World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 14 October 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Video conferencing could increase shared decision-making in hospice care

US – Medical Xpress

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that shared decision-making, although beneficial, could be enhanced in hospice care.

Shop and share end of life thoughts

Singapore – Straits Times

Visitors to White Sands Shopping Centre, Star Vista and Bugis+ may have noticed chalkboards asking them to pen their thoughts, dreams and aspirations before they die.

A Kerala model to die in peace

India – The Hindu

An 80-country “quality of death” report from the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) terms Kerala as a beacon of hope amid the lamentably poor access to palliative care across India, and has a word of praise for the ‘Kerala model’ in end of life care.

The magic of Victoria: Palliative Stories – the EAPC’s blog series from the perspective of patients and family carers

EAPC blog

Today we hear from Sharon Thompson from Donegal, Ireland, who shares the story of her daughter, Victoria. Sharon is a member of ‘Our Children’s Voice’, a group of parents who hope to give children who have life-limiting conditions or high medical/physical needs a voice that will be heard.

‘We soothe souls.’ How end of life care can make a difference

UK – The Guardian

The UK has topped the 2015 rankings for end of life care. A nurse describes this special job.

NHS ‘backtracking’ on ward nurse numbers introduced after Mid Staffs

UK – The Guardian

NHS bosses have told hospitals they no longer have to ensure that one nurse is caring for no more than eight patients at a time, in order to help tackle a £2bn black hole that has left 80% of hospitals facing deficits of up to £100m each.

Positive progress post first paediatric palliative care meeting in Portugal

ehospice International Children’s

The first in a two-part report on the first Portuguese Meeting of Paediatric Palliative Care, held in Lisbon earlier this month, and the strategy for development of training and services in Portugal.

Much joy to be found on life’s bumpy road

ehospice Australia

A new film, Joseph’s Story, illustrates how palliative care has enabled seven-year-old Joseph Stewart and his family to live well, despite his life-threatening condition.

Australian grant winners focus on patients with secondary breast cancer

ehospice Australia

Australian women with a life-limiting breast cancer diagnosis will be better supported to understand and access palliative care, thanks to an international grant which will be used to develop a new toolkit.

Love in the air at Thigio Hospice

ehospice Kenya

“I want to marry you!’’ This is one statement that is quite familiar with almost everybody, whether young or old because it marks the beginning of something exciting, big and it usually is associated with the best moments in an individual’s life.

Request for help to support publication of book to help children through bereavement

ehospice UK

Helen Lawson and Sophia Lucop-Leech from Inspired Goodbyes – a bereavement cards and gifts company based in Stockport – are urging members of the public to support the publication of the children’s book through crowd funding. Helen tells us more about the project.

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