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Delivering Bad or Life-Altering News - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2018 - Delivering serious, bad, or life-altering news to a patient is one of the most difficult tasks physicians encounter. Broadly defined as information that may alter a patient’s view of his or her future, bad news may include information related to a chronic disease (e.g., diabetes ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0715/p99.html

Pharmacologic Management of Pain at the End of Life - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2014 - Although many patients experience debilitating pain at the end of life, there are many options to improve analgesia and quality of life. Pain assessment using a validated tool, with attention to patient function and specific goals, helps tailor individual treatment plans. The World ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0701/p26.html

End-Stage Renal Disease: Symptom Management and Advance Care Planning - American Family...

Apr 1, 2012 - The prevalence of end-stage renal disease continues to increase, and dialysis is offered to older and more medically complex patients. Pain is problematic in up to one-half of patients receiving dialysis and may result from renal and nonrenal etiologies. Opioids can be prescribed ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/p705.html

Pharmacologic Pearls for End-of-Life Care - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2009 - As death approaches, a gradual shift in emphasis from curative and life prolonging therapies toward palliative therapies can relieve significant medical burdens and maintain a patient's dignity and comfort. Pain and dyspnea are treated based on severity, with stepped interventions, ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0615/p1059.html

Managing Grief and Depression at the End of Life - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2012 - Psychological distress is common in terminally ill persons and can be a source of great suffering. Grief is an adaptive, universal, and highly personalized response to the multiple losses that occur at the end of life. This response may be intense early on after a loss manifesting ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0801/p259.html

Implementing Advance Directives in Office Practice - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Patients prepare advance directives in an effort to maintain autonomy during periods of incapacity or at the end of life. Advance directive documents are specific to the state in which the patient lives, but an effective strategy in the family physician’s office involves more than ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p461.html

The Role of the Family Physician in the Referral and Management of Hospice Patients - ...

Mar 15, 2008 - Hospice is available for any patient who is terminally ill and chooses a palliative care approach. Because of the close relationship that primary care physicians often have with their patients, they are in a unique position to provide end-of-life care, which includes recognizing the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0315/p807.html

End-of-Life Care: Guidelines for Patient-Centered Communication - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2008 - When patients are diagnosed with cancer, primary care physicians often must deliver the bad news, discuss the prognosis, and make appropriate referrals. When delivering bad news, it is important to prioritize the key points that the patient should retain. Physicians should assess the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2008/0115/p167.html

Making Decisions with Families at the End of Life - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2004 - Because advance directives are not yet the norm, end-of-life decisions for patients without medical decision-making capacity are made regularly within discussions between the patient's physician and family. Communication and decision making in these situations require a complex ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0815/p719.html

Respecting End-of-Life Treatment Preferences - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2005 - Most patients eventually must face the process of planning for their future medical care. However, few Americans have a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care. Although advance directives provide a legal basis for physicians to carry out treatment using a health care...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1001/p1263.html

Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2000 - Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining therapies is ethical and medically appropriate in some circumstances. This article summarizes the American Medical Association's Education for Physicians on End-of-life Care (EPEC) curriculum module on withholding or withdrawing therapy. Before...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1001/p1555.html

Identifying and Managing Preparatory Grief and Depression at the End of Life - American...

Mar 1, 2002 - Grief and depression present similarly in patients who are dying. Conventional symptoms (e.g., frequent crying, weight loss, thoughts of death) used to assess for depression in these patients may be imprecise because these symptoms are also present in preparatory grief and as a part of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0301/p883.html

Hospice Care in the Nursing Home - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 1998 - Hospice care is being used more frequently to provide skills and services that are not otherwise available in nursing homes. For eligible terminally ill patients, the Medicare Hospice Benefit supplies an interdisciplinary team with skills in pain management, symptom control and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/0201/p491.html

Incorporating Advance Care Planning into Family Practice - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 1999 - Despite widespread support for the concept of advance care planning, few Americans have a living will or a health care proxy. Advance care planning offers the patient the opportunity to have an ongoing dialog with his or her relatives and family physician regarding choices for care at ...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0201/p605.html

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