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Objective: The ability of families to assume caregiving responsibilities is contingent on material, social, and professional support. Inadequate or inappropriate support to the terminally ill and their family caregivers can result in the misuse of resources and add burden to the family. In this...
Background: To add to the data regarding the quality of care given to dying children and their families. Objective: To develop baseline of end-of-life care at a single pediatric facility to evaluate institution-wide palliative care initiative. Design: Retrospective chart review of all known...
Background: Little is known about the long-term psychological impact of stopping life support treatments on surviving loved ones. Objective: The authors sought to determine if there was an increase in pathologic grief in family members left behind after deaths that followed dialysis...
Background: Relief of distressful symptoms in terminally ill patients with cancer is of prime importance. Use of sedation to accomplish this has been the focus of recent medical studies in countries other than Japan. We investigated the influence on consciousness of sedative drugs in a Japanese...
Background: Previous research has demonstrated that nursing education has not prepared nurses to provide optimum end-of-life (EOL) care; and yet, care of patients at the EOL is contingent on adequate preparation of nurses. To date, there has not been a unified or organized effort to broadly...
Background: Bereavement is a risk factor for declines in health, adverse health behaviors, increased physician visits, and mortality, and occurs with greatest frequency in later life. Little is known about health behaviors that are associated with better quality of life among recently bereaved...
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