Sicker end-of-life patients need more care, study finds
May 23, 2022
A new study has found that having multiple serious illnesses increased the risk of hospital and healthcare utilization for patients approaching the end of life.
Dementia soars among U.S. adults at end of life, study finds
Apr 04, 2022
About half of older U.S. adults receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia shortly before their death — a number that has spiked by more than 34% in two decades, according to a...
Caregivers can help elders retain their dignity during intimate hygiene care, study finds
Jul 07, 2021
Clinicians can offer “moments of micro-competence,” giving palliative care patients a voice in how they receive care as their abilities decline, investigators say.
Most residents’ life-sustaining treatment forms no longer match wishes, study shows
Apr 06, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the importance of advanced care planning and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) after a new study found that less than half of the orders match the...
End-of-life experience in nursing homes differs with race, ethnicity
Jan 21, 2021
Language services and cultural competency training could help nursing home staff correct imbalances in residents’ end-of-life experience, say investigators from the Columbia University School of...
Clinical Briefs for Monday, May 18
May 17, 2020
COVID-19 social distancing is complicating a ‘silent epidemic’ of hearing loss in senior living … New End of Life Care in Frailty guidelines released … Late-life depression is tied to chronic disease,...
Clinical Briefs for Wednesday, November 13
Nov 12, 2019
Flu shot may protect heart bypass patients during recovery … New device can “spray paint” drug-imbued fiber bandages on wounds … Less affluent patients more likely to be discharged to SNF after...
Risks may outweigh benefits of insulin in elderly, ill patients
Sep 24, 2019
When managing medications for frail elders, clinicians should take a hard look at insulin, say the researchers behind a new study.
Missed opportunity: Patients fare poorly in long-term acute care hospitals
Aug 27, 2019
Most patients who recover in long-term acute care hospitals die within five years. Some may be missing a chance for more appropriate end-of-life care.
It’s not morbid to talk about death … a lot
Dec 07, 2018
It’s not morbid to talk about death, even on the dance floor at your high school reunion.