End of Life Care

Oct 01, 2021 Issue
Racial Disparities at the End of Life [Editorials]

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn greater attention to the continuing discrimination that racial minorities face within the medical system. Often these disparities are considered in the context of patients who are not actively dying. However, care delivered at the end of life is also susceptible to ra...

Feb 15, 2021 Issue
Frailty: Evaluation and Management [Article]

Frailty is a state of increased vulnerability across multiple health domains. It affects 5% to 17% of older adults. Frail older adults are at increased risk of falls, disability, hospitalizations, and death. A comprehensive geriatric assessment can be used to identify risk factors and symptoms that suggest frailty. There are no current recommendations for routine screening. Frailty assessment tools should be used in making the diagnosis of frailty.

Apr 1, 2019 Issue
Palliative Care in Advanced Dementia [Curbside Consultation]

What is the best way for family physicians to determine prognosis and applicability of palliative care for patients with dementia?

Apr 1, 2019 Issue
Will a Feeding Tube Help? Deciding for a Father at the End of Life [Close-ups]

Making caring, difficult choices on behalf of loved ones at the end of life.

Mar 1, 2019 Issue
To Prepare Patients Better: Reimagining Advance Care Planning [Editorials]

Forty-five million Americans live with one or more serious illnesses, many of which are life-limiting and marked by functional decline. Family physicians play a pivotal role in the care of these patients through their deep, longitudinal relationships.

Mar 1, 2019 Issue
Preparing for Serious Illness: A Model for Better Conversations over the Continuum of Care [Editorials]

How can we ensure that our seriously ill patients routinely get the right care without relying on individual sacrifice and luck?

Dec 1, 2018 Issue
Advance Care Planning Increases Execution of Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision-Maker Assignment [POEMs]

In this study, an intensive advance care planning intervention dramatically increased the completion of advance directives and the identification of surrogate decision makers.

Mar 1, 2018 Issue
Medical Aid in Dying [Curbside Consultation]

Requests for hastened death are not unusual from patients with life-limiting illness, and many primary care physicians encounter these requests over the course of their career. Medical aid in dying is the practice of a physician providing a competent, terminally ill patient—at the patient's request—...

Mar 1, 2018 Issue
Life Expectancy with Hospice Care [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Patients with terminal lung, pancreatic, or metastatic melanoma receiving hospice care have a minimally increased life expectancy. Receiving at least one day of hospice care may increase life expectancy by up to three months.

Feb 15, 2018 Issue
Lorazepam Added to Haloperidol Effective for Agitated Delirium in End-of-Life Cancer Patients [POEMs]

Using a single dose of lorazepam in combination with haloperidol decreases agitation in end-of-life patients with cancer who had persistent agitated delirium despite scheduled haloperidol. A recent POEM reported that haloperidol increases symptoms of distress in patients with cancer and acute delirium who are receiving palliative care.

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