Palliative Care

The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

The nurse-patient relationship: When it's time to be brave enough to let go

Patients at a crossroads in their care may struggle with the decision to change the course of their care. Nurses need to find the balance between offering support and letting the patient go forward.

Early use of palliative care in cancer improves patients' lives and outcomes for caregivers

A new randomized clinical trial has noted several significant benefits for those who began palliative care early.

Hospice program provides compassionate end-of-life care in a challenging environment

Hospice program provides compassionate end-of-life care in a challenging environment

A prison environment is a challenging place in which to provide compassionate end-of-life care. The Louisiana correctional system looks within its walls for people who can handle the job.

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Second study shows benefits for caregivers with early palliative care intervention.

Palliative care for caregivers should be initiated earlier rather than later

Palliative care for caregivers should be initiated earlier rather than later

The impact of early versus delayed intervention with regard to family caregivers for those with cancer.

Effect of timing of palliative care on outcomes for patients with advanced cancer

Effect of timing of palliative care on outcomes for patients with advanced cancer

The efficacy of integrated oncology and palliative care (PC) are supported by randomized controlled trials.

Patient beliefs about chemotherapy, cancer influence care choices at the end of life

Patient beliefs about chemotherapy, cancer influence care choices at the end of life

Patients with advanced cancer who believed chemotherapy might cure their cancer were more likely to receive chemotherapy.

Study identifies signs suggesting impending death in patients with advanced cancer

A new study has uncovered a number of specific physical signs that signal an impending death from cancer.

Stability in patient care trajectory after discharge to end of life maintained

Stability in patient care trajectory after discharge to end of life maintained

Well-considered discharge planning and an adequate network of care providers can achieve a high percentage of stable care trajectories.

A social enterprise serves as a working model for the future of palliative care

A social enterprise serves as a working model for the future of palliative care

A palliative care specialist uses crowdfunding and teleconferencing to build a practice that delivers palliative care to patients far away from institutional medicine.

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