World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 14 August 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Terminally ill need not die in hospital, says study

Irish Times

The number of people dying in hospital could be substantially reduced through the provision of more hospices or specialist care at home, according to a new report.

Hospitals act like ‘conveyor belts’ for dying patients

UK – Daily Telegraph

Care watchdog announces major review into why patients are suffering from condidtions like dementia and heart disease are recieving poor standards of care.

Palliative care is improving, but PEI must embrace wishes of the dying

Canada – Globe and Mail

More than 17% of Prince Edward Island’s 140,000 people are over 65, compared to just over 15% for the country as a whole. Those figures in a largely rural population are a challenge for Mireille Lecours, palliative care medical consultant for the province.

Researchers produce opioid pain killer from genetically modified yeast with opium poppy genes

US – The Conversation

Researchers at Stanford have cleverly used genetically modified baker’s yeast to convert sugar into an opioid called hydrocodone. In a study published in Science, a second strain also produced thebaine, a precursor to other opioids.

Saskatoon hospice care aims to help those live until they die at home

Canada – Global News

After its next training session the “hospice without walls” will have 100 volunteers. Individuals that will help support those in the final stages of their illness in the comfort of their own homes.

Researching children’s pain treatment in Uganda

ehospice International Children’s

The experience of a young undergraduate student from the The Pennsylvania State University who got to travel to Uganda to conduct research related to children’s palliative care and the use of the WHO Two-step Pain Ladder.

Pharmacists at KNH begin the journey towards learning about the importance of pain management

ehospice Kenya

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) has been working with the Ministry of Health to have palliative care services integrated in the health systems.

Report shows progress made in the year since ‘One chance to get it right’

ehospice UK

A report published today shows that there has been progress made in many areas since the June 2014 publication of ‘One chance to get it right’, a document intended to shape end of life care following the phasing out of the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Palliative care – an easy career choice

ehospice Australia

“Choosing palliative care as a career path was one of the easiest decisions in my life,” according to Professor David Currow.

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