World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 13 July 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Talking about dying won’t kill you, Palliative Care Australia says

Australia – Sydney Morning Herald

By talking about it we learn what to do with this difficult and unwanted companion. Talking about dying won’t kill you. This is Palliative Care Australia’s current campaign.

Hope for Flagstaff hospice after change of board

US – Arizona Daily Sun

After a changing of the board and chief operating officer, Northland Hospice has a new name and outlook. The hospice facility announced its new board, CEO and name, Vista Hospice, in June. It also will move its thrift shop into its office location.

How do young adult cancer patients want to spend their final days?

US – Forbes

Much of the conversation surrounding end of life care has to do with the elderly making decisions based on how they’d like to spend their final days. But when children are thrown into the equation things become a lot more challenging for physicians, patients and parents.

Is palliative care in humanitarian crises a luxury?

ALNAP

What are the responsibilities of humanitarian healthcare teams, if any, vis a vis the palliative needs of patients?

Russia’s economic crunch puts pain drugs out of reach, even for the sickest

Russia – Washington Post

As the Russian economy has faltered, pain management for people with severe illnesses has become all but unaffordable.

Aggressive cancer treatment near end of life persists despite rise in advance planning efforts

US – Medical Xpress

In a review of nearly 2,000 surveys with people whose loved ones died of cancer, researchers say they found a 40 percent increase over a 12-year period in the number of patients with cancer who participated in one form of advance care planning but no corresponding impact on their rates of aggressive medical care received in the last weeks of life.

End of life care conversations benefit everyone, including doctors

Canada – Globe & Mail

Most of us are much less reluctant nowadays to appoint a substitute decision-maker in case we become incapacitated, or to talk with loved ones about our wishes if tests produce alarming results.

Low-key ruling puts sharp focus on sensitive end of life care debate

Irish Independent

Irish courts have refused to authorise positive steps to accelerate death or terminate life. But the Supreme Court has – when it authorised the withdrawal of treatment in the case of a woman in a near-persistent vegetative state – ruled that the right to life includes the right to die a dignified and natural death.

“Why isn’t palliative care a part of medical curriculum?”

Pallium India

How can you and I accept the fact that a medical student and a nursing student do not learn how to treat pain? Does that not violate the basic fundamental right of you and I, and all our loved ones – the 1.2 billion people in India?

Minister seeks public input on cancer strategy

ehospice Ireland

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has encouraged individuals and organisations to have their say on the new National Cancer Strategy that is currently being developed.

Hospice advocates share their stories on Capitol Hill

ehospice USA

More than 280 Hospice Advocates representing 200 Congressional districts will converge on Capitol Hill to call on Congress to support the Care Planning Act of 2015.