The role of caregivers in the quality of end-of-life care at home is increasingly important. Literature reporting perspectives of caregivers in managing medications at home is scarce in the UK. Payne S, et al, surveyed 59 caregivers retrospectively in a quality review published online ahead of print in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
Link to abstract (06/2015)
Ninety-six percent of all adult residents of La Crosse, Wisconsin have completed an advance directive. One local physician, concerned about the uncertainty of a patients’ wishes at end-of-life and the turmoil it can create amongst family members, sought to begin end-of-life discussions with all of his adult patients. Gradually, local hospitals were implored to do the same and today these discussions are a part of routine care. The program is expanding statewide, but practitioners say the big issue is getting paid for advance planning services to make sure the efforts continue.
Link to article (05/2015)
Opioid-induced Constipation: Two new palliative care Fast Facts are now available!
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. CAPC provides peer-reviewed, evidence-based summaries of key palliative care topics, termed “Fast Facts”. Two new palliative care Fast Facts are now available. Fast Fact (#294) introduces opioid-induced constipation (OIC) and discusses well-established treatments while Fast Fact (#295) builds on this topic by discussing emerging management approaches to OIC.