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Palliative Care in Survivors of Critical Illness

In a recent study, the role of palliative care in post-ICU survivors was explored. Following interviews with 29 physicians, the unanimous agreement emerged that palliative care has a significant impact for these survivors of serious illnesses. Some important targets of these treatments include pain management, adjusting care to the patient’s Continue reading →

Good Death for People Living with Dementia

It is estimated that the number of individuals worldwide affected by dementia will reach 152 million by 2050. With an increase in the number of people living with dementia globally, palliative care and end-of-life care are becoming increasingly important in demen­tia care. However, there is a lack of evidence on Continue reading →

Patient-reported outcome measures in children, adolescents, and young adults with palliative care needs—a scoping review

Children’s hospice palliative care (or pediatric hospice palliative care) is an active, holistic approach to care which focuses on relieving the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual suffering experienced by children and families who face a life-threatening condition, and helping them fulfill their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual goals. To strengthen Continue reading →

Best Practice in Telephone Bereavement Support

While telephone bereavement support is widely used, there is minimal guidance as to what telephone support should comprise and little is known about what constitutes best practice. To better understand emerging best practice, Staniland and colleagues (2023) conducted a study to explore bereavement care providers’ perceptions of best practice in Continue reading →

Interventions for Family Caregivers of Patients Receiving Hospice Palliative Care at Home: A Scoping Review

Caregivers play an important role in caring for individuals receiving hospice care at home, but also face negative outcomes (e.g., burden, depression, anxiety) associated with caregiving at the end-of-life. There are many different interventions aimed at supporting caregivers, but few studies have broadly examined outcomes of interventions that support caregivers Continue reading →