Maria A McGill

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BACKGROUND Self care is a key feature of health care policy in the UK. It has been suggested that self care by patients with cancer improves quality of life, symptom management, and patient satisfaction. However, little is known about self care and end of life care. OBJECTIVES This review sets out to find out what is known about how people experiencing(More)
In remote communities, where frequent face-to-face contact with health professionals may be difficult, the ongoing review and management of symptoms--a fundamental part of good palliative care--can be difficult to achieve. Telecare and other developments in information technology are increasingly being sought as a means of addressing shifting population(More)
BACKGROUND A suite of 10 online virtual patients developed using the IVIMEDS 'Riverside' authoring tool has been introduced into our undergraduate general practice clerkship. These cases provide a multimedia-rich experience to students. Their interactive nature promotes the development of clinical reasoning skills such as discriminating key clinical(More)
Poor oral health is an extremely common problem in patients with advanced cancer and, because of its impact on quality of life, promoting oral care should be regarded as a priority by every hospice and palliative care team. At Accord Hospice, Paisley, UK, a protocol for oral care has been developed which is simple, inexpensive and evidence-based. Evaluation(More)
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with a progressive decline in insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells, an increase in hepatic glucose production, and a decrease in insulin sensitivity. The incretin hormones glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) stimulate glucose-induced insulin secretion; however, in(More)
Pressure ulcer prevention is an important aspect of palliative care nursing. This article reports part 1 of the results of a postal questionnaire survey of all 206 palliative care inpatient units listed in the St Christopher's' information service hospice directory. The key areas surveyed were current pressure ulcer prevention policies in use in UK(More)
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