Outpatient cancer symptom management could reduce ED visits | Spirituality seen as important to patient care | Hospitals don't always agree on pressure sores, study says
August 11, 2017
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Outpatient cancer symptom management could reduce ED visits
A study of 2,400 hospital emergency department visits by cancer patients found 53% were for symptoms that can be managed in outpatient settings. Laura Panattoni of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center said outpatient management of symptoms such as nausea, pain, dehydration and diarrhea, potentially can improve patient experiences and reduce the cost of care.
Healio (free registration)/HemOnc Today (8/9) 
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Spirituality seen as important to patient care
Dr. Tracy Balboni at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston says research shows patient spirituality, which can be defined in many ways, is important for seriously ill patients and can affect quality of life. Spirituality can be anything that gives meaning to a patient's life, including faith, family, nature or art, and health care organizations are incorporating the concept into patient care.
U.S. News & World Report (8/8) 
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Hospitals don't always agree on pressure sores, study says
A study in BMJ Quality and Safety found hospitals did not always agree on the definition of a pressure sore or the progression of one. Hospitals had the highest level of agreement when patients were transferred between acute care facilities and the lowest when patients transferred from a skilled nursing facility to an acute inpatient hospital.
MedPage Today (free registration) (8/4) 
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Minn. hospices expand support efforts to community
Some Minnesota hospices go beyond Medicare requirements that facilities offer grief support to families after a patient dies, providing community-wide support and education. Seasons Hospice has a Center for Grief Education and Support, which offers a number of bereavement groups, such as adult grief or pet loss, and found half of attendees had a family member cared for by the hospice and half were from the wider community.
The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (8/9) 
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Patient & Family Perspective
Marines honor veterans in hospice for their service
Marines from Camp Pendleton in California visit with veterans in area hospices and honor their service to the country. Hospices have pinning ceremonies to recognize aging veterans and the ceremony includes a "Final Salute" where active duty service members salute the veterans.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (8/8) 
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Medical Research
Study: IV palonosetron can prevent, manage chemo-related symptoms
Intravenous palonosetron was effective in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting or managing delayed symptoms in most of the 40 non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients included in a study. The research published in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer found more than 85% of patients overall achieved a complete response.
Oncology Nurse Advisor online (8/4) 
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Loneliness, social isolation tied to risk of premature death
Loneliness, social isolation tied to risk of premature death
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Two meta-analyses presented at an American Psychological Association meeting found that loneliness and social isolation were associated with greater risk of premature death. The first meta-analysis showed that adults who were more socially connected to others had a 50% lower risk of premature death than those who were socially isolated, while the second found that risk of premature death associated with loneliness, social isolation and living alone were equal to or greater than the risk tied to major health conditions, including obesity.
Medical News Today (8/6) 
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Health Policy & Practice
Hospitals might not give patients quality info on nursing homes
A study in the journal Health Affairs found few Medicare patients who required transfers to a nursing home were given information by their hospital about the quality of care at available facilities. Researchers noted hospitals said they did not provide the information owing to patients' choice concerns and legal restrictions.
Reuters (8/7) 
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Trends & Technology
Researchers test dementia-related technology in nursing homes
University of Toronto researchers are testing wall-mounted activities to calm long-term care residents with dementia in Canadian nursing homes. The units are installed on a wall, allowing residents to activate what appears to be an old-style radio or television and receive personalized content, such as family photos, favorite music or games.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News online (8/9) 
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