Clinical Management of Palliative Medicine

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Oncology".

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Dear Colleagues,

Palliative Care plays a critical role in improving the quality of life for patients with serious illness and their families. Recent advances in this field have been transformative, offering new insights and approaches to improve patient outcomes and experiences. This Special Issue aims to highlight the latest advances, research, and innovations in Palliative Medicine, providing a platform for experts to share their knowledge and contribute to the advancement of this vital area of healthcare. This Special Issue is intended for oncologists, clinical researchers, healthcare professionals and anyone involved in or interested in Palliative Medicine. It will provide valuable insights and information for clinicians seeking to improve their practice and researchers exploring new avenues of investigation shaping the future of healthcare. We invite submissions of original research articles, review articles, case studies, perspectives, and commentaries relevant to the theme of this Special Issue. Submissions should adhere to the journal's guidelines and will undergo rigorous peer review to ensure quality and relevance.

This Special Issue will cover a wide range of topics related to Palliative Medicine, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Advanced symptom management.
  2. Clinical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of care.
  3. Palliative Medicine in special populations (e.g., pediatrics, general medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics, oncology)
  4. Innovations in pain management.
  5. End-of-life decision making and advance care planning.
  6. Integrative Palliative Care approaches.
  7. Palliative Care in non-cancer conditions.
  8. Quality improvement and patient-centered care initiatives.

Prof. Dr. Eva Katharina Masel
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Keywords

  • advance care planning
  • death
  • ethics
  • hospice care
  • pain management
  • palliative care
  • psychosocial functioning

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Examining Variability in Intra-Hospital Patient Referrals to Specialized Palliative Care: A Comprehensive Analysis of Disciplines and Mortality
by Claudia Fischer, Katharina Dirschmid and Eva Katharina Masel
J. Clin. Med. 2024, 13(9), 2653; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm13092653 - 30 Apr 2024
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Background: In Austria, specialized palliative care (SPC) access is limited, with unclear referral criteria, making it challenging to identify hospitalized patients requiring SPC and determine referral timing and mortality at the palliative care unit (PCU). Methods: This retrospective cohort study analyzed patients who [...] Read more.
Background: In Austria, specialized palliative care (SPC) access is limited, with unclear referral criteria, making it challenging to identify hospitalized patients requiring SPC and determine referral timing and mortality at the palliative care unit (PCU). Methods: This retrospective cohort study analyzed patients who underwent a palliative care (PC) needs assessment between March 2016 and November 2021 and were subsequently admitted to the PCU of Austria’s largest academic hospital. Demographic, clinical, and standardized referral form data were used for analysis, employing descriptive statistics and logistic regression. Results: Out of the 903 assessed patients, 19% were admitted to the PCU, primarily cancer patients (94.7%), with lung (19%) and breast cancer (13%) being most prevalent. Common referral reasons included pain (61%) and nutritional problems (46%). Despite no significant differences in referral times, most patients (78.4%) died in the PCU, with varying outcomes based on cancer type. Referral reasons like pain (OR = 2.3), nutritional problems (OR = 2.4), and end-of-life care (OR = 6.5) were significantly associated with the outcome PCU mortality. Conclusions: This study underscores Austria’s SPC access imbalance and emphasizes timely PC integration across disciplines for effective advance care planning and dignified end-of-life experiences in PCUs. Full article
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