The Dangers of Loneliness: Findings from a Study among Appalachian Elders | Off the Charts

Writing for AJN in 1955, Hildegard Peplau described the complexities of loneliness, observing that “often loneliness is not felt; instead the person has a feeling of unexplained dread, of desperation, or extreme restlessness.”  Fast-forward to 2009: nurse researchers Laurie Theeke and Jennifer Mallow wanted to better understand the health implications of loneliness, and decided to conduct a study.

via The Dangers of Loneliness: Findings from a Study among Appalachian Elders | Off the Charts.

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Novel open-source electronic medical records system for palliative care in low-resource settings – Springer

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.

via Novel open-source electronic medical records system for palliative care in low-resource settings – Springer.

BMC Palliative Care | Abstract | Novel open-source electronic medical records system for palliative care in low-resource settings

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.

via BMC Palliative Care | Abstract | Novel open-source electronic medical records system for palliative care in low-resource settings.

Quality-of-Care Indicators Among Remote-Dwelling Hemodialysis Patients: A Cohort Study

Although several quality-of-care indicators were less common in remote-dwelling hemodialysis patients, these differences do not appear sufficient to explain the previously noted disparities in clinical outcomes by residence location.

via Quality-of-Care Indicators Among Remote-Dwelling Hemodialysis Patients: A Cohort Study.

Rural health professionals’ perspectives on providing grief and loss support in cancer care – Breen – 2013 – European Journal of Cancer Care – Wiley Online Library

. These challenges are likely to be of growing concern given that populations are declining in rural areas as Australia becomes increasingly urban. The findings have implications in enhancing the loss and grief support services available in rural, regional, and remote Western Australia, including those grieving the death of a loved one through cancer.

via Rural health professionals’ perspectives on providing grief and loss support in cancer care – Breen – 2013 – European Journal of Cancer Care – Wiley Online Library.

The Impact of a Palliative Care Program in a Rural Appalachian Community Hospital

The Impact of a Palliative Care Program in a Rural Appalachian Community Hospital.