Abbie M Kirkendall

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Eight normotensive white middle-aged men were given low, moderate, and high salt diets with constant potassium intakes each for periods of at least 4 weeks. There was a tendency for body weight, serum sodium, exchangeable sodium, and inulin space to increase. Indirect blood pressure measurements revealed no change in blood pressure, either supine or upright(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore how staff recognize that a resident is dying and to present a typology of comfort measures. DESIGN Exploratory, descriptive study involving qualitative methods and semistructured in-depth interviews with staff members of one nursing home. SETTING A 120-bed nursing home that is part of a continuum of care from independent living, to(More)
The Hispanic older adult population is increasing rapidly and past research suggests that this demographic group underutilizes hospice services, highlighting the need to improve our understanding of their needs in end of life. This study relied upon information from the family evaluation of hospice care survey provided by 2980 caregivers, 152 of whom cared(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine patient characteristics post hospitalization between hospice home care and hospice care delivered in a medical facility. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS A total of 3,613 hospital discharges to either hospice delivered at home or in a medical facility. Data was from the 2010 Nevada Hospital Inpatient Data. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Our(More)
The number of older people with intellectual disabilities (IDs) is increasing in parallel to the lengthening life expectancy of the overall population. Little is known about the needs of older people with IDs who are at life's end. Service providers who offer direct care to people with IDs have begun to develop partnerships with hospice and palliative care(More)
OBJECTIVE The Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) survey is widely employed by hospices, and several studies have examined this information to help inform and enhance end-of-life services. However, these studies have largely focused on examining relatively straightforward associations between variables and have not tested larger models that could(More)
Most older adults with advanced illnesses express the wish to die at home. Home-based care from home health and hospice agencies makes this possible, but there are great geographic variations in utilization. Interviews and focus groups with key constituents in home health and hospice agencies across the 8-county region of Western New York State were used to(More)
BACKGROUND As the older U.S. population becomes more ethnically diverse, there will be an increased need for culturally sensitive hospice care services. Hispanics often experience multiple barriers to quality end-of-life care services. OBJECTIVE To address the underlying disparities in the cultural, emotional, and spiritual aspects of hospice care, the(More)
Investigating whether socioeconomic characteristics determine if hospice is received at home or in a medical facility is important to examine, considering most patients prefer to die at home. This study relied upon The State Inpatient Data of Nevada. A total of 19 206 discharges were analyzed from the data set between 2009 and 2013. The results indicate(More)