Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Title

Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Creator

Arias R; Andrews J; Pandya S; Pettit K; Trout C; Apkon S; Karwoski J; Cunniff C; Matthews D; Miller T; Davis MF; Meaney FJ

Identifier

Publisher

Muscle & Nerve

Date

2011

Description

INTRODUCTION: Palliative care services that address physical pain and emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs may benefit individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). METHODS: The objective of this study was to describe the palliative care services that families of males with DMD report they receive. A questionnaire was administered to families of males with DMD born prior to January 1, 1982. Thirty-four families responded. RESULTS: Most families (85%) had never heard the term palliative care. Only attendant care and skilled nursing services showed much usage, with 44% and 50% indicating receipt of these services, respectively. Receipt of other services was reported less frequently: pastoral care (27%); respite care (18%); pain management (12%); and hospice care (6%). Only 8 respondents (25%) reported having any type of directive document in place. CONCLUSION: The data suggest a need for improved awareness of palliative care and related services among families of young men with DMD.

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Volume

1

Citation

Arias R; Andrews J; Pandya S; Pettit K; Trout C; Apkon S; Karwoski J; Cunniff C; Matthews D; Miller T; Davis MF; Meaney FJ, “Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 22, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11589.

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