World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 13 October 2015

Categories: In The Media.

A good life, and a good death

Costa Rican Times

Recently I heard a hospice chaplain, who has counseled many dying people, say that he’s seeing many more “bad deaths.” I used to think that most people came to terms with their lives when they knew the end was near. But that was naïve. Most people die as they’ve lived.

Moments of Life campaign shatters common misperceptions about hospice care

US – Huffington Post

Research conducted on behalf of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in 2012 has shown that a vast majority of those who have had an experience with hospice care providers have a very positive perception of hospice.

Is the UK really the best place in the world to die?

UK – The Conversation

The UK has been given first place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2015 Quality of Death Index, which ranks palliative care across the world. Yet based on experience, we know that many deaths in the UK have been poorly managed.

Atul Gawande on ‘callous’ medicine and end of life care

US – Minnesota Public Radio

Gawande’s most recent book is ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.’ He was in the Twin Cities recently for the Minneapolis Foundation’s Face Forward Futurist Conference and spoke with MPR News host Kerri Miller.

Back to the old schoolhouse − Students of different professions learn palliative care together

US – Pallimed

More and more academic centers are developing interprofessional education (IPE) programs to teach palliative care− and it makes good sense.

Stakeholders meet in Malawi to promote development of children’s palliative care

ehospice International Children’s

A successful stakeholders meeting was held in Malawi in September to announce a project to further develop children’s palliative care in that country through an ICPCN initiative.

Action needed to prevent unnecessary and costly hospital stays at the end of life

ehospice UK

A report published today by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), Hospice UK and Marie Curie has called on healthcare commissioners and service providers to do more to avoid unnecessary hospital stays at the end of life.

New medication list for GPs supporting people who wish to die at home

ehospice Australia

General practitioners (GPs) wishing to achieve optimum symptom control for terminally ill patients who choose to die at home can access a new medication list to assist their decision making.

Hidden Lives, Hidden Talents show stuns audience

ehospice South Africa

To raise awareness, amongst the youth, for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on 10 October, HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa), recently hosted a high school talent show.

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