In the Journals

More than 70% of patients do not have advance directives prior to surgery

August 14, 2019
Approximately 71% of patients seen in perioperative testing clinics prior to surgery do not have any advanced care directives in place, according to…

In the Journals

Earlier planning needed to improve end of life outcomes

June 20, 2019
Among patients with cancer referred to hospice, advanced care planning documented in electronic health records was tied to significantly fewer…

Guidelines

Palliative care guidelines emphasize interdisciplinary care, coordination

October 31, 2018
The latest National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care underscore the importance of interdisciplinary care…

Feature

Palliative care could reduce suicide risk among veterans with advanced lung cancer

October 23, 2018
Palliative care appeared to reduce the risk for suicide among a cohort of more than 20,000 U.S. veterans with advanced-stage lung cancer, according…

In the Journals

Patients with cancer may be at risk for opioid misuse

September 26, 2018
Individuals treated with opioids for cancer pain may be at risk for aberrant drug behaviors, including misuse and addiction, study results…

Meeting News

Opioid deaths significantly less common among individuals with cancer

September 24, 2018
Individuals with cancer appeared 10 times less likely than the general population to die as a result of opioid use, according to retrospective study…

Feature

Men less likely than women to accept palliative care

September 19, 2018
Men with cancer appeared three times less likely than women with cancer to consider palliative care, according to study results. Fahad

In the Journals

Caregivers of terminally ill patients likely to have mental health problems

August 31, 2018
Caregivers of patients with terminal cancer were up to seven times more likely to experience mental distress than the general population, according…

In the Journals Plus

Assessment, management tool alleviates cancer-related pain

April 30, 2018
A pain-assessment tool with built-in treatment guidance reduced cancer-related pain outcomes, according to study data. The test also improved…

In the Journals

Hospice referral occurs late in end-stage renal disease

April 30, 2018
In most patients with end-stage renal disease who were treated with hemodialysis, hospice care was received for 3 days or fewer which may translate…

Meeting NewsVideo

VIDEO: PCP, patient partnerships lead to successful outcomes in palliative care

April 26, 2018
NEW ORLEANS — A physician-patient partnership in which the patient defines the goal of care sets the stage for a strong relationship and…

In the Journals

AAP: Special considerations to be made for pediatric DNRs

April 23, 2018
A clinical report issued by the AAP Sections on Surgery, Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the AAP Committee on Bioethics have highlighted the

Aid-in-dying laws seek to reconcile patient autonomy with ethical concerns

April 13, 2018
As Hawaii becomes the sixth state to legalize terminally ill patients to decide to end their own lives with medical assistance, ethical debates over…

Meeting News

Antipsychotics, benzodiazepines should not be used to treat delirium

April 12, 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. – Despite their frequent off-label use in hospitals, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines do not treat delirium in older patients…

Meeting News

Resilience intervention improves quality of life, lowers depression in young patients with cancer

October 25, 2017
Adolescents and young adults with cancer who participated in a one-on-one targeted intervention reported improvements in resilience, cancer-related…

Meeting News

Early palliative care does not show quality-of-life benefit for newly diagnosed mesothelioma

October 16, 2017
Early palliative care did not significantly improve quality-of-life measures among patients newly diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma…

In the Journals

Race does not impact quality of palliative care

October 11, 2017
Researchers did not observe significant racial differences in various aspects of end-of-life care in the United States; however, they reported that…

In the Journals

ACP remains opposed to legalizing physician-assisted suicide

September 18, 2017
The American College of Physicians has reaffirmed its opposition to legalizing physician-assisted suicide and its commitment to improving hospice and…

Meeting News

Palliative care, hospice resources underutilized for advanced non-small cell lung cancer

September 16, 2017
Palliative care and hospice services appeared underused among patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, according to study results presented…

In the Journals

AAP issues new guidance on end-of-life decision-making for children

August 28, 2017
The AAP has issued new recommendations based on ethical considerations and available scientific evidence to help clinicians and other interested…