The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has completed an evidence review on Integrating Palliative Care in Ambulatory Care of Noncancer Serious Chronic Illness. The final report is available at the Effective Healthcare Web site. Key findings include: A variety of resources exist, particularly for patient and caregiver education and clinician education and training, but few have been evaluated for effectiveness or implementation. Shared decision-making tools may increase patient satisfaction and advance directive documentation
Congratulations to PCRC pilot awardee and study PI, Angela Ghesquiere! Abstract Massage therapy (MT) may be more effective for certain subgroups of advanced cancer patients, but this is not well-studied. Psychological symptoms are one potential moderator of MT outcomes, as they occur frequently in MT patients. Therefore, we conducted a secondary analysis of data from a multi-site study which compared MT to simple touch in 380 adults with advanced cancer. We examined whether the presence of depression or baseline psychological symptom frequency moderated outcomes of change in pain, interference
PCRC Leaders Jean Kutner and Christine Ritchie are two of the thirty recently named Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine established this honor to recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the field of hospice and palliative medicine. Several other PCRC members were also honored. Click here to view the full list of visionaries.
The PCRC was highlighted recently by Research!America. The article highlights the PCRC's high-impact research, namely the Statin Discontinuation Trial. Read more here: http://www.researchamerica.org/blog/palliative-care-research-improves-quality-life
For the millions of Americans who work in or with the healthcare sector – including clinicians, clergy, social workers, caregivers, and support staff – providing high-quality care for people who are nearing the end of life is a matter of professional commitment and responsibility. ReachMD has partnered with the National Academy of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to broadcast a new series across the ReachMD network based on the report ‘Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life’. The report is
Vanderbilt Medical Center Invites you to Participate in a research project Do you have a child between the ages of 7-17 who has cancer? Participate to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card in a Vanderbilt University Study. Your child will create a digital story that reflects who they are, including music, photographs, and video. Visit the MyStor.ee website to learn more, or contact Dr. Terrah Akard at 615-343-6025 or Terrah.L.Foster@vanderbilt.edu. Flyer: Children-with-cancer-study_PCRC
CHICAGO – People in the late stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses are not only unharmed by discontinuing statins for cholesterol management, they may benefit, according to a study presented Friday by researchers at Duke Medicine representing a national research network. PRESS RELEASE