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Building a programme theory of a specialist paediatric palliative and hospice care programme: development process and methodological reflection

BMC Palliat Care. 2024 Jul 20;23(1):180. doi: 10.1186/s12904-024-01492-6.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Paediatric palliative and hospice care aims to improve the quality of life of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. The number of these patients has risen significantly in recent years, resulting in an increased need for palliative care for this population. Although the need for paediatric palliative and hospice care is growing, meaningful outcome evaluation to demonstrate its effectiveness as a complex healthcare intervention is in its early stages. For complex interventions (programmes), theory-based evaluations have grown in prominence in recent years. They seek to understand how and why…
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Inflammatory indexes predict mortality in non-malignant patients in palliative care

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2024 Jul 2;30(7):404-412. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2024.30.7.404.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: The literature on the use of inflammatory indexes for palliative care patients without malignancy is scarce.AIMS: To determine which inflammatory indexes are associated with the mortality risks of non-malignant patients hospitalised and receiving palliative care.METHODS: Discharged or deceased patients in a palliative care unit of a secondary care hospital were included. The laboratory values were obtained during the first 48 hours of hospitalisation.FINDINGS: As a result of univariate Cox regression analysis, 14-day mortality rate was affected by lymphocyte ratio, neutrophil-to-albumin ratio (NAR), C-reactive protein/albumin ratio (CAR), multi-inflammatory indexes (MII-1) and MII-2…
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Exploring the uses of digital health in palliative care in Southeast Asia

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2024 Jul 2;30(7):390-396. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2024.30.7.390.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: This integrative review explores the use of digital health technologies in palliative care within Southeast Asia. Despite extensive documentation of digital health in palliative care in Western nations, its application in Southeast Asia remains underdeveloped.METHOD: The review includes a total of four papers meeting the eligibility criteria.FINDINGS: The findings reveal limited studies of digital health adoption in palliative care. Key technologies include mobile health applications, electronic health records and telemedicine platforms. Challenges, such as health inequities, data security and the need for technology validation were identified. The review underscores the necessity…
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A qualitative study of Samoan cancer patients' experiences

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2024 Jul 2;30(7):380-388. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2024.30.7.380.ABSTRACTMETHODS: This qualitative interview study was part of a larger study that interviewed19 participants recruited among patients with cancer registered with Samoa Cancer Society, or patients recently discharged from the main tertiary hospital in Samoa. Interview transcripts were reviewed, and the research team identified the key palliative-care-related themes.RESULTS: Analysis led to the generation of the following key themes: living with pain; resource constraints; support from family and faith; and interactions with healthcare professionals. Most participants were experiencing unresolved pain as a result of poor health knowledge, lack of access to medications and…
Origen: A qualitative study of Samoan cancer patients' experiences – PubMed

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