Studies

Legacy Therapy – a growing Form of Palliative Care

(Advisory Board) June 21, 2017 Legacy therapy is a growing form of palliative care that encourages aging or terminally ill patients to share their stories in a way that can be captured for their friends and families, Sammy Caiola writes…

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Hospitals Vary in Moving Stroke Patients to Comfort or Hospice Care

(HealthDay News) May 25, 2017 U.S. hospitals differ greatly in how often they move new stroke patients from treatment to comfort or hospice care, researchers report. “End-of-life and palliative care plays an important role with stroke, since the death rate…

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Early Palliative Care May Improve Quality of Life for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

(cysticfibrosisnewstoday.com) May 3, 2017 by Alice Melão Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have developed a primary palliative care framework to improve cystic fibrosis (CF) patient care and reduce the symptom burden. This model aims to integrate…

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Dana- Farber Cancer Institute Studies Why Fewer Blood Cancer Patients Receive Hospice Care

(Wiley.com) May 22, 2017 Research has shown that patients with blood cancers are less likely to enroll in hospice care than patients with solid cancers, and the findings from a national survey suggest that concerns about the adequacy of hospice…

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Patient-focused Outcomes Key Goals in Research on Palliative Care in Surgery

New York (Reuters Health) May 16, 2017 by Anne Harding Providing palliative care along with surgical treatment has the potential to improve patients’ well-being and quality of life, according to a new review. “The field of surgery is starting to…

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CAPC publishes HOW WE WORK: Trends and Insights in Hospital Palliative Care

The [How We Work] report highlights opportunities for improvement in hospital palliative care. While palliative care service penetration has increased, many people in need remain underserved. Despite increases in staffing levels, many programs are still not adequately staffed to meet…

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NAHC reports: Language Barriers Can Hurt Home Health Patients

Washington, DC (NAHC.org) May 8, 2017 The study, An Exploratory Analysis of Patient-Provider Language-Concordant Home Health Care Visit Patterns, found that language problems put some patients at higher risk for negative health events, as well as 30-day re-admissions, and longer…

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Dr. Kathleen Unroe’s study compares hospice care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and patient homes

Indianapolis, IN (Indiana University) March 23, 2017 A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found only minimal differences in the intensity of hospice services provided in nursing homes as compared to…

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Family Physicians Fill Palliative Care Gap

Washington, DC (Graham Center Research) March 15, 2017 by Michael Laff Family physicians are filling the gap in providing palliative care to an aging population that continues to grow, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Robert Graham Center…

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STUDY: Dying patients who received palliative care visited the ER less

DotMed.com – February 22, 2017 Community-based palliative care — care delivered at home, not the hospital — was associated with a 50 percent reduction in emergency department visits for patients in their last year of life. The results of an…

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