Physicians Consider Patient Preferences -- and Other Issues-- When Making Care Decisions for Patients Unable to Do So Themselves
Sometimes hospitalized patients are unable to make decisions about their medical care. They may be unable to do so because they are seriously ill, have dementia, or are taking medications that interfere with decision-making, for example.
POLST Program Enables Patients to Document Wishes for Life-Sustaining Treatment New study Links Program to Lower Rates of Unwanted Hospitalization
Nursing home patients who participate in a program that enables them to record their wishes for life-sustaining treatment are far less likely to receive unwanted hospitalization and medical interventions than are other patients, say the researchers of a new multi-state study.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Puts Older Veterans at Higher Risk for Dementia PTSD Could be Independent Dementia Risk Factor, Say Researchers
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after exposure to life-threatening, traumatic, or fear-inducing situations. PTSD causes a cluster of symptoms, including re-experiencing, avoidance, difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability or having outbursts of … more