Palliative Care

Methylphenidate Not Effective for Depression in SSRI-treated Patients

Treatment with methylphenidate is not effective for depression in SSRI-treated patients with advanced cancer in hospice or receiving palliative care.

Systematic Palliative Care Provides Greater Improvement in Quality of Life for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

Systematic Palliative Care Provides Greater Improvement in Quality of Life for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

Quality of life is significantly improved for patients with pancreatic cancer when systematic palliative care is administered vs on-demand palliative care.

Improving Tools for Managing Pain and Monitoring Sedation Among Patients With Cancer

Improving Tools for Managing Pain and Monitoring Sedation Among Patients With Cancer

Managing pain with opioids and keeping a close eye on adverse effects is an important part of cancer care. But there is room for improvement in pain management tools, and nurses play a key role in their evolution.

Unrealistic Patient Expectations Top Barrier to Quality EOL Care

Unrealistic Patient Expectations Top Barrier to Quality EOL Care

In a large cohort of hematologic oncologists surveyed in the United States, standard end-of-life quality measures were highly acceptable, but unrealistic patient expectations are the greatest impediment to quality end-of-life care.

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

Palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings do not reduce anxiety or depression symptoms and may increase posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in family members of patients with chronic critical illness.

Type of End-of-Life Care Received Varies Based on Type of Disease

Type of End-of-Life Care Received Varies Based on Type of Disease

Cancer and dementia patients get more access to palliative care than do patients with many other chronic conditions, recent research indicates.

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

The introduction of palliative care shortly after a patient is diagnosed with cancer is associated with improved quality of life.

Initiating Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

Initiating Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

Despite the benefits of early palliative care intervention, palliative care is less frequently employed at the emergency department. Researchers sought to evaluate patient outcomes related to ED palliative care.

End-of-life Care Intensity for Patients With MDS May Be Suboptimal

The intensity of end-of-life care for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes may be optimal in terms of hospice use, a recently published study has shown.

Treatment Goals Separate From Life Goals Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

Treatment Goals Separate From Life Goals Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

Patients with advanced cancer view life goals as distinct from and less important than treatment goals, according to a recent study.

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