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Use of complementary medicines and lifestyle approaches by people living with dementia: Exploring experiences, motivations and attitudes

Background: Lack of effective treatments for chronic conditions is associated with high rates of complementary medicine (CM) use. However, little is known about CM use for dementia.Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences, motivations, and attitudes towards CM use by people living with dementia in an Australian setting. Design: This study had a qualitative research design; quantitative demographic information was also collected.

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 10:28

The treatment burden of long-term home noninvasive ventilation

The prevalence of long-term home noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has progressively increased over recent decades, supported by evidence of clinical effectiveness in a range of conditions leading to chronic respiratory failure. Simultaneous technological developments have improved the reliability, portability, and comfort of devices, making NIV increasingly accessible and acceptable as a treatment option.

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 20:07

Pain in persons with dementia and the direct and indirect impacts on caregiver burden

Background: Unresolved pain is related to neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) in persons living with dementia (PLWD), and an increase in NPS is distressing for PLWD and their caregivers. Hence, we examined whether pain in PLWD was related to caregiver burden and whether caregiver upset with NPS mediated this relationship. Methods: We examined, cross-sectionally, the relationships among pain in PLWD, caregiver burden, and upset with NPS.

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 10:52

#MoreThanAVisitor: Families as "Essential" Care Partners During COVID-19

The public health response to the current Coronavirus pandemic in long-term care communities, including assisted living, encompasses prohibiting visitors. This ban, which includes family members, has been criticized for being unfair, unhealthy, and unsafe. Against this backdrop, I examine the roles family play in residents' daily lives and care routines.

Wed, 06/08/2022 - 19:13

Living well with kidney disease by patient and care‐partner empowerment: Kidney health for everyone everywhere

An editorial is presented to the article Chronic kidney disease, associated symptoms, and treatment, including medications, dietary and fluid restrictions, and kidney replacement therapy, has disrupt and constrain daily living and impair the quality of life of patients. Topics include the development of validated patient reported outcome measures and used to assess of life participation; and monitoring of life participation has supported by regulatory agencies as a metric for quality care.

Tue, 06/07/2022 - 19:52

Informal carers in severe mental health conditions: Issues raised by the United Kingdom SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic

An introduction is presented in which the editor discusses articles in the issue on topics including delusions, cognitive disturbance, and marked difficulties with social functioning and networks.

Mon, 06/06/2022 - 15:02

Challenges and complexities of meeting family needs in the intensive care unit

Whether a planned or unexpected admission, having a relative in the intensive care unit (ICU) can be a time of turmoil and extreme stress for family members as well as patients.

Thu, 01/27/2022 - 16:15

Assessment of Family Caregivers' Needs: What Employers Need to Know

It remains to be seen whether employers' increased awareness of and support for their employees' caregiving roles during the COVID-19 pandemic will result in permanent changes that better align benefits with employees' needs. Family Caregiver Assessment Assessment of family caregivers' needs and well-being separately from those of the care recipient has long been recommended as an essential component of caregiver support by organizations such as Family Caregiver Alliance and AARP.

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 13:42

We should care more about caregivers

Intro: 'Every day, about 28% of Canadians provide care for a family member, friend or neighbour, and nearly half will do so at some point. Although many Canadians with chronic conditions and disabilities need care, the most common needs requiring caregiver help are age related. With 93% of older Canadians living at home, unpaid or informal caregivers provide up to 75% of care services, which equates to about $24–$31 billion in unpaid work annually. We must and can to do more to acknowledge and support informal caregivers in bearing this burden.'

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 12:39

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