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.

Author(s): 
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.

Author(s): 
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.

Author(s): 
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.

Author(s): 
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.

Author(s): 
Ou, Meei
Liu, Ying-Chun
Huang, Ching-Chi
Chao, Yen-Hsiang
Lee, Tso-Ying
Chiang, Hsien-Hsien
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