Palliative Care

Keep the care in care coordination

Keep the care in care coordination

In a patient-centric model of care, the effort focuses on the patient's wishes.

How effective is aggressive end-of-life cancer care?

How effective is aggressive end-of-life cancer care?

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Families of patients who receive aggressive end-of-life medical care do not perceive the care as high-quality.

Palliative chemotherapy may reduce quality of life in some patients with end-stage cancer

Palliative chemotherapy may reduce quality of life in some patients with end-stage cancer

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Palliative chemotherapy in the last month of life may increase the patient's risk of intensive medical treatment and death in an ICU.

Staying well while caregiving

Staying well while caregiving

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Caregivers experience serious chronic health conditions at nearly twice the rate of those who are not caregivers.

Medicare, Medicaid may pay for end-of-life counseling

Medicare, Medicaid may pay for end-of-life counseling

A proposal from the CMS may make end-of-life counseling sessions covered under insurance.

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

AAPA sets sights on hospice care, improving mentorship in 2015

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Passing HR 1202 will allow physician assistants to provide hospice care.

Death with dignity: Who gets to decide?

Death with dignity: Who gets to decide?

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Clinicians' personal beliefs cannot influence end-of-life care.

The patient who said 'thank you' for years of care

The patient who said 'thank you' for years of care

A patient visited this provider with an important question regarding a procedure, but really wanted to express his thanks for the years of care.

Honoring a fallen solider and son

Honoring a fallen solider and son

A veteran in a hospice unit finally was presented with the American flag to honor his son, a deceased Vietnam veteran.

Opioid overdose deaths more common in women

Opioid overdose deaths more common in women

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From 1999 to 2010, opioid-related deaths increased at greater rates among women than men -- 415% vs. 265%.

Patients, families 'grateful' for physician-assisted suicide program

Patients, families 'grateful' for physician-assisted suicide program

Loss of autonomy, dignity and functional status, commonly cited as reasons for participation in "Death with Dignity" program.

Urine drainage at the end of life

What options are there for a patient with a continent urinary diversion, who is no longer able to self catheterize and has no reliable caregivers?

Patient-centered palliative care often elusive

Patient-centered palliative care often elusive

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A layer of bureaucracy in health care exists in which insurance regulators determine where a patient will die based on information from well-intentioned but inexperienced nurse case managers.

Integrate family members into patient care

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Family members can often be more demanding than patients, but addressing anxiety in a compassionate manner can create a more positive experience for everyone involved.

Clinical certification programs: Which are right for you?

With ongoing changes in the healthcare field, certification demonstrates an advanced level of knowledge and skills in a specialty practice area.

Medicare payment structure may promote hospice patient enrollment bias

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For-profit hospice agencies get financial breaks from less-resource intensive patients.

Feeding tubes overused in patients with dementia

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Unrealistic surrogate expectations contribute to misuse.

Patient's faith inspires clinician

Man keeps cheerful disposition despite terminal illness.

Wife struggles with husband's impending death

Palliative care nurse practitioner breaks through emotional barrier.

Physician assistant helps make ill veteran's dream come true

Physician assistant helps make ill veteran's dream come true

A quick email resulted in an outpouring of appreciation for a veteran's service.

Nurse breaks the rules, grants a patient's dying wish

Courage and compassion paved the way for positive changes.

Child with rhabdomyosarcoma makes lasting impression

8-year-old faced terminal illness with strength, courage and faith.

Providing palliative care in Guatemala

Providing palliative care in Guatemala

Patient with stomach cancer a source of strength during difficult times.

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