Systematic review of the effectiveness, barriers and facilitators to general practitioner engagement with specialist secondary services in integrated palliative care

November 28, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2018; 8 (4): 385-399

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Date of publication: December 2018

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions designed to engage GPs and specialist secondary services in integrated palliative care and to identify the personal, system and structural barriers and facilitators to integrated palliative care.

Length of publication: 15 pages

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What role do death doulas play in end-of-life care? A systematic review

October 15, 2018

Source: Health & Social Care in the Community 2018; Sep 26. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: September 2016

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: This systematic review explores the current literature surrounding the use of death doulas in end-of-life care and the potential implications for models of care delivery. This study highlights the lack of clarity and consistency in the role and the limited amount of formal academic studies.

Length of publication: 13 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


Early palliative care for adults with advanced cancer

June 22, 2017

Source: Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: This systematic review compares the effects of early palliative care interventions versus treatment as usual/standard cancer care on health-related quality of life, depression, symptom intensity, and survival among adults with a diagnosis of advanced cancer.

Length of publication: 1 page


UK quality statements on end of life care in dementia: a systematic review of research evidence

November 3, 2015

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2015 v14.:51

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: The importance of a palliative approach in the care of people with dementia is recognised and there are national polices to enhance current care. In the UK implementation of these polices is promoted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Dementia Quality Standards (QS). Since publication of the QS new care interventions have been developed. This article critically reviews current research evidence relevant to EOL Quality Standards. The article concludes that Quality statements relevant to EOL care are useful to advance practice however they have a limited evidence base. High quality empirical work is needed to establish that the recommendations in these statements are best practice.

Length of publication: 15 pages

 

 


Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of home palliative care services for adults with advanced illness and their caregivers

August 9, 2013

Source:  The Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: A new review from the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group looked at the impact of home palliative care services on the chances of dying at home and on other outcomes for patients and their caregivers, such as symptom control and quality of life. The review team also aimed to compare resource use and costs associated with these services and summarize the current evidence on cost-effectiveness.

Length of publication: 281 pages