Should palliative care play a role in the management and treatment of diabetes?

New research published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine indicates that palliative care could play an important role in the management of type 2 diabetes. The study, conducted by a team of researchers in California, analysed the symptom burden and survival times of over 13,000 diabetic adults aged 30-75. The results indicated […]

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New NICE guidelines aim to address patient concerns about the use of opioids in advanced disease.

The UK’s Institute for Clinical Excellence has released new guidelines which aim to standardize the use of opioids in advanced disease pain management. It is estimated that each year in the UK some 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer and 900,000 have heart failure. As well as this, thousands live with long-term chronic conditions such […]

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The Working of an Integrated Community Palliative Care Team

Guest writers Anna MacPherson and Louise Forman of St Catherine’s Hospice, Preston, discuss the experience of working within a community palliative care team in light of recent changes to the structure of community palliative care.   Community based palliative care services are growing in importance. As surveys repeatedly tell us most people want to die […]

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Dialysis patients receive aggressive treatment during last month of life

A research letter published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has reported that patients with end stage renal disease tend to receive very aggressive treatment during their last month of life. The researchers from the University of Washington analysed data on almost 100,000 Medicare patients who were treated with dialysis, and found that during […]

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“One can die, but cannot fall ill”– A Survey on how costs may affect choice of therapy in Singapore

An article by Song Chiek Quah of the National Cancer Centre in Singapore   Introduction Continued advances in medical care in the recent years have given some hope to patients afflicted with diseases that, in the past, have poor prognoses. However it would seem that hope comes at a price, at least within the Singaporean context. This […]

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Study finds US hospitals consistently under-perform when it comes to end-of-life cancer care

A study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth University has found that many late-stage cancer patients in the US are receiving unsatisfactory care, with healthcare facilities not fulfilling quality care guidelines. The team concluded that whilst cancer care has improved over recent years, over a quarter of outpatient oncology practices studied did not adhere to end-of-life quality […]

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