For patients with advanced cancer, aggressive care — chemotherapy, mechanical ventilation, acute hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions — at the end of life is commonplace. Yet until now, little is known about the relationship between patients’ and families’ satisfaction with this aggressive care within the last 30 days of life.
The problem of prescription drug abuse and overdose — particularly opioid abuse — is at crisis level in the US and an examination of clinical practices to mitigate this crisis is necessary.
The unprecedented digital connectivity and use of smartphone technology have transformed how people access, share, and communicate information – including information about health care. As of mid-2015, there were more than 165,000 mobile health applications (apps) in use worldwide, illustrating the important role of mobile technology in the way health care is delivered and received.
In a new study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcome and Policy Research (CHOPR) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) examined the factors influencing the likelihood of missed nursing care in a pediatric setting. Their findings indicate that pediatric nurses with poor work environments and higher patient loads are more likely to miss required care.