checklist to help other clinicians. Their research...

2009-11-12 11:46:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kaiser Foundation Hospitals - Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest and Northwest Permanente P.C., Physicians & Surgeons (collectively, Kaiser NW) has agreed to pay the United States $1,830,322.41 to settle False Claims Act liability, the Justice Department announced today. The United States contends that Kaiser NW billed Medicare between 2000 and 2004 for hospice services that had been provided by...

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2009-10-15 15:25:00

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 Alzheimer's. One study, published in the New England Journal Of Medicine, revealed new findings for kidney specialists who deal with determining whether to use aggressive or conservative treatments for frail elderly patients with kidney failure. The dialysis study used data from patients who began to undergo dialysis...

2009-05-26 07:53:59

Hospice, a well-established approach to palliative care, has enabled countless people worldwide to die with dignity. Through focusing on the patient rather than the disease, individuals can spend the last weeks of their lives in an environment where hospice caregivers minimize their pain, maximize their comfort, and provide bereavement services for loved ones and family members.A new study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, however, found that only about half the patients diagnosed...

2009-04-01 14:30:00

WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) announces the publication of Living With Grief(R): Diversity and End-of-Life Care, the most recent addition to HFA's Living With Grief(R) book series. Edited by Ken Doka, Ph.D. and Amy Tucci, the book is a compilation of chapters by well-known experts in grief and end-of-life care. The book examines how cultural diversity influences end-of-life decision making, shapes attitudes around the experience of terminal...

2009-03-18 00:08:32

People who draw on religion to cope with cancer are more likely to receive intensive, life-prolonging medical care, U.S. researchers have found. However, senior author Holly Prigerson of Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said that as death approaches, the religious terminal patients' treatment often entails a lower quality of life in their final days. The study involved 345 advanced cancer patients at seven hospitals nationwide. Participants were interviewed about their...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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