Rehabilitative Palliative Care: Enabling people to live fully until they die. A challenge for the 21st century

July 27, 2015

Source: hospice UK

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This publication provides evidence of the benefits and effectiveness of rehabilitative palliative care, and includes guidance and tools to support its implementation. Rehabilitative Palliative Care  is an interdisciplinary approach in which all members of the team, including nurses, doctors, psychosocial practitioners and allied health professionals, work collaboratively with the patient, their relatives and carers to support them to achieve their personal goals and priorities.

Length of publication: 68p.

 


Characteristics of a palliative care consultation service with a focus on pain in a German university hospital

October 2, 2014

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2014,13:45

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The aim of the study is to investigate the profile and spectrum of a palliative care consultation service (PCCS) at a German university hospital with special reference to pain therapy.  The article concludes that for a consultation service to support patients with incurable or advanced disease, a multi-disciplinary approach is necessary to meet the complex requirements of a needs-adapted palliative care in inpatient or outpatient settings. Timely integration of palliative expertise may support symptom control and may give the required advice to patients, their carers, and their families.

Length of publication: 7 pages

 


Fitting the pieces together with the AMBER care bundle

December 21, 2012

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The Amber Care Bundle is a simple tool which combines identification questions, four clinical interventions and systematic monitoring that can be applied in adult ward settings. It has been used in seventeen hospitals in the English NHS with a wider network which is committed to implement AMBER care bundle in their hospitals. This article looks at the rollout of Amber Care Bundle at Worcester Acute Hospitals.

Length of publication: 1 page


The benefits of interdisciplinary practice in a palliative care setting: A music therapy and physiotherapy pilot project

December 29, 2011

Source:  Progress in Palliative Care, 19, (6), p.304-308.

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Date of publication:  November 2011

Publication type:  article

In a nutshell:  This article discusses a combined music-therapy and physiotherapy project designed to improve symptoms experienced by terminally ill inpatients.  The project used the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) and De Morton Mobility Index (DEMMI)  prior to the start of the project and again at the end.

With the exception of shortness of breath, results from the ESAS indicated all symptoms on the scale improved as a result of group participation and mobility, as measured by the DEMMI, either maintained or improved.

The overall conclusions are that this project was beneficial for patients with terminal illness and further research is required.

Length of publication:  5 pages

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Acknowledgement:  EMBASE


Piloting the role of a pharmacist in a community palliative care multidisciplinary team: an Australian experience

November 28, 2011

Source: BMC Palliative Care

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: Home is the most common setting for the provision of palliative care in Australia and a common problem encountered here is the inability of patient/carers to manage medications, which can lead to misadventure and hospitalisation. This can be averted through detection and resolution of drug related problems (DRPs) by a pharmacist; however, they are rarely included as members of the palliative care team. The aim of this study was to pilot a model of care that supports the role of a pharmacist in a community palliative care team. A component of the study was to develop a cost-effective model for continuing the inclusion of a pharmacist within a community palliative care service.

Length of publication: 12 pages


Introducing clinical psychology support into community palliative care.

September 23, 2011

Source: European J Palliative Care, 2011, 18, (4),p. 195-7

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  This article reviews the role of clinical psychologists in providing psychology support in community palliative care in Tower Hamlets, east London. How the psychology support service was developed and the role played by clinical psychologists in the multidisciplinary team that provides community palliative care is discussed.  

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Acknowledgement: BNI, Cinahl.


Is the integration of services good or bad news for palliative care?

June 23, 2011

Source: European Journal of Palliative Care vol./is. 18/2(68-71)

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Date: March 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The concept of integrated services seems more and more appealing in a time of economic downturn. This article discusses some commentators warnings against an unrelenting drive towards integrated services without the evidence showing that they will work for the people that use them. Initiatives currently being piloted and models of integrated care being tested and evaluated are discussed.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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