Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News

Many seniors think Medicare made a mistake when they find out they were never officially admitted to the hospital despite a several-day stay.

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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.

Individual and dyadic development of personal growth in couples coping with cancer – Online First – Springer

Dyadic growth is a phenomenon not limited to breast cancer or female patient couples and may represent a form of dyadic coping. Patients and partners seem to develop individual and dyadic growth, depending on a combination of gender and life threat. Psycho-oncology services may want to promote both couple level coping and support in order to optimize cancer care.

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Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery Versus Supportive Expressive Group Therapy for Distressed Survivors of Breast Cancer (MINDSET)

Conclusion In the largest trial to date, MBCR was superior for improving a range of psychological outcomes for distressed survivors of breast cancer. Both SET and MBCR also resulted in more normative diurnal cortisol profiles than the control condition. The clinical implications of this finding require further investigation.

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The ability of informal primary caregivers to accurately report cancer patients’ difficulties – Libert – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library

Family primary caregivers correctly reported approximately two thirds of physical and psychological patients’ difficulties; however, they had less accurate reports of patients’ social difficulties. Correct report rates increased the probability of false report rates. Healthcare professionals should carefully evaluate the accuracy of a primary informal caregiver’s report in regards to patient experiences. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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CONFESSIONS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR » How to Plan for Death

For most people, planning for death isn’t their choice way of spending an afternoon. Most people avoid the thought altogether, until they get older and accept death as just another part of life. As most people know, your death doesn’t only affect you; it affects everyone that you surround yourself with, and it’s important that you leave this world on good terms. There are many ways to make amends with your loved ones before passing, but of these things are a few that stand out above the rest.

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In Coming Decades, Fewer Caregivers – NYTimes.com

If you’re a healthy baby boomer looking after your own elderly parents, that question may not have crossed your mind just yet. But it’s going to be a big issue going forward.

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When One Loses Empathy

Results highlight that changes in aspects of empathy differ across dementia syndromes and are associated with differing carer and clinical variables. These findings might be explained by the progression of atrophy in regions that are known to be critical for empathy and social behavior and has implications for the delivery and planning of services in dementia.

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Health-related Quality of Life, Fatigue, and Posttraumatic Growth of Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy: A Longitudinal Study – Online First – Springer

The results from this analysis suggest that a significant decrease in HRQoL is evident in the fifth/sixth week of RT treatment. However, recovery of HRQoL occurs as quickly as a few weeks after the end of treatment. Moreover, patients with high ratings of Social/Family Well-being experience more positive psychological changes (PTG) resulting from the cancer experience.

via Health-related Quality of Life, Fatigue, and Posttraumatic Growth of Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy: A Longitudinal Study – Online First – Springer.

Being in transit and in transition The ex… [Scand J Caring Sci. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI

The aim of this study is to describe the experience of time as it presents itself at the place being situated when living with severe incurable disease and receiving palliative care. The empirical data consist of 26 open-ended interviews with 23 patients receiving palliative care at home, at a palliative day care, in a palliative bed unit in hospital or in a nursing home in Norway.

via Being in transit and in transition The ex… [Scand J Caring Sci. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI.