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2011-10-03 13:20:56

European oncology nurse survey calls for greater clinical consensus on diagnosis and treatment of breakthrough cancer pain; new guidelines are on their way Today, the results from a European Survey of Oncology Nurse Breakthrough Cancer Pain Practices were presented for the first time at The European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress in Stockholm. The survey was performed for the Breakthrough Cancer Pain Initiative, a European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) working group. Lack of pain...

2011-09-28 09:48:08

Discussing and documenting patients' preferences for care at the end of life does not cause them any harm, contrary to recent claims. A new study published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found that patients who talk with their physicians about end-of-life care and have an advance directive in their medical record have similar survival rates as patients who do not have these discussions and documents. The study included 356 patients admitted at three different hospitals who had...

2011-08-03 08:00:00

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), a component of the National Institutes of Health, and its partners will host The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. This trans-NIH summit aims to examine the current status of end-of-life and palliative care research and practice; propose strategies to address current barriers to care; and prioritize action items to stimulate research in this...

2011-07-25 20:44:29

There are major differences between oncologists and primary care physicians regarding knowledge, attitudes, and practices required to care for American's 12 million cancer survivors. That is the key finding of the first nationally representative survey of doctors that reveals how these differences pose significant barriers to effective communication and coordination of care following initial cancer treatment. The study, published online today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine,...

2011-07-19 07:47:00

Oct. 21, 2011 Summit panels spotlight medical home outcomes, accountable care relationships, workforce issues, team-based care and behavioral health integration WASHINGTON, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five short years ago, the patient centered medical home was a little-known model with the promise to improve patient outcomes and transform health care delivery. In October, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative will trace the progress of the medical home in the...

2011-07-15 00:00:37

Northeast Takes the Lead; South Lags Behind: Growth Likely to Continue as Public Becomes Aware New York, NY (PRWEB) July 14, 2011 Palliative care in U.S. hospitals has increased for the tenth consecutive year, according to a new analysis released today by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). The number of hospitals with a palliative care team increased from 658 (24.5%) to 1,568 (63.0%)"“a steady 138.3% increase from 2000-2009. Palliative care is specialized medical care...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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