Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 12 Round-up: Caregiving, and Hospice and Palliative Care

  • CMS is promoting its Ask Medicare feature on its caregiver website, Users can view topics like Medicare basics, comparing drug and health plans, home health care and community services, nursing homes and alternatives and more. Learn more from Texas' Pittsburg Gazette.

  • Listen to this National Public Radio story on the effect the economy is having on families providing eldercare for relatives.

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum on April 1, 2009 at 2:00pm.

  • Stanford University School of Medicine is running a study geared to improving at-home caregiving for U.S. veterans. They are looking for participants to gauge the effectiveness of an online workshop that provides training to at-home caregivers of veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer`s disease or other forms of dementia. Veterans who are caring for people with these disorders are also
    eligible. Learn more from the press release .

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles is starting an acupuncture program for children dealing with chronic pain.

  • HemOnc Today discusses the effect fatigue has on adult and pediatric cancer patients.
    For patients with advanced cancer, palliative care patients and pediatric patients with advanced cancer, fatigue is one of the most prevalent and distressing symptoms they experience. It is the most common adverse effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

    For cancer survivors, fatigue can continue to be a problem months or years after cancer treatment is completed. Fatigue is frequently multifactorial and affects not only the physical, but the psychological domains. Most patients do not broach the topic with their physician because they assume it is normal. Most clinicians do not ask about it because they do not realize the prevalence of the symptom and the distress it causes. Because of the profound negative impact it has on a patient’s life, addressing fatigue is a crucial component of effective palliative care.