end-of-life care

Publication Title: 
BMC palliative care

BACKGROUND: Music therapy is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies in different palliative care settings. Despite its long tradition and high acceptance by other health-care professionals, evidence on the effectiveness of music therapy interventions for terminally ill patients is rare. Recent reviews and health-care reports consistently point out the need of music therapists to provide an evidence-based rationale for their clinical treatments in this field.

Warth, Marco
Kessler, Jens
Koenig, Julian
Wormit, Alexander F.
Hillecke, Thomas K.
Bardenheuer, Hubert J.
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine

BACKGROUND: Hospital is the most common place of cancer death but concerns regarding the quality of end-of-life care remain. AIM: Preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of the Liverpool Care Pathway on the quality of end-of-life care provided to adult cancer patients during their last week of life in hospital. DESIGN: Uncontrolled before-after intervention cluster trial. SETTINGS/PARTICIPANTS: The trial was performed within four hospital wards participating in the pilot implementation of the Italian version of the Liverpool Care Pathway programme.

Costantini, Massimo
Pellegrini, Fabio
Di Leo, Silvia
Beccaro, Monica
Rossi, Carla
Flego, Guia
Romoli, Vittoria
Giannotti, Michela
Morone, Paola
Ivaldi, Giovanni P.
Cavallo, Laura
Fusco, Flavio
Higginson, Irene J.
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine

BACKGROUND: People with dementia have been described as the 'disadvantaged dying' with poor end-of-life care. Towards the end of life, people with dementia cannot report on the care they receive. It is therefore important to talk to caregivers; however, few have explored the views about end-of-life care from the caregivers' perspective. The majority of research on family caregivers has focussed on the burden and psychological impact of caring for a relative with dementia.

Davies, Nathan
Rait, Greta
Maio, Laura
Iliffe, Steve
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine

BACKGROUND: Relatives looking after a terminally ill family member at home face numerous challenges. Studies into relatives' experiences of home caregiving have been criticised for their descriptive nature and lack of theoretical underpinnings. AIM: To explore the emotional challenges faced by home caregivers, and their experiences of healthcare professionals, from the perspective of existential psychology. DESIGN: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Transcripts were analysed thematically using the Framework approach.

Totman, Jonathan
Pistrang, Nancy
Smith, Susan
Hennessey, Susan
Martin, Jonathan
Publication Title: 
Hu Li Za Zhi The Journal of Nursing

BACKGROUND: Caring for dying patients is an emotional burden for nurses. PURPOSE: This study used reflective groups to explore the process of transition that nurses go through in caring for dying patients. METHODS: We adopted a phenomenological approach. Data were collected from nurses participating in 12 reflective groups. All nurses worked in oncology / hospice units in a general hospital in Taipei. We used thematic analysis to analyze data.

Ou, Meei
Liu, Ying-Chun
Huang, Ching-Chi
Chao, Yen-Hsiang
Lee, Tso-Ying
Chiang, Hsien-Hsien
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