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In-hospital palliative care provided cost savings to hospitals, patients

August 4, 2014

The implementation of a hospital-based palliative care program confers financial benefits to institutions and patients, particularly in cases of in-hospital mortality, according to recent findings.

“Palliative care programs are increasingly prevalent in US hospitals, but the financial incentives for hospitals to deploy them are not well understood,” Ian M.McCarthy, PhD, assistant professor of economics at Emory University, said in a press release. “Palliative care programs have proven highly effective at addressing a wide range of needs felt by patients and their families.”

Poll shows 25 million older adults received unwanted medical care

July 31, 2014
About 25 million older Americans have been subjected to unwanted or excessive medical treatments, according to new survey data. The research was sponsored by Compassion…
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Blacks more likely to receive morphine for cancer pain despite risks

July 29, 2014
Black patients with cancer were more likely to receive morphine for pain, whereas non-Hispanic white patients were more likely to receive oxycodone, according to study…
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Gabapentin no better than standard therapy for prevention of delayed CINV

July 18, 2014
The anticonvulsant and analgesic agent gabapentin did not significantly improve delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting compared with standard therapy…
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New Advances, New Options: Evaluating the Changing Landscape of Hemophilia to Optimize Patient Outcomes

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Biogen Idec.

8/16/2014
The bleeding abnormalities associated with hemophilia can have devastating consequences for patients. Recent advances…
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Targeted Therapy and Immunotherapy in the Management of Metastatic Melanoma: 2014 Updates

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

8/16/2014
Melanoma remains a challenging condition for clinicians. An array of targeted therapies and immunotherapy are in…
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In-hospital palliative care provided cost savings to hospitals, patients

August 4, 2014
The implementation of a hospital-based palliative care program confers financial benefits to institutions and patients, particularly in cases of…

Poll shows 25 million older adults received unwanted medical care

July 31, 2014
About 25 million older Americans have been subjected to unwanted or excessive medical treatments, according to new survey data. The research was…
In the Journals

Blacks more likely to receive morphine for cancer pain despite risks

July 29, 2014
Black patients with cancer were more likely to receive morphine for pain, whereas non-Hispanic white patients were more likely to receive oxycodone…
In the Journals

Gabapentin no better than standard therapy for prevention of delayed CINV

July 18, 2014
The anticonvulsant and analgesic agent gabapentin did not significantly improve delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting compared with…
In the Journals

Children in dysfunctional families less able to cope with parents’ cancer diagnosis

July 10, 2014
Among children of cancer patients, general family dysfunction prior to diagnosis appears to be highly predictive of emotional distress and…

BMJ editors: England, Wales should pass assisted dying bill

July 3, 2014
In an editorial published in the British Medical Journal, the publication’s editors suggest an assisted dying bill, introduced to the House of…

Hospice/palliative care association outlines 5 things physicians should question

June 30, 2014
When it comes to the avoidance of unnecessary tests, procedures or treatments, there is arguably no setting in which it is more important to choose…

Top 8 lessons learned at ASCO 2014

June 25, 2014
The theme of this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting, “Science and Society,” emphasized patient-centered focus — looking at the full…
Commentary

Spirituality plays key role in patients’ cancer care

HemOnc Today, June 10, 2014
Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH
When I was doing my medical training, I couldn’t help but notice a tension in everyday caregiving to sick patients.
Meeting News Coverage Perspective

Early palliative care intervention improved caregivers’ quality of life

May 30, 2014
CHICAGO — Early implementation of a phone-based palliative care support program improved quality of life for caregivers of patients with…
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