The Alzheimer’s Disease Home Hospice Knowledge Scale: development, validity and reliability

May 29, 2018

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2018 24:3, 108-114

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Date of publication:  March 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:  The Alzheimer’s Disease Home Hospice Knowledge Scale proved to be a valid and reliable tool to assess knowledge about hospice care in the area of Alzheimer’s disease. It might provide an effective tool for palliative care nurses to communicate with family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease at the end of life.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Who cares for the carers at hospital discharge at the end of life? A qualitative study of current practice in discharge planning and the potential value of using The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) Approach

April 5, 2018

Source: Palliative Medicine  2018 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: February 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study identifies a novel intervention, which expands the focus of discharge planning to include assessment of carers’ support needs at transition, potentially preventing breakdown of care at home and patient readmissions to hospital.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Palliative care for people with schizophrenia: a qualitative study of an under-serviced group in need

April 5, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care  2018; 17:53

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Date of publication: March 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: People with schizophrenia are at risk of receiving poorer end of life care than other patients. They are often undertreated, avoid treatment and are about half as likely to access palliative care. There are limited options for end of life care for this under-serviced group in need. To ensure people with schizophrenia are well supported at the end of life a model of palliative care is required that offers both specialised services and capacity building within the pre-existing health workforce. Resources are needed to address the stigma and lack of services faced by this vulnerable group.

Length of publication: 11 pages

 


Why we need more poetry in palliative care

April 5, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care  2018 Mar 23 [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: March 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Poetry is one way in which many people, including patients and palliative care professionals, may seek meaning from and make sense of serious illnesses and losses towards the end of life. It may have untapped potential for developing person-centred organisations, training health professionals, supporting patients and for promoting public engagement in palliative care.

Length of publication: 6 pages

 


Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of a paediatric palliative care team

February 28, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2018; 17: 23.

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Date of publication: February 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators reported by healthcare professionals (HCPs) in primary, secondary or tertiary care for implementing a newly initiated multidisciplinary paediatric palliative care team to bridge the gap between hospital and home.

Length of publication: 8 pages

 


Acupuncture in hospice settings: A qualitative exploration of patients’ experiences

January 24, 2018

Source: European Journal of Cancer Care

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study explores patients’ experiences of acupuncture within palliative care in hospice settings. Acupuncture was found to be a highly acceptable, accesible and popular treatment with positive holistic effects reported across the domains of physical, mental and spiritual health and no serious adverse effects. By enabling awareness of the holistic nature of health and well-being, acupuncture was experienced as having the potential to contribute to a better death, an emergent theory that needs testing in further studies. In the meanwhile, the results of this study offer encouragement to hospices currently providing or considering investing in acupuncture provision.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Paediatric palliative care improves patient outcomes and reduces healthcare costs: evaluation of a home-based program

January 24, 2018

Source:  BMC Palliative Care

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The findings from a study in Singapore suggest that home-based paediatric palliative care brings improved resource utilization and cost-savings for both patients and healthcare providers. The lives of patients and their caregivers have improved, with terminally ill children and their caregivers being able to spend more quality time at home at the final stretch of the disease.

Length of publication: 8 pages