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Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

A new card game helps patients and caregivers broach the difficult subject of end-of-life wishes and prioritize what's most important in their planning.

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end 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.

Experiences, Dreams, and Visions: Easing the Patient With Cancer Toward End of Life

Experiences, Dreams, and Visions: Easing the Patient With Cancer Toward End of Life

Cancer patients in their last weeks of life may have end-of-life experiences, including dreams and visions. A study from researchers at a hospice found that these events are an important part of a patient's dying process.

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

Navigation Program Tackles Cancer Care on Two Fronts

In a novel 2-year fellowship, senior college students serve as lay-navigators then continue on to work solutions to the challenges facing cancer patients.

Adolescent Stem Cell Donors: Benefits, Burdens, and Risks of Being a Lifeline for a Sibling

Adolescent Stem Cell Donors: Benefits, Burdens, and Risks of Being a Lifeline for a Sibling

Psychosocial support for donor siblings of bone marrow transplant patients is a significant part of the care provided by the transplant team.

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

Following the call to arms of the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on the impact of medical errors, a multidisciplinary team of health care providers turn the focus toward emotional harms to patients.

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Pilot program coordinates palliative care and support for rural communities

Effective patient-centered palliative care is contingent on access to supportive care, which may be lacking in rural areas. In this pilot program, researchers demonstrated a model that bridges that gap.

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.

Audio therapy for pediatric postoperative pain

Audio therapy for pediatric postoperative pain

Listening to music or audiobooks has a profound impact on postoperative pain perception in children. The benefit is increased when the patients are allowed to choose their own music or stories.

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