Beyond Pain Relief: Non-Pharmacological Care Activities in Palliative Care

Professionals who care for people at the end of life do much more than prescribe drugs, a new study has shown. The qualitative analysis published last month in the journal PLoS Medicine revealed that the day-to-day activities of palliative caregivers throughout Europe are highly multifaceted and complex. The study used qualitative research methods to identify […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Click on the article headings to view abstracts Undetected Cognitive Impairment and Decision-Making Capacity in Patients Receiving Hospice Care. Burton CZ, Twamley EW, Lee LC, Palmer BW, Jeste DV, Dunn LB, Irwin SA. This study examined the prevalence of cognitive impairment and its impact on decision-making abilities in […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Click on the article headings to view abstracts The “no dialysis” option. Murtagh FE, Cohen LM, Germain MJ. As people are living longer, the number of patients with end-stage renal failure will increase and increasing numbers of patients who have a 6-month survival are starting dialysis. Furthermore, the […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Click on the article headings to view abstracts Antagonistic effects of ondansetron and tramadol? A randomised placebo and active drug controlled study. Rauers NI, Stüber F, Lee EH, Musshoff F, Fimmers R, Barann M, Stamer UM. This postoperative randomised, double-blinded study assessed if ondansetron and tramadol had opposing […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Click on the article headings to view abstracts Harmful effects of NSAIDs among patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease. Bavry AA, Khaliq A, Gong Y, Handberg EM, Cooper-Dehoff RM, Pepine CJ. This was a post hoc analysis from the INternational VErapamil Trandolapril STudy (INVEST), in patients with […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Click on the article headings to view abstracts Gender differences in prevalence of depression among patients receiving palliative care: the role of dependency Hayes RD, Lee W, Rayner L, et al. Palliat Med 2011. [Epub ahead of print] In the community, depression is more common in women than […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Click on the article headings to view the abstracts A systematic review of combination step III opioid therapy in cancer pain: An EPCRC opioid guideline project Fallon MT, Laird BJ. Palliat Med 2011; 25 (5): 597-603 As the use of combinations of opioids is a common clinical practice […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Click on the article headings to view the abstracts A comprehensive review of opioid-induced hyperalgesia Lee M, Silverman SM, Hansen H, Patel VB, Manchikanti L. Pain Physician 2011; 14:145-161 In this review of opioid-induced hyperalgesia, it is suggested that this phenomenon may result from neuroplastic changes in the […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Once-daily opioids for chronic dyspnea: a dose increment and pharmacovigilance study Currow DC, McDonald C, Oaten S, Kenny B, Allcroft P, Frith P, Briffa M, Johnson MJ, Abernethy AP. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2010;11.021 In a Phase II dose increment study and a long-term Phase IV […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Celiac plexus block for pancreatic cancer pain in adults Arcidiacono PG, Calori G, Carrara S, McNicol ED, Testoni PA.Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011;3. CD007519. In this Cochrane review, the authors conclude that although statistical evidence is minimal for the superiority of Celiac plexus block pain relief over analgesic therapy, […]

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