Dr. Gitlin is an expert on “person-centered” care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and the originator of a massive open online course (M.O.O.C.) on this condition, which will be offered through Coursera for five weeks starting in mid-October. You can sign up now.
The problem of creating a general frailty index is still unsolved. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of research on this subject. Our studies took advantage of mobile device features (accelerometer sensors, wireless communication capabilities, and processing capacities among others) to develop a new method that achieves an objective assessment of frailty based on similarity results for an elderly population, providing an essential support for physicians.
ICPCN has officially launched its new website today, Wednesday 28 August 2013. This new ICPCN website (www.icpcn.org) has been designed to improve navigation and user experience and to reflect the latest developments in digital media and design.
Conclusions: Participation in an online PC education program by PCPs improved patient scores for some symptoms and family anxiety on the POS and also showed improved global QOL. Significant differences were found in physicians’ knowledge at short and long term.
Two new resource lists provide details of online education resources for those working in palliative care in Ireland and internationally.
A new iPad app uses art to encourage conversations between seniors with early to mid-stage dementia and their family and friends.
End of life Care for all (or e-ELCA) is an online learning module created by the National End of Life Care Programme of Great Britain and Ireland. This e-learning course is available to the public and has 5 different modules (Introduction; advance care planning; assessment; communication skills and symptom management). Each session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
DataPall is a simple, effective electronic medical records system that can assist in developing an evidence base of clinical data for palliative care in low resource settings. The system is available at no cost, is specifically designed to chronicle care in the region, and is catered to meet the technical needs and user specifications of such facilities.
A new, patient-centered ACP website that focuses on preparing patients for communication and decision making significantly improves engagement in the process of ACP and behavior change. A clinical trial of PREPARE is currently underway.