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People with opioid use disorder less likely to receive palliative care at end of life

Written by | 4 May 2024

Compared with people without opioid use disorder, those with opioid use disorder were less likely to receive palliative care in clinics and in their homes, and were dying… read more.

Many older adults receiving home care do not receive palliative care before death

Written by | 27 Feb 2024

Many older adults receiving home care do not receive any palliative home care before death, suggesting we need better methods to identify people who need this support, according… 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.

Palliative care is underused for patients with malignant urinary obstruction

Written by | 2 Jan 2024

Less than half of patients with malignant ureteral obstruction (MUO) – a serious complication of advanced cancer, with a poor prognosis – receive palliative care (PC) for their… 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.

One in three Alzheimer’s disease family caregivers has persistent symptoms of depression

Written by | 5 Oct 2022

More than 60% of family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) experienced at least mild depressive symptoms already at the time the individual with AD was diagnosed…. read more.

Patient survey reveals preference and economic cost of breathlessness services

Written by | 28 Aug 2022

A new study has examined patient preferences for breathlessness services and determined the cost savings of these provisions for the NHS. The paper is published today in Thorax by researchers… read more.

Simulation in medical school helps prepare doctors to care for dying patients

Written by | 11 Aug 2022

Simulated experience of caring for a dying patient and their family can improve the confidence and preparedness of medical students to provide such care, according to a new… read more.

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