On Death and Fear: A Personal Reflection on the Value of Social Psychology Research to the Practice of Oncologists

On Death and Fear: A Personal Reflection on the Value of Social Psychology Research to the Practice of Oncologists.

Are Needs Assessments Cost Effective in Reducing Distress Among Patients With Cancer? A Randomized Controlled Trial Using the Distress Thermometer and Problem List

Conclusion Patients with cancer have a high prevalence of distress. Needs assessment can be performed quickly and inexpensively. However, the DT&PL was not cost effective in improving patient mood states. It is important to explore the reasons for this so that oncology units can design better services to support patients.

via Are Needs Assessments Cost Effective in Reducing Distress Among Patients With Cancer? A Randomized Controlled Trial Using the Distress Thermometer and Problem List.

2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care | Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network

The upcoming conference is targeted at all medical professions from all fields of medicine. The three day conference will focus on innovative educational sessions in palliative care for non palliative care specialists. The program will include presentations, interactive workshops, and present research at various levels of development

via 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care | Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network.

Multimodal exercise training during myeloablative chemotherapy: a prospective randomized pilot trial – Online First – Springer

Multimodal exercise has beneficial effects on physical performance, physical functioning, and treatment-related symptoms even during myeloablative chemotherapy. We suggest an enhanced physical activity intervention program during hospitalization of cancer patients.

via Multimodal exercise training during myeloablative chemotherapy: a prospective randomized pilot trial – Online First – Springer.

High Burden of Palliative Needs among Older ICU Survivors Transferred to Post-Acute Care Facilities: A Single Center Study (thoracic)

Older ICU survivors from a single center who required post-acute facility care had a high burden palliative care needs and a high six-month mortality. The in-hospital post-critical acute care period should be targeted for palliative care assessment and intervention.

via High Burden of Palliative Needs among Older ICU Survivors Transferred to Post-Acute Care Facilities: A Single Center Study (thoracic).

Coordination of care for individuals with adv… [Br J Gen Pract. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI

Care is poorly coordinated in generalist settings for patients in the last year of life, although those with cancer have better coordinated care than other patients. A model to improve coordination of care for all individuals approaching the end of life must ensure that patients are identified in a timely way, so that they can be assessed and their care planned accordingly.

via Coordination of care for individuals with adv… [Br J Gen Pract. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI.

Deborah A. Boyle – Psychosocial Support Services: Still MIA | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams

Nearly two decades ago, Coluzzi and colleagues published their survey results of supportive services offered at National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers.1 At that time, 68 percent of responding institutions offered counseling interventions, and 90 percent sponsored support groups and had spiritual care departments.

via Deborah A. Boyle – Psychosocial Support Services: Still MIA | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams.

Info Long-Term Care: Communication and Mealtimes Toolkit

The Communication and Mealtimes Toolkit is a guide for caregivers and long-term care professionals on creating a person-centered care approach to communication and mealtime for persons with dementia.   The toolkit looks at issues that arise on a daily basis and gives straightforward and practical advice to caregivers wanting solutions to these common problems.

via Info Long-Term Care: Communication and Mealtimes Toolkit.

BMC Palliative Care | Abstract | A qualitative study examining the sustainability of shared care in the delivery of palliative care services in the community

This study may inform program and policy specific to strategic ways to improve the provision of team-based palliative home care using a shared care model, while simultaneously providing direction for team-based program delivery and sustainability for other jurisdictions.

via BMC Palliative Care | Abstract | A qualitative study examining the sustainability of shared care in the delivery of palliative care services in the community.

Subjective stressors moderate effectiveness of a multi-component, multi-site intervention on caregiver depression and burden – Hatch – 2013 – International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry – Wiley Online Library

Results suggest greater intervention efficacy among caregivers experiencing subjective stress.

via Subjective stressors moderate effectiveness of a multi-component, multi-site intervention on caregiver depression and burden – Hatch – 2013 – International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry – Wiley Online Library.