An Oregon State University study found 27% of hospice patients were given an antibiotic in their final week of life, even though only 15% of those who got the drugs had a documented infection. Researchers wrote in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management that more work is needed to develop guidelines for antibiotic use in hospice care.
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society used Palliative Performance Status reports to create a time frame for changes in functional status. Palliative care expert Dr. Christian Sinclair writes in PalliMed that researchers used data from three hospices to create the trajectories.
The University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California Hastings College of Law have begun a medical-legal program for seniors. It sends law students and attorneys to a geriatrics primary care clinic to provide free legal advice for patients. Attorney Sarah Hooper writes in GeriPal that the goal is to help older adults with end-of-life care planning and preventive legal services.
Relatives leave their jobs and even their homes to care for loved ones with serious illnesses or disabilities. Carolyn Lazaris said caring for her father, who has Alzheimer's disease, was too stressful while she was working so she quit and moved back to her parents' home. She wants her old life back but also wants her father to be able to stay in his home.
Stanford University offers a free, Internet-based mini-fellowship on aging and end-of-life care in a multiculutural context. Dr. V.J. Periyakoil, director of palliative care education and training at Stanford, said the Internet-based Successful Aging, or iSAGE, program can be accessed online at any time and has a multimedia format. He said it will provide professionals with a "deep understanding of the core principles of successful aging."