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Brief Communication: Management of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in Hospice: A Nationwide Survey
BACKGROUND: Communication about the deactivation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in patients near the end of life is rare. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether hospices are admitting patients with ICDs, whether ...
Ethical Capital: 'What's a Poor Man Got to Leave? '
For those of little or no means, leaving one's mark through financial assets, social connections, and human investment is difficult. Using secondary analysis of transcripts from face-to-face interviews with 33 terminally-ill ...
A History of Resolving Conflicts Over End-of-Life Care in Intensive Care Units in the United States
OBJECTIVES: To present a case of conflict over end-of-life care in the intensive care unit (ICU) and to describe how such conflicts have been resolved in the United States since the inception of ICUs. DATA SOURCES: A ...
End-of-Life Decisions: An Important Theme in the Care for People With Intellectual Disabilities
While end-of-life decisions in the general population have received attention in several countries, not much is known about this in people with intellectual disabilities (IDs). Therefore, the prevalence and nature of ...
Placement, Relocation and End of Life Issues in Aging Adults With and Without Down's Syndrome: A Retrospective Study
Aging adults with Down's syndrome (DS) experience more relocations and other life events than adults with intellectual disabilities aged 50 and older without DS. Age-related functional decline and the higher incidence of ...
Evaluating End of Life Practices in Ten Brazilian Paediatric and Adult Intensive Care Units
To evaluate the modes of death and treatment offered in the last 24 h of life to patients dying in 10 Brazilian intensive care units (ICUs) over a period of 2 years.
Racial Disparities in the Outcomes of Communication on Medical Care Received Near Death
Black patients tend to receive more life-prolonging care at the end of life (EOL) than white patients. This study aimed to evaluate whether differences in patient-physician communication contribute to disparities in EOL ...
The "PSOST": Providers' Signout for Scope of Treatment
Palliative care provides open and honest communication, medically appropriate goal setting, and meticulous attention to symptom assessment and control. The Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a growing ...
Disability Perspectives on Health Care Planning and Decision-Making
BACKGROUND: Despite the needs for people with disabilities to plan for times of serious illness in order to receive good end-of-life care and to have their wishes respected, this community has often been overlooked in the ...