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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.

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.

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

A recent study demonstrates cost efficiencies seen in patients with cancer who enrolled in the Medicare hospice program. It also offers explanations for why more patients may not be using the program.

Evidence-based design: A new concept in health care facilities that puts the focus on patients

Evidence-based design: A new concept in health care facilities that puts the focus on patients

A medical center in New Jersey makes the most of a rare opportunity to rebuild from the ground up. Its innovative patient rooms follow evidence-based design, a new concept in health care architecture.

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