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

 

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End-of-life care for homeless people: A qualitative analysis exploring the challenges to access and provision of palliative care

July 17, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine 2017 July 3. [e-pub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Being homeless or vulnerably housed is associated with death at a young age, frequently related to medical problems complicated by drug or alcohol dependence. Homeless people experience high symptom burden at the end of life, yet palliative care service use is limited.

Length of publication: 10 pages


Identification of the palliative phase in people with dementia: a variety of opinions between healthcare professionals

November 4, 2015

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2015, v.14:56

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to explore when professionals in long-term care settings consider a person with dementia in need of palliative care. The findings from this study suggest that professionals across Europe have different opinions regarding the time point when to consider a person with dementia in need of palliative care.

Length of publication:6 pages

 


Living with and dying from advanced heart failure: understanding the needs of older patients at the end of life

November 4, 2015

Source: BMC Geriatrics October 2015

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: Old and very old patients with advanced heart failure often do not acknowledge the seriousness and severity of the disease. Their communication with physicians predominantly focuses on curative treatment. Therefore, aspects such as self-management of the disease, dealing with emergency situations and end-of-life issues should be addressed more prominently. An advanced care planning (ACP) programme for heart disease in older people could be an option to improve patient-centred care.

Length of publication: 21 pages

 


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

 

 


Is dying in hospital better than home in incurable cancer and what factors influence this? A population-based study

October 9, 2015

Source: BMC Medicine 2015, 13:235

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This study aims to determine the association between place of death, health services used, and pain, feeling at peace, and grief intensity.  The authors determined factors influencing death at home, and associations between place of death and pain, peace, and grief. Findings suggest that dying at home is better than hospital for peace and grief, but requires a discussion of preferences, GP home visits, and relatives to be given time off work.

Length of publication: 14 pages

 


Glasgow and Lothian Partnership Case Study: Getting people home with the support they need

October 7, 2015

Source: Marie Curie

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication type: Case Study

In a nutshell: The Marie Curie Fast-track Service offers short day and evening visits at home to provide health and personal care to people living with a terminal illness in Glasgow and Lothian. The service is for people nearing the end of their lives who are at risk of admission as well as those in hospital needing more care before discharge.

Length of publication: 2 pages