US – Medical Xpress
Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that shared decision-making, although beneficial, could be enhanced in hospice care.
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.
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.
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.
UK – The Guardian
The UK has topped the 2015 rankings for end of life care. A nurse describes this special job.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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.