Assessment of Reasons for Referral and Activities of Hospital Palliative Care Teams Using a Standard Format: A Multicenter 1000 Case Description

The components of hospital PCT activities were successfully measured using the Standard Format for Reporting Hospital PCT Activity. The results of this study and the format for reporting hospital PCT activity could be effective in improving hospital PCT practice and for the education of new hospital PCT members.

via Assessment of Reasons for Referral and Activities of Hospital Palliative Care Teams Using a Standard Format: A Multicenter 1000 Case Description.

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A Hospital-Based Palliative Care Service for Patients With Advanced Organ Failure in Sub-Saharan Africa Reduces Admissions and Increases Home Death Rates

These data demonstrate that an outpatient hospital-based service reduced admissions and improved the rate of home deaths and offers a feasible and cost-effective model for such settings.

via A Hospital-Based Palliative Care Service for Patients With Advanced Organ Failure in Sub-Saharan Africa Reduces Admissions and Increases Home Death Rates.

The requirements of a specialist Breast Centre

Applying minimum requirements and quality indicators is essential to improve organisation, performance and outcome in breast care. Efficacy and compliance have to be constantly monitored to evaluate the quality of patient care and to allow appropriate corrective actions leading to improvements in patient care.

via The requirements of a specialist Breast Centre.

Spiritual Therapy to Improve the Spiritual Well-Being of Iranian Women with Breast Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The results of this randomized controlled trial study suggest that participation in spiritual therapy program is associated with improvements across spiritual well-being and several areas of quality of life, including physical, emotional, and social functioning. Targeted interventions to acknowledge and incorporate spiritual needs into conventional treatment, should be considered in caring of Iranian patients with breast cancer.

via Spiritual Therapy to Improve the Spiritual Well-Being of Iranian Women with Breast Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Caregiver support program decreases dementia emergency visits : Family Practice News

A pilot program that supports the caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease patients decreased emergency admissions for those patients in San Francisco by more than 40% in 6 months, Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D., reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013.

via Caregiver support program decreases dementia emergency visits : Family Practice News.

UW gets $697K grant for palliative care training – Puget Sound Business Journal

The University of Washington has received a $697,000 grant from the Cambia Health Foundation that will be used to establish a palliative care training center.

via UW gets $697K grant for palliative care training – Puget Sound Business Journal.

Cambridge Journals Online – Palliative & Supportive Care – Abstract – Interdisciplinary programmatic approaches to comprehensive distress screening for implementing the quality care standard of whole-patient care

Cambridge Journals Online – Palliative & Supportive Care – Abstract – Interdisciplinary programmatic approaches to comprehensive distress screening for implementing the quality care standard of whole-patient care.

Buddy programs link med students, Alzheimer’s patients – amednews.com

Four schools now offer a program designed to lead to better knowledge and empathy by students, and several more schools are coming on board.

via Buddy programs link med students, Alzheimer’s patients – amednews.com.

BMC Pulmonary Medicine | Abstract | Facilitating education in pulmonary rehabilitation using the living well with COPD programme for pulmonary rehabilitation: a process evaluation

This rigorous process evaluation has demonstrated that the LWWCOPD programme for pulmonary rehabilitation can be used to deliver high quality, consistent and equitable education sessions during hospital and community-based pulmonary rehabilitation. This programme is now available worldwide (http://www.livingwellwithcopd.com/living-well-and-pulmonary-rehabilitation.html).

via BMC Pulmonary Medicine | Abstract | Facilitating education in pulmonary rehabilitation using the living well with COPD programme for pulmonary rehabilitation: a process evaluation.

Hospice and Caregiving Blog: Letter to Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals – July 30, 2013

We want to call your attention to a remarkable program that will soon be offered by Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) in cooperation with a number of national organizations in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

via Hospice and Caregiving Blog: Letter to Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals – July 30, 2013.