End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Palliative care

Nursing assessment of anxiety and mood disturbance in a palliative patient

Sarah Combes

Anxiety can be described as a feeling of worry or apprehension about uncertain future events; it is a normal sensation that everyone experiences at times (Stevenson 2010). Feeling anxious can be beneficial as it stimulates the fight or flight response, and helps us adapt to minor stressors such as sitting... Read full article

Dementia special interest group: shared learning across dementia, palliative and end-of-life care domains

Karen Harrison Dening, Marie Cooper

There is a growing impetus to improve care for people with dementia at the end of life and facilitate better access to palliative care. Some settings and services are concerned that they are ill equipped to care for this group of people, in respect to environment and knowledge and skills.... Read full article

Undergraduate nursing students’ construction of a good and bad death

Oluwatomilayo (Tomi) Adesina, Anita De Bellis, Lana Zannettino

Background Nurses have a key role to play in ensuring that high-quality care is given to patients throughout their disease trajectory, including at the end of life. An increase in the ageing population in Western countries means that nurses are responsible for providing end-of-life care in a range of clinical... Read full article

Service evaluation of community-based palliative care and a hospice-at-home service

Janet Wilson, Julie Steers, Kath Steele, James Turner, Allison Tinker

Background Hospices and other palliative and end-of-life care providers are required to develop services that aim to improve the quality of end-of-life care and choices for those living with or dying from a life-threatening illness. In 2010, an NHS clinical commissioning group in South Yorkshire, UK, produced a strategic plan... Read full article

Legal Aspects of End-of-Life Care in Severe Anorexia Nervosa

Dr Martin Curtice, Dr Rhiannon Kihara

Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Its management can be complicated as people with the condition can resist efforts to enable them to eat and drink. Ethical, medico-legal and psychological issues need careful exploration when considering compulsory treatment. This article summarises the judgment from the... Read full article

End-of-life care for the British Asian Hindu Community: Preferences and Solutions

Sarah Frearson, Jane Henderson, Bharti Raval, Charles Daniels, Geraldine Burke, Jonathan Koffman

Background: In the UK, most people prefer to die at home but many still die in hospital. People from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are even more likely to die in hospital. Little is known about their preferences for location of care at the end of life. Aim: To... Read full article

Assessment of a Breathless Patient in End-Stage Heart Failure in A&E

Marie Ranson

Breathlessness is a common reason for the hospitalisation of people with chronic heart failure (CHF). It is a distressing symptom for both patients and their informal carers. Breathlessness in CHF derives from physical, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental factors. Optimal management of breathlessness in CHF requires both pharmacological and non-pharmacological... Read full article

A Palliative Holistic Approach to MND Using Music Therapy

Dr Helen Mackinnon, Elizabeth (Liz) Upham

This article details the role of music therapy (MT) in the palliative care of a 66-year-old woman (Liz) living with severe disabilities caused by motor neurone disease. It forms part of a small but growing body of case-related evidence designed to support the use of MT in palliative care. It... Read full article

Emotional Distress in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure

Christina Ramsenthaler

Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a leading cause of death, with a rising prevalence. The disease has a high symptom burden and a negative impact on patients’ quality of life. However, as a result of difficulties in prognostication in relation to CHF, palliative care services do not always become involved... Read full article

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