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Purpose: To evaluate the influence of malignancy on the decision to limit life-sustaining therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU). Methods: At the day of patients’ admission to the ICU, we prospectively collected information on demographics, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation...
National experts have recommended that children with life-limiting illnesses receive integrated palliative and medical care. These programs offer a variety of services, including music therapy. Using survey data from parents whose were enrolled in Florida’s Partners in Care: Together for Kids...
A fundamental premise of pediatric palliative care is that support is provided not only to the ill child but to the family as well. In doing so, a number of services may be offered to family members throughout the child’s illness, at the time of death and into bereavement, such as respite,...
Two separate studies were conducted to better understand why so few middle-aged and older men volunteer in hospice palliative care; only about 10% of the patient/family care volunteers in New Brunswick’s community-based hospice palliative care volunteer programs are men. In study 1, 15 (22%) of...
Advance directive completion rates remain poor in the ambulatory setting. The purpose of this study was to explore and contrast staff provider and resident physicians’ experiences with advance care planning (ACP) and to identify barriers to this process in the primary care setting. A 17-item...
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine with anticholinergic properties, which has been used for the treatment of Parkinson disease (PD) prior to the development of newer agents with better side-effect profiles. However, most of these agents are given orally. Unfortunately, at the time of death,...
At the core of hospice remains the defining nature of mortals tending to other mortals facing diagnosed terminality. Such situations are pregnant with meanings. As mortals are subjective beings, social engagements become inundated with meaning differences. This alludes to the inescapable...
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