World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 1 July 2015

Categories: Care.

Focus On Palliative Care Services

BGISMedia – Barabdos

Health Minister John Boyce has announced that the expansion of palliative care services is currently being addressed in a draft National Action Plan for Cancer 2015 to 2019.

Healthy 24-year-old granted right to die in Belgium

Belgium – Newsweek

Doctors in Belgium are granting a healthy 24 year old woman who is suffering from depression the right to die, as she qualifies for euthanasia, even though she does not have a terminal or life-threatening illness.

Doctors’ group proposes assisted death protocols in absence of rules from government

Canada – National Post

In a draft document, the Canadian Medical Association sets out the terms under which Canadians should qualify for assisted dying and the processes to be followed after a person requests to be put to death.

Cultural influences on palliative family caregiving: service recommendations specific to the Vietnamese in Canada

Canada – BMC Research Notes

Ten service recommendations for healthcare settings (including the home) to help improve palliative and end of life services for the Vietnamese population.

Risk score developed for life expectancy of hospital patients

Austria – Science Daily

Researchers have developed the world’s first prognosis scoring system (PANDORA score) for hospital patients and their life expectancy within the next 30 days.

Making the law respect gender identity after death

US – NPR

In California, a new law outlines protocols for filling out death certificates for transgender people; coroners and funeral directors must record a person’s gender identity rather than anatomical sex on the death certificate and if there’s a dispute, a driver’s license or passport will be sufficient legal documentation to trump family opinion.

Stories of Compassion: Meet Mayele Motebele

ehospice South Africa

There is a saying that goes: “Dynamite comes in small packages.”Today we meet a young man that best describes this and who has a really big heart.

New occupational therapy programme aims to improve quality of life for people with multiple chronic diseases

ehospice Ireland

A new programme to help the 1 in 10 people in Ireland with multimorbidity or multiple chronic diseases manage their conditions better has been devised by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons.