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End-of-life systemic treatment for patients with advanced cancers does not improve survival

Written by | 22 May 2024

Patients with very advanced solid tumors saw no significant improvement in overall survival after receiving systemic therapy, according to a study published today in JAMA Oncology by researchers at The University… read more.

Largest-ever study of palliative care demonstrates scalable strategy to increase support for seriously ill patients in the hospital

Written by | 4 Feb 2024

Ordering a palliative care consultation by “default” – via an automatic order programmed into the electronic medical record that doctors may cancel if they choose – is an… read more.

Digital health ethics for precision medicine in palliative care

Written by | 9 Nov 2023

A new article in the peer-reviewed OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology examines the ethical, equity, and societal/relational implications of digital health technologies for precision medicine in end-of-life care. Click here to… read more.

Carers and staff delivering end-of-life care need long-term support

Written by | 28 Oct 2023

Palliative care staff and carers may now need longer-term support mechanisms under a new post-lockdown public health approach, a new study reveals. Researchers found that end-of-life care changed… read more.

Palliative care: Creating a new model to address suffering for neurological illnesses

Written by | 30 Jun 2023

Neurologic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, brain cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and stroke, are among the most dreaded illnesses in medicine and leading causes of disability and death worldwide…. read more.

New ruling on care of dying will force some to live life “of machine-related suffering”

Written by | 28 Jun 2023

The newly revised ruling on advance medical directives and withholding/withdrawing medical support for the dying in India will inevitably force some terminally ill patients to “live a life… read more.

Machine learning-triggered reminders improve end-of-life care for patients with cancer

Written by | 14 Jan 2023

Electronic nudges delivered to health care clinicians based on a machine learning algorithm that predicts mortality risk quadrupled rates of conversations with patients about their end-of-life care preferences,… read more.

Study explores when nursing home chains should customize or standardize

Written by | 4 Jul 2022

A new study by a University of South Florida researcher found important revelations that could provide chain-operated nursing homes with crucial implications for operational goals and strategic findings… read more.

Hospices vary widely in prescribing of “comfort kit” medications

Written by | 14 May 2022

When a person nearing the end of their life enters hospice care, their hospice agency’s doctors may prescribe a “comfort kit” of small amounts of medications that their… read more.

Dapagliflozin improves outcomes in heart failure among frail patients

Written by | 27 Apr 2022

Adjunctive dapagliflozin therapy appears to improve outcomes in heart failure patients without regard to frailty status at initiation of treatment. These findings appeared on April 26, 2022 in… read more.

Pilot study suggests artificial intelligence could help assess, improve heart transplant outcomes

Written by | 22 Mar 2022

Heart transplantation can be a lifesaving operation for patients with end-stage heart failure. However, many patients experience organ transplant rejection, in which the immune system begins attacking the… read more.

More severe stroke patients should receive palliative care consultations

Written by | 12 Mar 2022

Only 20 percent of patients being treated in the hospital for severe stroke received a palliative care consultation, and only 43 percent of patients who died in the… read more.

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