Activities of Daily Living

Publication Title: 
The Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing

An n = 1 clinical trial of the effectiveness of aromatherapy on motivational behaviour in a dementia care setting was undertaken using an AB design. Baseline data were recorded for two months, followed by two months of treatment data. Findings showed a statistically significant improvement in motivational behaviour associated with the use of aromatherapy.

Author(s): 
MacMahon, S.
Kermode, S.
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine

Palliative day care has expanded rapidly in the recent years, but the types of care available vary. To understand more about the different models of day care we conducted a questionnaire survey of the 43-day care centres in North and South Thames Regions in England (total population 13.75 million). The questionnaire covered: management, staffing and organizational policies; the numbers, types and reasons for referral; and the services and care provided. Forty (93%) centres responded. Centres had operated for between 1 and 16 years, mean 8 years.

Author(s): 
Higginson, I. J.
Hearn, J.
Myers, K.
Naysmith, A.
Publication Title: 
International psychogeriatrics / IPA

OBJECTIVE: To provide a systematic review of selected experimental studies of psychosocial treatments of behavioral disturbances in dementia. Psychosocial treatments are defined here as strategies derived from one of three psychologically oriented paradigms (learning theory, unmet needs and altered stress thresholds). METHOD: English language reports published or in press by December 2006 were identified by means of database searches, checks of previous reviews and contact with recognized experts.

Author(s): 
O'Connor, Daniel W.
Ames, David
Gardner, Betina
King, Madeleine
Publication Title: 
Palliative & Supportive Care

OBJECTIVE: One of the most important goals of palliative care is achieving a good death. Most Japanese believe that �having some pleasure in daily life� is necessary at the end of life. The aim of this study was to identify, from the perspective of physicians and nurses, a care strategy that ensures that cancer patients have pleasure in daily life at the end of life. METHOD: We conducted semistructured interviews with experts in palliative care units. A total of 45 participants included 22 palliative care physicians and 23 nurses.

Author(s): 
Nakano, Kimiko
Sato, Kazuki
Katayama, Harumi
Miyashita, Mitsunori
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: There has been limited study of yoga training as a complementary exercise strategy to manage the symptom of dyspnea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate a yoga program for its safety, feasibility, and efficacy for decreasing dyspnea intensity (DI) and dyspnea-related distress (DD) in older adults with COPD.

Author(s): 
Donesky-Cuenco, DorAnne
Nguyen, Huong Q.
Paul, Steven
Carrieri-Kohlman, Virginia
Publication Title: 
African journal of traditional, complementary, and alternative medicines: AJTCAM / African Networks on Ethnomedicines

In a clinical trial carried out on 60 women with multiple sclerosis, the researchers obtained data using survey questionnaires. In addition to demographic data, the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life-54 (MSQoL-54) instrument was used to determine how multiple sclerosis influences the quality of life of the studied women. Within the frame of this randomized controlled trial, the participants were divided into two equally sized groups (the case and the control group) in which the level of pain and the quality of life were evaluated.

Author(s): 
Doulatabad, Shahla Najafi
Nooreyan, Khirollah
Doulatabad, Ardavan Najafi
Noubandegani, Zinat Mohebbi
Publication Title: 
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health

AIM: This paper explores how a group of elderly women used humour, beauty, and cultural activities to maintain physical and mental well-being. METHODS: The paper reports on one aspect of a qualitative study on women's work and health in a lifetime perspective. Interviews with 20 strategically selected Swedish women, aged 63 to 83 years, were audiotaped and analysed according to a phenomenological approach.

Author(s): 
Forssén, Annika S. K.
Publication Title: 
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

Individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnoses experience high rehospitalization rates. Consumer-delivered services are recognized as an important intervention for this population, but no studies have examined the extent to which such services are associated with enhanced community tenure and prevention of rehospitalizations. This longitudinal, comparison group study examines the effect of participation in The Friends Connection, a peer support program for individuals with co-occurring disorders, on 3-year rehospitalization patterns.

Author(s): 
Min, So-Young
Whitecraft, Jeanie
Rothbard, Aileen B.
Salzer, Mark S.
Publication Title: 
Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

BACKGROUND: Treatments offered at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Norway are based on Maharishi Vedic medicine, which is also known as Maharishi Ayurveda. It is a consciousness based revival of the ancient Ayurvedic medicine tradition in India and is established by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a pilot study of the effect of the treatment program at the Health Centre on fibromyalgia patients.

Author(s): 
Rasmussen, L. B.
Mikkelsen, K.
Haugen, M.
Pripp, A. H.
Førre, Ø T.
Publication Title: 
Clinical Rheumatology

Treatments offered at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Norway are based on Maharishi Vedic Medicine (MVM). MVM is a consciousness-based revival by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program of the ancient Ayurvedic medicine tradition in India. To extend from 6 to 24 months, a pilot study of the effects of the treatment program at the Health Centre on fibromyalgia. Retesting 2 years after a clinical trial.

Author(s): 
Rasmussen, Lars Bjørn
Mikkelsen, Knut
Haugen, Margaretha
Pripp, Are H.
Fields, Jeremy Z.
Førre, Øystein T.

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