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End-of-Life Care: Managing Common Symptoms - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2017 - Physicians should be proficient at managing symptoms as patients progress through the dying process. When possible, proactive regimens that prevent symptoms should be used, because it is generally easier to prevent than to treat an acute symptom. As swallowing function diminishes, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p356.html

End-of-Life Care - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2019 - This collection features AFP content on end-of-life care and related issues, including advance directives, hospice care, legal and ethical issues, nursing home care, palliative care, and terminal illness. This collection features AFP content on end-of-life care and related issues, ...

American Family Physician : AFP By Topic

https://www.aafp.org/afp/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=57

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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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, ...

American Family Physician : Article

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

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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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

Discussing Life Expectancy with Older Patients: Prediction and Patient Preferences - ...

Sep 1, 2019 - Evidence shows that physicians need more training in discussing life expectancy, and there are resources available to support this process for certain conditions.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0901/p265.html

Palliative Care in Advanced Dementia - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2019 - What is the best way for family physicians to determine prognosis and applicability of palliative care for patients with dementia?

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p456.html

Preparing for Serious Illness: A Model for Better Conversations over the Continuum of ...

Mar 1, 2019 - How can we ensure that our seriously ill patients routinely get the right care without relying on individual sacrifice and luck?

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p281.html

To Prepare Patients Better: Reimagining Advance Care Planning - Editorials - American ...

Mar 1, 2019 - 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.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0301/p278.html

Advance Care Planning Increases Execution of Advance Directives and Surrogate ...

Dec 1, 2018 - In this study, an intensive advance care planning intervention dramatically increased the completion of advance directives and the identification of surrogate decision makers.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/1201/p682a.html

Life Expectancy with Hospice Care - FPIN's Help Desk Answers - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2018 - 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.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/od2.html

Lorazepam Added to Haloperidol Effective for Agitated Delirium in End-of-Life Cancer ...

Feb 15, 2018 - 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...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0215/od4.html

Medical Aid in Dying - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2018 - 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 ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0301/p339.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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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

Antipsychotics Worsen Symptoms in Patients with Delirium Who Receive Palliative Care - ...

Mar 15, 2017 - For hospitalized patients with acute delirium and symptoms of distress who are receiving palliative care, the use of risperidone (Risperdal) or haloperidol at conservative oral doses worsens symptoms and may shorten overall survival.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/od3.html

Palliative Care Through Illness Trajectory - Curbside Consultation - American Family ...

Mar 15, 2017 - Persons with multimorbidity often have unmet multidimensional needs related to their health. For example, Y.S. may also be experiencing poorly controlled symptoms, financial distress, and increasing anxiety. His family is likely distressed by his decline in health and unsure about what ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p386.html

Palliative Care: Benefits, Barriers, and Best Practices - Editorials - American Family ...

Dec 15, 2013 - Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients with a life-threatening illness and for their families. Despite documented benefits, palliative care is underutilized in the management of advanced or terminal illnesses.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1215/p807.html

Breaking Bad News - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2001 - Breaking bad news is one of a physician's most difficult duties, yet medical education typically offers little formal preparation for this daunting task. Without proper training, the discomfort and uncertainty associated with breaking bad news may lead physicians to emotionally ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/1215/p1975.html

Cultural Diversity at the End of Life: Issues and Guidelines for Family Physicians - ...

Feb 1, 2005 - Ethnic minorities currently compose approximately one third of the population of the United States. The U.S. model of health care, which values autonomy in medical decision making, is not easily applied to members of some racial or ethnic groups. Cultural factors strongly influence ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0201/p515.html

Advance Directives: Navigating Conflicts Between Expressed Wishes and Best Interests - ...

Apr 1, 2015 - Clinicians and surrogates can be faced with challenging decisions when a patient loses the capacity to participate in medical decision making. A significant number of hospitalized and critically ill adults lose decision-making capacity during hospital stays and cannot make treatment ...

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0401/p480.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 ...

American Family Physician : Article

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

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