The Comfort app prototype: introducing a web-based application for monitoring comfort in palliative care

November 3, 2017

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing  2017; 23 (9): 420-431.

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article discusses the investigation of a web-based app which monitors comfort in patients receiving palliative care at home in Portugal. The app was reported to be easy to use and enhanced communication among patients and the palliative care team. Further research into the app is recommended.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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What is the impact of population ageing on the future provision of end-of-life care? Population-based projections of place of death

November 3, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine 2017 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print].

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The study’s aim was to project where people will die from 2015 to 2040 across all care settings in England and Wales.  It is expected that annual deaths are expected to increase and more deaths are likely to occur in care homes.  More investment in care homes and end of life provision is needed otherwise hospital deaths will increase.

Length of publication: 8 pages

 


A qualitative inquiry into the barriers and facilitators to achieving home death

August 29, 2017

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care  [E-pub ahead of print]  doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001260

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:  Multiple barriers and facilitators to achieving death at home were identified in this study. Of particular significance was the identification of the fear and stigma associated with death among doctors, patients and their families serving as a barrier to home death, not previously identified in the literature. Additionally, the importance of social networks and resource provision were highlighted as key in influencing patient death at home.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Implementing the compassion intervention, a model for integrated care for people with advanced dementia towards the end of life in nursing homes: a naturalistic feasibility study

August 29, 2017

Source: BMJ Open  

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:  Many people with dementia die in nursing homes, but quality of care may be suboptimal.  The article discusses a theory-driven ‘Compassion Intervention’ to enhance end-of-life care in advanced dementia.  The Intervention prompted improvements in advance care planning, pain management and person-centred care.

Length of publication: 16 pages


Volunteer navigation partnerships: Piloting a compassionate community approach to early palliative care

July 17, 2017

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:2

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type:  Journal Article

In a nutshell: A compassionate community approach to palliative care provides important rationale for building community-based hospice volunteer capacity. The goal of the project was to improve quality of life by developing independence, engagement, and community connections.

Length of publication: 11 pages

 


Effect of specialist palliative care services on quality of life in adults with advanced incurable illness in hospital, hospice, or community settings: systematic review and meta-analysis

July 17, 2017

Source: BMJ 2017; 357: j2925

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This review found that specialist palliative care was associated with a small effect on QoL and might have a profound effect on patients with cancer and could be most effective if provided early and if it identifies through screening patients with unmet needs.

Length of publication: 14 pages

 


Improving hospital-based end of life care processes and outcomes: a systematic review of research output, quality and effectiveness

June 22, 2017

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2017; 16 (1): 34

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review examines the quantity and quality of data-based research aimed at improving the processes and outcomes associated with delivering end-of-life care in hospital settings. The study concludes that more methodologically robust studies are needed to evaluate the impact of interventions on end-of-life processes, including whether changes in processes translate to improved end-of-life outcomes.

Length of publication: 13 pages