Effects of a primary palliative care intervention on quality of life and mental health in cystic fibrosis

Title

Effects of a primary palliative care intervention on quality of life and mental health in cystic fibrosis

Creator

Friedman D; Linnemann RW; Altstein L L; Georgiopoulos AM; Islam S; Bach KT; St John A; Fracchia MS; Neuringer I; Lapey A; Sicilian L; Moskowitz SM; Yonker LM

Identifier

Publisher

Pediatric Pulmonology

Date

2019

Subject

quality of life; anxiety; depression; chronic symptom burden; cystic fibrosis; primary palliative care

Description

BACKGROUND: Despite the significant impact of chronic symptoms on quality of life with cystic fibrosis (CF), the role of palliative care in management of this disease is not well defined. The coping, goal assessment, and relief from evolving CF symptoms (CF-CARES) model is a primary palliative care intervention designed to provide chronic symptom management at all stages of the disease. The goal of this pilot study was to estimate the effectiveness of the CF-CARES intervention on improving chronic symptoms and quality of life for people living with CF. METHODS: A structured assessment was used to guide referral to supportive services intended to address burdensome symptoms. Follow-up assessments were performed approximately 3 and 6 months later. Longitudinal regression analyses of changes in symptoms and quality of life were performed for all participants regardless of utilization of supportive services. Subgroup analyses were performed for subjects participating in mental health and alternative health services. RESULTS: Forty-one subjects completed assessment and referral processes. The mean number of CF-associated symptoms decreased over time, as did respiratory symptom-related distress and depressive symptoms. Subjects utilizing alternative health services reported less psychological distress at follow-up. Among subjects with severe disease, mental health, and quality of life improved, especially for those using mental health services. CONCLUSIONS: The CF-CARES model resulted in significant mental health and quality-of-life benefits, suggesting the value of integrating symptom management interventions into routine CF care. Moreover, mental health services can play a key role in CF-specific primary palliative care, especially for those with advanced disease.

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Friedman D; Linnemann RW; Altstein L L; Georgiopoulos AM; Islam S; Bach KT; St John A; Fracchia MS; Neuringer I; Lapey A; Sicilian L; Moskowitz SM; Yonker LM, “Effects of a primary palliative care intervention on quality of life and mental health in cystic fibrosis,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 24, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16141.

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