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Pending And Widening Gap In The Palliative Care Workforce

Pending And Widening Gap In The Palliative Care Workforce

The field of palliative care appears to be moving in two opposite directions. Demand for services continues to increase as more people with chronic and serious conditions gain access to therapies that prolong their lives. At the same time, researchers project the number of trained palliative care professionals could shrink dramatically, resulting in a “workforce…

Delivery Of Complementary Therapy To People With Palliative Care

Delivery Of Complementary Therapy To People With Palliative Care

People in palliative care who receive massage, aromatherapy or reflexology describe the experience as a positive one with beneficial effects on their overall sense of well-being, according to a recent systematic review and thematic synthesis. The research, “Aromatherapy, massage and reflexology: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the perspectives from people with palliative care needs,”…

Palliative Care Nurses

Palliative Care Nurses Cannot Do Work Across The Whole Region

Busselton Hospice Care Inc have called for more funding to extend their volunteer service into the community. Currently, there are two palliative care nurses who service the region from Busselton to Augusta. Busselton Hospice Care Inc board member Helen Walker said while the community was quite fortunate with its services in Busselton, there were not…

Palliative Care Program With Patients To Develop Advance Care Plans

Palliative Care Program With Patients To Develop Advance Care Plans

Athens, Ga.-headquartered St. Mary’s Health System is expanding their hospital base palliative care program outside of their walls and into patients’ homes in three Georgia counties. St. Mary’s has offered palliative care for its inpatients for a number of years. In 2010, the hospital installed two dedicated palliative care suites that include space for patient…

Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia

Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia

If everyone was more aware of dementia, it could improve comfort in a love one’s dying days, say Canadian geriatricians who found distressing medical procedures were common among nursing home residents, especially men. The geriatric researchers publish a study Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open on 27,000 nursing home residents in Ontario with advance…

End of life care

Managing Expectations For End Of Life Care For Patients with Cancer

There are key steps that nurses can follow to improve upon patient expectations and their understanding of end-of-life care. “Be prepare before you go into that room,” Brianna Kirkland, RN, Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care; said during a presentation at the 3rd Annual School of Nursing Oncology, where she discuss these steps. Before…

The Lifetime Effects Of Adult Wealth On Health In Older Age

The Lifetime Effects Of Adult Wealth On Health In Older Age

Childhood disadvantage is directly related to levels of physical, mental and social health in older age, according to new research from Massey University. Psychology researchers from the Health in Ageing Research Team (HART) investigate the lifetime effects of childhood deprivation, education, and adult wealth on health in older age. They say the study emphasizes the…

Advancing Dementia Patient Remain In Their Homes Until They Die

Advancing Dementia Patient Remain In Their Homes Until They Die

Contrary to popular belief, most older Americans with advancing dementia remain in their own homes many until they die. But a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco has revealed that this population may endure more pain and have more complex or unaddress medical needs than their counterparts in nursing homes. In the study,…

Pacific Islands Are Dying Regularly From Highly Treatable Cancers

Pacific Islands Are Dying Regularly From Highly Treatable Cancers

People living in the Pacific Islands are dying regularly from highly treatable cancers because of a lack of cancer care services around the region, researchers say. In the first of a major series on cancer control in small island nations published in The Lancet Oncology, lead author Professor Diana Sarfati, of the University of Otago, Wellington,…

Primary Care Shows Improved Reliability Of Palliative Care

Primary Care Shows Improved Reliability Of Palliative Care

Primary Care; Palliative care, an approach aimed to improve quality of life of patients with a life-threatening illness and their relatives, is complex, focusing on the prevention and relief of suffering from physical, psychosocial, and spiritual issues at the end of life. Contrary to many other western countries like the US, Canada, the UK and…

APOE Variant Increases Risk Of Death

New Study Find APOE Variant That Increases Risk Of Death

A new study of 38,537 persons of European ancestry suggests that a rare variation of a gene called APOE may be protective and prolong life, in sharp contrast to a more widely studied apolipoprotein E (APOE) variant that increases risk of death. The findings by the E2-CHARGE consortium of investigators, led by senior investigator Sudha…

Palliative Nurse Must Have Patience And Make Quick Decision

Palliative Nurse Must Have Patience And Make Quick Decision

Every morning when Jane Banda wakes up, she says a prayer: “Lord, may they not lose any of my patients today”. She is a palliative nurse at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) hospice in Kisumu. Her typical day involves administering medication to terminally ill patients; holding them when they get overwhelmed…