CMA Releases End-Of-Life Prescription Guidelines
Meanwhile, researches at UC Davis look at how music can improve dementia care.
Payers & Providers:
CMA Issues End-Of-Life Guidelines
The California Medical Association issued guidelines this week to its physician members on how to administer drugs to terminally ill patients who wish to end their life. The guidelines stem from the recent passage of the End of Life Option Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1. It made California the fifth state in the U.S. to sanction physician-assisted suicide of terminally ill patients. (1/20)
The Sacramento Business Journal:
Researchers Study Long-Term Effectiveness Of Treating Dementia With Music
Researchers with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis will investigate ways of using music to improve dementia care at skilled nursing facilities. As part of a three-year study, the California Association of Health Facilities will see if listening to a personalized list of favorite songs reduces dementia patients' need for medication. Researchers from the University of California Davis will crunch data from that study to see if it works, how it works and how the technique can best be implemented. (Anderson, 1/20)