Aug / Sept / Oct 2019 Newsletter

Minimal Knowledge of Palliative Care Among U.S. Adults Highlights Need to Raise Public Awareness

In a national survey of Americans aged 18 years or older, nearly three-quarters reported they had never heard of palliative care, illustrating a serious need to raise awareness of and provide accurate information about the goals and benefits of palliative care to the general public, according to a report published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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May / Jun / Jul 2019 Newsletter

Patients Less Likely to Receive Palliative Care at Minority-Serving Hospitals, Regardless of Race/Ethnicity

Site of care, not race or ethnicity, may be a keydeterminant of whether or not seriously ill patients receive palliative care, a new study has found. Advanced cancer patients treated at hospitals that primarily serve minotitieswere 33% less likely than those at other facilities to be provided any palliative care, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or insurance carrier.

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Feb / Mar / Apr 2019 Newsletter

Palliative Care Linked to Significant Reduction in Suicide Risk Among Veterans with Advanced Lung Cancer

Amid growing concern about the high rate of suicide among the nation’s veterans, researchers have found that Veterans Affairs (VA) health system patients with advanced lung cancer who had at least one palliative care visit were 81% less likely to die by suicide, according o a report published in the Annals of American Thoracic Society.

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Nov / Dec / Jan 2019 Newsletter

Nearly 60% of Older Adults with Probable Dementia are Unaware of their Condition

A majority of U.S. adults aged 65 years or older who have probable dementia are either undiagnosed or unaware of their diagnosis, John Hopkins researchers have found.

Lack of diagnosis was most strongly linked to Hispanic ethnicity, while unawareness of diagnosis was linked to lower educational attainment. Both situations were associated with patients making medical visits by themselves, according to a report published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Aug / Sep / Oct 2018 Newsletter

Palliative Care Benefits Nursing Home Residents with Serious Illness who are not Ready for Hospice

Palliative care (PC) consults have the potential to greatly benefit a broad group of seriously ill nursing home (NH) residents, and should not be thought of as appropriate care reserved only for persons nearing the end of life, urge the authors of a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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May / Jun / Jul 2018 Newsletter

Most Bereaved Family Members Rate Hospice Highly, Especially for Care at Home Rather Than a Nursing Home

Nearly 90% of family caregivers rate the hospice care their deceased loved ones received as very good or excellent, with relatives of those receiving care at home or in an assisted living facility (ALF) more likely to give an excellent rating than those whose loves ones were cared for in a nursing home (NH), according to a report published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

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Feb / Mar / Apr 2018 Newsletter

Racial Disparity Gap in End-of-Life Care Narrowing, but Improvements in Overall Care Needed

Although family perceptions of the quality of care received by both black and white patients in the last month of life did not differ by race among those cared for by hospice, fewer black patients than whites were enrolled in hospice between 2011 and 2015. Further, black patients overall were more likely than whites to die in the hospital, particularly in an ICU, and less likely to die at home, according to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Nov / Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 Newsletter

Gap Persists in U.S. Between End-of-Life Care Desired and Care Received

One in eight bereaved family members report that the care their loved ones received in the last month of life was not in concordance with their preferences. Such perceived inconsistent care is likely to be accompanied by reports of a higher percentage of unmet symptoms needs and poor communication with patients/families in the last month of life, but is less likely to occur among patients who die at home.

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Aug / Sept / Oct 2017 Newsletter

Many Family Physicians See Themselves as Providers of Palliative Care

One-third of US family physicians report providing palliative care as part of their routine practice, although this provision varies widely by geographic region, physician characteristics, and care settings according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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May / Jun / Jul 2017 Newsletter

Hospice Delivers Optimized Quality of Care, Improves Survival for Patients with Lung Cancer

For patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) – the most common form of lung cancer and one of the leading cause of cancer-related death in the US – enrollment in hospice not only decreases the likelihood of receiving aggressive care at the end of life and of dying in the hospital, it may also have a survival benefit, according to findings in the the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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