Hospital Units

Publication Title: 
Revue Medicale Suisse

The news in addiction medicine for 2011 include new knowledges coming from the neurosciences, but also new clinical concepts, as the role of hospital addiction units in an integrated network of care. The issue of cocaine vaccination is discussed from an ethical point of view. Finally, the integration of mindfulness techniques is introduced as a useful approach in the treatment of the addictions.

Author(s): 
Besson, J.
Grivel, J.
Tomei, A.
Falcheri, J.-P.
Waelchli, M.
Simon, O.
Rossier, V.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Services Research & Policy

OBJECTIVE: There is concern about whether public services in Northern Ireland are equitably targeted across the religious divide. This study investigates whether use of acute hospital inpatient services differs by religious denomination, after adjusting for supply and for identified demographic, morbidity and socio-economic determinants of need for such services. METHODS: Hospital utilisation at small area level was modelled against a wide range of potential health and socioeconomic factors.

Author(s): 
Jamison, Jim
O'Reilly, Dermot
Carr-Hill, Roy
Stevenson, Mike
Publication Title: 
Hoitotiede

The purposes of the study were to find out relatives' opinions about the care of dying patients as well as to find out how relatives assess the nursing care which was given to their nearest on the hospital wards. In order to collect the data for the study, the family members of patients (N = 628) who had died not more than one year before in the hospital, were interviewed. The interviewing was done by sending a questionnaire to every other relative (N = 314), 210 of which (62%) answered the questions.

Author(s): 
Mikkola-Salo, V.
Arve, S.
Lehtonen, A.
Routasalo, P.
Publication Title: 
Hoitotiede

The purposes of the study were to find out relatives' opinions about the care of dying patients as well as to find out how relatives assess the nursing care which was given to their nearest on the hospital wards. In order to collect the data for the study, the family members of patients (N = 628) who had died not more than one year before in the hospital, were interviewed. The interviewing was done by sending a questionnaire to every other relative (N = 314), 210 of which (62%) answered the questions.

Author(s): 
Mikkola-Salo, V.
Arve, S.
Lehtonen, A.
Routasalo, P.
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: 
International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine

Seven cases of psychiatric consultations on medical and surgical wards are reviewed to show how intrapsychic conflicts in the staff may make the consultation request appear inappropriate. On deeper examination, such requests may signify staff dysfunction caused by arousal of conflictual feelings about the behavior of illness of the patient. Mutilated, mute patients appear to arouse fear of agression in their caregivers, who in turn reject such patients, see them as alien and violent, and become illogical in their management.

Author(s): 
Kucharski, A.
Groves, J. E.
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia & Pain Control in Dentistry

This paper reports the results of 34 craniofacial pain sufferers who were treated at the Dudley Pain Relief Unit over a 1-year period. Most of the patients were referred by their general medical practitioners. They were adults representing all age groups, with a female-male ratio of 4:1. The average history of pain was 5.5 years. Neuralgic pain (as distinct from temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome, migrainous disorders, and pain of iatrogenic origin) was most frequently seen.

Author(s): 
Hillman, L.
Burns, M. T.
Chander, A.
Tai, Y. M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Palliative Medicine

BACKGROUND: Fatigue is one of the most distressful symptoms experienced by patients with advanced cancer. Aromatherapy, footsoak, and reflexology are popular health care modality treatments in Japan, however, the effectiveness of each treatment for cancer-related fatigue has not been fully established. DESIGN AND SUBJECTS: To investigate the effectiveness of combined modality treatment consisting of aromatherapy, footsoak, and reflexology against fatigue, an open study was performed in 20 terminally ill patients with cancer.

Author(s): 
Kohara, Hiroyuki
Miyauchi, Takako
Suehiro, Yoko
Ueoka, Hiroshi
Takeyama, Hiroyasu
Morita, Tatsuya
Publication Title: 
Phlébologie

The presence of people with lymphedema taking the waters at the thermal spa at Bagnoles-de-l'Orne led to the creation of a Lymphology Unit at the Hôpital de La Ferté-Macé, situated 5 km from the spa. A course of treatment at a spa is a considerable aid in treating lymphedema because of its filtering, resolving, keratolytic and sedative action and because of hydraulic pressure therapy.

Author(s): 
Orhan, J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

The primary aim of this study was to explore the changes in medical/nursing care in patients who transferred from a palliative care team (PCT) to a palliative care unit (PCU) in the same hospital, and to explore the reasons why new or modified interventions were required. This was a retrospective study of 50 consecutive patients who were transferred from PCT to PCU in a 750-bed general hospital.

Author(s): 
Morita, Tatsuya
Imura, Chizuru
Fujimoto, Koji
Shishido, Hideki
Tei, Yo
Inoue, Satoshi

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