Future Research on the topic hospice care and comfort medications should

Future research on the topic hospice care and comfort

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Future Research on the topic hospice care and comfort medications should include a more diverse population of patients and caregivers, larger sample size and include nurses/healthcare workers from a variety of backgrounds. Patients should be followed from terminal diagnosis till death. Conclusion There were several limitations to this literature review. One being only scholarly articles from within the past five years were included. Each article does reveal its own limitations including small sample size and limited participants. Recommendations can be offered but it is ultimately up to the interdisciplinary healthcare team to follow through with these recommendations. The literature review articles are relevant because they apply to daily hospice care clinical practice. Hospice patients and caregivers lack information and understanding of disease process and treatment, as well as, comfort measures, this can lead to misconceptions related to hospice care and comfort medications. The research reviewed proves that early education for hospice patients and caregivers is vital to quality of life and positive experiences at the end of life. Nurses and healthcare staff need to continue to educate caregivers and each other on end of life care and comfort measures. Appendix 11
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HOSPICE AND COMFORT MEDICATIONS 12 PICO(T): Comfort based care including pain management and symptom management is key to improving and maintaining quality of life of hospice patients, whether they are actively dying or in early stages of the end of life. In patients with terminal illness on hospice/palliative care service, does education of comfort medications, compared to education at the time of transition to actively dying improve pain, symptom management, quality of life and apprehension during the end of life. Systematic search via Shapiro Library multi-search Key terms used for search: Comfort medication AND end of life AND education n=49 Articles reviewed and utilized n=7
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HOSPICE AND COMFORT MEDICATIONS Study Citation Design Metho d Sampl e Data Collectio n Data Analysis Validity Reliabili ty Oliver, D. P., Wittenberg- Lyles, E., Washington, K., Kruse, R. L., Albright, D. L., Baldwin, P. K., . . . Demiris, G. (2013). Hospice caregivers' experiences with pain management: "I'm not a doctor, and I don't know if I helped her go faster or slower". Journal of Pain and Symptom Qualit ative intervi ew 146 Careg ivers of hospi ce patien ts Transcri pts reviewe d and read 3 times, discusse d and coded SAS for window s Yes, clearly provid ed descrip tive statisti cs of caregiv er’s experie nces with pain manag ement Yes, can be reprodu ced, informa tion was retrieve d from ongoin g random ized clinical trial 13
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HOSPICE AND COMFORT MEDICATIONS Management, 46 (6), 846-858. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsy mman.2013.02.0 11 Howes, J. (2015). Nurses’ Perceptions of Medication Use at the End of Life in an Acute Care Setting.
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