Special Issue "Palliative Care for Hematologic and Oncologic Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Laura Finn
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Division of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Department of Internal Medicine, Ochsner Medical Center, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121, USA
Interests: advance care planning; palliative medicine; patient centered decision making; survival; leukemia; hematology; cellular therapy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Palliative medicine has a wide-ranging role in the spectrum of comprehensive cancer care, from patient diagnosis, treatment, and even survivorship. While the entire multidisciplinary health care team plays a role in providing palliative care, an effective palliative medicine and hematology/oncology collaboration improves patient care and quality of life. Palliative medicine plays an essential role in symptom management, distress relief, family and caregiver support, and advance care planning. The integration of palliative medicine with hematology and oncology improves patient outcomes and decreases healthcare costs. The early involvement of palliative medicine after an advanced cancer diagnosis is supported by several national and international society guidelines. Despite clear evidence for the fundamental need for palliative medicine services in the practices of hematology and oncology, the integration of these medical specialties remains clinically challenging for many reasons. This Special Issue aims to address the specialty role and issues regarding the application of palliative medicine and challenges for the integration of palliative medicine in both the fields of hematology and oncology.

Dr. Laura Finn
Guest Editors

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Keywords

• Symptom Management
• Distress Relief
• Quality of Life
• Goals of Care
• Spiritual Care
• Advance Care Planning
• Pain Control
• Transfusions
• Caregivers
• Healthcare Cost

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Cultural Adaptation, Validation, and Analysis of the Self-Efficacy in Palliative Care Scale for Use with Spanish Nurses
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4840; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234840 - 02 Dec 2019
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The aim of the present study is to validate the Self-Efficacy in Palliative Care Scale (SEPC) in Spanish nursing professionals and students, to describe their levels of self-efficacy, and to determine the influencing factors. A validation study and a cross-sectional descriptive study were [...] Read more.
The aim of the present study is to validate the Self-Efficacy in Palliative Care Scale (SEPC) in Spanish nursing professionals and students, to describe their levels of self-efficacy, and to determine the influencing factors. A validation study and a cross-sectional descriptive study were carried out, with the data analysed using contrast tests and multiple linear regression; 552 nurses and 440 nursing students participated. The Spanish version consists of 23 items and has a high degree of reliability (α = 0.944). Confirmatory factor analysis revealed one additional factor (i.e., management of psychosocial and spiritual aspects) in comparison to the original scale. Contrast tests revealed that the mean SEPC score was higher in professionals than in students (p < 0.001) and that the professionals who had higher levels of self-efficacy were older (p < 0.001), had more previous training (p < 0.001), and had more experience in end-of-life care (p = 0.001). The linear analysis results confirm a significant association between age and previous training in end-of-life care. The Spanish version of the SEPC is a reliable tool for both nursing professionals and students. The level of self-efficacy of both groups is moderate and is influenced by age, experience, and training in end-of-life care. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Palliative Care for Hematologic and Oncologic Diseases)
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