Articles of Interest

SUGGESTED READING FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Abrahm JL, Advances in Palliative Medicine and End-of-Life Care Annu Rev Med. 2011;62:187-99            doi:10.1146/annurev-med-050509-163946.

SUMMARY: Palliative care improves the quality and cost-effectiveness of adult and pediatric patient care, and it decreases unwanted hospitalizations and aggressive care at the end of life. National palliative care quality standards and preferred practices can be […]

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Outpatient Geriatric Evaluation and Management

Boult C, Boult LB, Morishita L, Dowd B, Kane RL, Urdangarin CF, A Randomized Clinical Trial of Outpatient Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Journal of American Geriatrics Society 49 (2001): 351-359. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11347776

SUMMARY: To measure the effects of outpatient geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) on high-risk older persons’ functional ability and use […]

End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel: A Consensus-Based Approach to Providing Palliative Care to Patients Who Lack Decision-making Capacity

Karlawish, JH, Quill T, Meier DE, End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel: A Consensus-Based Approach to Providing Palliative Care to Patients Who Lack Decision-making Capacity. Ann Intern Med. 1999 May 18;130(10):835-40.            www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10366374

ABSTRACT: Making palliative care decisions for a patient who lacks decision-making capacity presents several challenges. Other people, such as family and […]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Treatment for Children

Behavior and Education Therapy
Behavior and education therapy can be an important part of treatment for children with FASDs. Although there are many different types of therapy for children with developmental disabilities, only a few have been scientifically tested specifically for children with FASDs.

Following are behavior and education therapies that have […]

Medicare aims to improve coordinating seniors’ chronic care

Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor’s prescription doesn’t interfere with another’s.

Starting this month, Medicare will pay primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors—those with multiple chronic illnesses—even if they don’t have […]