Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Rebeca Arias, Jennifer Andrews, Shree Pandya, Kathleen Pettit, Christina Trout, Susan Apkon, Jane Karwoski, Christopher M Cunniff, Dennis Matthews, Timothy Miller, Melinda F Davis, F. John Meaney

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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. Thirtyfour 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Palliative Care
Respite Care
Pastoral Care
Hospice Care
Nursing Services
Pain Management
Pain

Keywords

  • Advance directives
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Health services model
  • Healthcare barriers
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Physiology

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Arias, R., Andrews, J., Pandya, S., Pettit, K., Trout, C., Apkon, S., ... John Meaney, F. (2011). Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Muscle and Nerve, 44(1), 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1002/mus.22005

Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. / Arias, Rebeca; Andrews, Jennifer; Pandya, Shree; Pettit, Kathleen; Trout, Christina; Apkon, Susan; Karwoski, Jane; Cunniff, Christopher M; Matthews, Dennis; Miller, Timothy; Davis, Melinda F; John Meaney, F.

In: Muscle and Nerve, Vol. 44, No. 1, 07.2011, p. 93-101.

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Arias, R, Andrews, J, Pandya, S, Pettit, K, Trout, C, Apkon, S, Karwoski, J, Cunniff, CM, Matthews, D, Miller, T, Davis, MF & John Meaney, F 2011, 'Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy', Muscle and Nerve, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1002/mus.22005
Arias R, Andrews J, Pandya S, Pettit K, Trout C, Apkon S et al. Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Muscle and Nerve. 2011 Jul;44(1):93-101. https://doi.org/10.1002/mus.22005
Arias, Rebeca ; Andrews, Jennifer ; Pandya, Shree ; Pettit, Kathleen ; Trout, Christina ; Apkon, Susan ; Karwoski, Jane ; Cunniff, Christopher M ; Matthews, Dennis ; Miller, Timothy ; Davis, Melinda F ; John Meaney, F. / Palliative care services in families of males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In: Muscle and Nerve. 2011 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 93-101.
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