HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Needs of people dying of heart failure not being met

The needs of people dying of heart failure are not being met, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh compared the experiences of 20 people with lung cancer with those of 20 people with advanced heart failure, using interviews every three months for up to one year with patients, their carers, and key professional carers.

They found that patients with lung cancer had access to good quality written information and most understood their illness and its causes. In contrast, patients with heart failure rarely recalled being given any written information, had a poor understanding of their condition, and had less opportunity to address end of life issues.

More health and social services, including financial benefits were available to those with lung cancer, although they were not always used effectively. Cardiac patients received less health, social, and palliative care, and care was often poorly coordinated.

Many patients with end stage chronic illnesses do not receive appropriate services because their multi-dimensional needs are not understood, and their prognosis is uncertain, say the authors. They argue that all patients with advanced serious illness should be afforded the same priority for palliative care as patients with cancer. Care should be prioritised according to the degree of need the patient has, not simply according to the diagnosis.

Care for patients with advanced heart failure should be proactive and designed to meet their specific needs, they conclude.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bma.org.uk
44-207-383-6254
BMJ-British Medical Journal
24-Oct-2002


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Safe Water, Medicines, Insecticides Greatest Needs After Mitch
2. Brain imaging study may hold clues to onset of schizophrenia in people at high risk
3. Antiretroviral therapy may prevent excess risk of some cancers in people with HIV
4. Malt liquor beers, and the people who drink them, are different
5. UCLA study shows that people drink less alcohol as they age
6. Flu vaccination benefits people of any age with high-risk medical conditions
7. Elderly people cared for by spouse are at greater risk for abuse, Pitt researchers find
8. Older people get the big picture faster, and they are less inhibited
9. Promise of bladder pacemaker for people with spinal cord injury
10. Controversial Atkins Diet may be beneficial for people with epilepsy
11. How the stories of ordinary people could give them more say over planning decisions

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... EB Medicine presented ... in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor the ... Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this award, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC ... by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment ... resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and other difficult to transfect cells, announces its ... The PluriQ™ G9™ Gene Editing System is a complete system for ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... To succeed under value-based payments, ... are unsure how to move forward, given the need to sustain current operations. ... tailored to an organization’s specific needs. , PYA Principal Martie Ross states, “Healthcare ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats, located in Arizona has re-located to ... vortex sites: Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa, and Boynton Canyon. The new retreat center ... as well as the Sedona Rouge, both popular accommodations for SpiritQuest clients. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, Binder, ... Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. ... excipients market is projected to reach USD 8.1 Billion ... forecast period 2016 to 2021. The ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... report to their offering. ... favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing ... serve to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The ... sales considerably, but development is still in its infancy. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... Oticon , industry leaders in advanced ... launch of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s first ... of possibilities for IoT devices.      (Photo: ... Oticon introduces a number of ,world firsts,: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: