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Fegg, Martin Johannes; Kögler, Monika; Abright, Carina; Hensler, Mira; Lorenzl, Stefan (2016): Meaning in Life in Patients With Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. In: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Vol. 31, No. 5: pp. 543-547
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Abstract

Background: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal degeneration (CBD) are characterized by rapid deterioration and a fatal outcome. Objectives: Admission triggers, treatment efficacy, and care patterns. Methods: Retrospective analysis of patients with PSP/CBD admitted to an inpatient specialized palliative care service. Results: In 38 patients, there were 63 admissions for swallowing difficulties, falls, pain, impaired communication, cognitive/mood disturbances, respiratory symptoms, and infection. Mean length of stay was 11.6 days. Treatment response was variable. In 68%, of admission episodes there was stabilization or improvement, 75% were discharged home. In case of readmission, the mean interval has been 9.7 months. Time since diagnosis and admission triggers were not associated with outcome or death. Conclusion: Patients showed high symptom load contrasting with discharge rates and subsequent health care utilization. Brief multidisciplinary interventions might be helpful to preserve autonomy.