World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 15 April 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger: Getting the right care near the end of life

US – Daily Hampshire Gadzette

We live in changing times in medicine. After decades of achieving longer life we are awakening to the need for the human side of care again. Medicine is complex and its aggressive treatments require intense commitment and energy. 

Expanding Limits of Palliative Care

India – The New Indian Express

The newly reconstituted Palliative Care Management Committee (PMC) plans to reach out to more patients who need medical care at home.

Why to Talk About Death at Dinner

US – eNews Park Forest

Death is not a topic people usually bring up at the dinner table, but it should be, says medical anthropologist and bioethicist Craig Klugman. Talking about death, and one’s wishes for end-of-life care, can help families make better, more informed decisions.

Government introduces legislation to provide medical assistance in dying

Canada – Government of Canada

The federal government recognizes that, for all Canadians, medical assistance in dying is a difficult and deeply personal issue. It is important to defend people’s choices and freedoms in a way that protects the most vulnerable, and also supports the personal convictions of health care providers.

Cancer Cell Repair Mechanism May Lead to New Treatments

 US – Specialty Pharmacy Times

The ability of cancer cells to pass through tight areas and even repair itself when the cell’s outer lining is ruptured, offers hope for the development of diagnostic solutions and treatment for cancer patients.

Death, be gentle

India – The Telegraph

Amal Sarkar thought it was a throat infection. No, there was no fever, but the 63-year-old had trouble swallowing. A fortnight later, when the problem persisted, he consulted a doctor.

Canadian government introduces legislation to provide medical assistance in dying

ehospice Canada

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, together with the Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, announced that proposed legislation has been introduced that would give dying patients, who are suffering intolerably from a serious medical condition, the choice of a medically-assisted death.

A practical guide to preparing to die

ehospice South Africa

Do you want to die in hospital full of tubes, or peacefully at home with loved ones? Now is the time to make proper arrangements, warns Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA (HPCA).

Grants to support hospices develop a rehabilitative approach to palliative care

ehospice UK

Hospice UK has announced that the focus of the St. James’s Place Foundation grant programme this year is rehabilitative palliative care, with grants of up to £40,000 available to hospices in the UK.

Rural Access to Hospice Act

ehospice USA

On April 13, 2016, Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined together to introduce S. 2786, the Rural Access to Hospice Act (RAH).