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  1. Cheong WL, Mohan D, Warren N, Reidpath DD
    Mult. Scler., 2019 11;25(13):1821-1822.
    PMID: 31517592 DOI: 10.1177/1352458519876697
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care*
  2. Ednin H
    Family Physician, 2001;11:34-34.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care
  3. Devaraj TP
    Med J Malaysia, 2002 Dec;57(4):384-9.
    PMID: 12733161
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care/organization & administration*
  4. Cheong WL, Reidpath DD
    Lancet Neurol, 2017 11;16(11):868.
    PMID: 29029842 DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(17)30321-6
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care*
  5. Loh KY, Kwa SK, Nurjahan MI
    Med Educ, 2006 Nov;40(11):1131-2.
    PMID: 17054631
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care*
  6. Namazi H, Kulish VV, Wong A
    Sci Rep, 2015;5:13583.
    PMID: 26316014 DOI: 10.1038/srep13583
    Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cells' growth which affect DNAs and make them damaged. Many treatment options for cancer exist, with the primary ones including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy and palliative care. Which treatments are used depends on the type, location, and grade of the cancer as well as the person's health and wishes. Chemotherapy is the use of medication (chemicals) to treat disease. More specifically, chemotherapy typically refers to the destruction of cancer cells. Considering the diffusion of drugs in cancer cells and fractality of DNA walks, in this research we worked on modelling and prediction of the effect of chemotherapy on cancer cells using Fractional Diffusion Equation (FDE). The employed methodology is useful not only for analysis of the effect of special drug and cancer considered in this research but can be expanded in case of different drugs and cancers.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing
  7. Ng CG, Lai KT, Tan SB, Sulaiman AH, Zainal NZ
    J Palliat Med, 2016 09;19(9):917-24.
    PMID: 27110900 DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2016.0046
    BACKGROUND: Palliative cancer patients suffer from high levels of distress. There are physiological changes in relation to the level of perceived distress.

    OBJECTIVE: To study the efficacy of 5 minutes of mindful breathing (MB) for rapid reduction of distress in a palliative setting. Its effect to the physiological changes of the palliative cancer patients was also examined.

    METHODS: This is a randomized controlled trial. Sixty palliative cancer patients were recruited. They were randomly assigned to either 5 minutes of MB or normal listening arms. The changes of perceived distress, blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, galvanic skin response, and skin surface temperature of the patients were measured at baseline, after intervention, and 10 minutes post-intervention.

    RESULTS: There was significant reduction of perceived distress, blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, and galvanic skin response; also, significant increment of skin surface temperature in the 5-minute MB group. The changes in the 5-minute breathing group were significantly higher than the normal listening group.

    CONCLUSION: Five-minute MB is a quick, easy to administer, and effective therapy for rapid reduction of distress in palliative setting. There is a need for future study to establish the long-term efficacy of the therapy.

    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care*
  8. Cheong WL, Mohan D, Warren N, Reidpath DD
    J Palliat Med, 2019 May;22(5):545-552.
    PMID: 30570416 DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0447
    The state of palliative care research is closely linked to the development of palliative care services in a country or region.
    To systematically review the current state of palliative care research in the Asia Pacific region and analyze its relationship with the performance of each country in the region on the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2015 Quality of Death Index.
    Systematic review and bibliographic analysis in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Protocol 2015 (PRISMA-P).
    Data Sources:
    The PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, SCOPUS, CINAHL, and PsychiNFO databases were searched on February 4, 2018.
    One thousand six hundred sixty-seven articles were reviewed. Eighteen out of 32 countries in the region published research. Around 74.15% (1236) of the articles were produced by high-income countries. Research output (articles per 1 m population) was closely linked to country performance on the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2015 Quality of Death Index (adjusted R2= 0.85). Palliative care research in the region is overwhelmingly focused on cancer (80.13% of articles reviewed). The most common themes of research were "palliative care service (24.45%)" and "clinical" (15.38%).
    Palliative care research in the region is growing but remains largely centered on the high-income countries, with many low- and middle-income countries having little published research output. Much work is required to drive research in these countries to generate the evidence required for the development of palliative care services. The emphasis on cancer in research also indicates that the needs of patients suffering from noncancer-related diseases may be neglected.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care/organization & administration*; Palliative Care/statistics & numerical data*; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing/organization & administration*; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing/statistics & numerical data*
  9. Zhang MWB, Ho RCM, Ng CG
    Technol Health Care, 2017 Dec 04;25(6):1173-1176.
    PMID: 28946598 DOI: 10.3233/THC-170868
    In psychiatry, mindfulness based intervention has been increasingly popular as a means of psychosocial intervention over the last decade. With the alvanche of technological advances, there has been a myriad of mindfulness based applications. Recent reviews have highlighted how these applications are lacking in functionalities and without demonstrated efficacy. Other reviews have emphasized that there is a need to take into consideration the design of an application, due to placebo effects. It is the aim of this technical note to illustrate how the 5-Minutes Mindfulness application, which is an application designed to provide mindfulness exercises to relieve distress and suffering amongst palliative patients, have been conceptualized. The conceptualized application builds on previous evidence of the efficacy of 5-Minutes Mindfulness demonstrated by pilot and randomized trials. In terms of design, the currently conceptualized application has been designed such that placebo effects could be controlled for.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care/methods*
  10. Look ML, Tan SB, Hong LL, Ng CG, Yee HA, Lim LY, et al.
    PMID: 32788274 DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002382
    CONTEXT: There has been increasing evidence of the role of mindfulness-based interventions in improving various health conditions. However, the evidence for the use of mindfulness in the palliative care setting is still lacking.

    OBJECTIVES: The objective of our study was to determine the efficacy of a single session of 20 min mindful breathing in alleviating multiple symptoms in palliative care.

    METHODS: Adult palliative care in patients with at least one symptom scoring ≥5/10 based on the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) were recruited from September 2018 to December 2018. Recruited patients were randomly assigned to either 20 min mindful breathing and standard care or standard care alone.

    RESULTS: Forty patients were randomly assigned to standard care plus a 20 min mindful breathing session (n=20) or standard care alone (n=20). There was statistically significant reduction of total ESAS score in the mindful breathing group compared with the control group at minute 20 (U=98, n 1 = n 2 = 20, mean rank 1 = 15.4, mean rank 2 = 25.6, median reduction 1 = 6.5, median reduction 2 = 1.5, z=-2.763, r=0.3, p=0.005).

    CONCLUSION: Our results provided evidence that a single session of 20 min mindful breathing was effective in reducing multiple symptoms rapidly for palliative care patients.

    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing
  11. Cheah WL, Ling NC, Chang KH
    Chin Clin Oncol, 2016 Feb;5(1):7.
    PMID: 26932431 DOI: 10.3978/j.issn.2304-3865.2016.02.01
    This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the prevalence of unmet supportive care needs among prostate cancer patients.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care
  12. Tan SB, Loh EC, Lam CL, Ng CG, Lim EJ, Boey CCM
    BMJ Support Palliat Care, 2019 Mar;9(1):e19.
    PMID: 27098972 DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-001064
    Although suffering in palliative care has received increasing attention over the past decade, the psychological processes that underpin suffering remain relatively unexplored.

    OBJECTIVE: To understand the psychological processes involved in the experiencing of suffering at the end phase of life.

    METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 20 palliative care inpatients from an academic medical centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The transcripts were thematically analysed with NVIVO9.

    RESULTS: 5 themes of psychological processes of suffering were generated: (1) perceptions, (2) cognitive appraisals, (3) hope and the struggles with acceptance, (4) emotions and (5) clinging. A model of suffering formation was constructed.

    CONCLUSION: The findings may inform the development of mechanism-based interventions in the palliation of suffering.

    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care/psychology*; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing/methods*
  13. Lim KH
    Family Physician, 2001;11:35-36.
    Despite time, mobility, knowledge and other constraints, it is still possible for General Practitioners to play an active role in Palliative Care. This article offers various roles where GP can play. Differences between hospice, palliative medicine, palliative care are discussed. Suggestions are made on where to seek formal or informal education on palliative care. Key Words: role, hospice, palliative medicine, palliative care, illness, sickness
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care
  14. Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care
  15. Chin LE, Loong LC, Ngen CC, Beng TS, Shireen C, Kuan WS, et al.
    Am J Hosp Palliat Care, 2014 Dec;31(8):833-5.
    PMID: 24150973 DOI: 10.1177/1049909113509001
    Good communication is essential but sometimes challenging in pediatric palliative care. We describe 3 cases whereby miniature chairs made of various materials and colors were used successfully to encourage communication among pediatric patients, family, and health care professionals. This chair-inspired model may serve as a simple tool to facilitate complex discussions and to enable self-expression by children in the pediatric palliative care setting.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care/methods*
  16. Namasivayam P, Lee S, O'Connor M, Barnett T
    J Clin Nurs, 2014 Jan;23(1-2):173-80.
    PMID: 23651099 DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12242
    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe the process that nurses experienced in engaging with families in Malaysian palliative care settings and the challenges they faced.
    BACKGROUND: In palliative care settings, nurses and the terminally ill person's family members interact very closely with each other. It is important for nurses to work with families to ensure that the care of the terminally ill person is optimised.
    RESEARCH DESIGN: A qualitative design using grounded theory methods was used to describe how nurses engaged with families and the challenges they faced.
    METHODS: Twenty-two nurses from home care and inpatient palliative care settings across Malaysia participated in this study. Data were collected through seven interviews and eight focus group discussions conducted between 2007-2009.
    RESULTS: The main problem identified by nurses was the different expectations to patient care with families. The participants used the core process of Engaging with families to resolve these differences and implemented strategies described as Preparing families for palliative care, Modifying care and Staying engaged to promote greater consistency and quality of care. When participants were able to resolve their different expectations with families, these resulted in positive outcomes, described as Harmony. However, negative outcomes of participants not being able to resolve their different expectations with families were Disharmony.
    CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights the importance of engaging and supporting families of the terminally ill as well as providing a guide that may be used by nurses and carers to better respond to families' needs and concerns.
    RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: The study draws attention to the need for formal palliative care education, inclusive of family care, to enable nurses to provide the terminally ill person and their family effective and appropriate care.
    KEYWORDS: Malaysia; beliefs; families; grounded theory; multicultural; nurses; nursing care; palliative care; terminally ill
    Matched MeSH terms: Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing/manpower*
  17. Namasivayam P, O Connor M, Barnett T, Lee S, Peters L
    Int J Palliat Nurs, 2011 Oct;17(10):507-13.
    PMID: 22068121 DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2011.17.10.507
    Palliative care in Malaysia developed in the 1990s to improve the quality of life of people with advanced cancer. Like many other countries, Malaysia faces its own challenges in providing palliative care to patients and their families. In Malaysian culture, families play a significant part in providing care to the dying. Connecting with families in patient care is therefore important. This paper reports a focused literature review evaluating studies on the care of the families of terminally ill people in palliative care environments in Malaysia.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care*
  18. Menon BS, Mohamed M, Juraida E, Ibrahim H
    J Palliat Med, 2008 Dec;11(10):1301-3.
    PMID: 19115887 DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2008.0167
    The aims of this study were to review the deaths of Malaysian pediatric oncology patients in order to determine the major causes and the proportion of patients who received palliative care.
    Matched MeSH terms: Palliative Care/statistics & numerical data*
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