World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 15 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative care services slashed in south east

Australia – ABC

The Palliative Care Council of SA says terminally ill patients in the south east deserve better following Country Health SA’s announcement they will cut palliative care positions in the region.

State meet of palliative nurses’ forum begins

India – The Hindu

The second State conference of Kerala Panchayat Palliative Nurses’ Association began with M. Rajan, the patron of the association, hoisting the flag in Kozhikode on Friday.

Quality-of-life care may help cancer patients live longer, feel better

US – Los Angeles Times

There are 14 million cancer survivors in the US and as treatments improve and more people are diagnosed at earlier stages, cancer survivors are living longer, prompting a paradigm shift from merely living to living well.

Identifying palliative and end of life care research priorities in the UK

EAPC blog

Dr Sabine Best, Head of Research at Marie Curie, explains the background to a longer article published in the May/June edition of the European Journal of Palliative Care.

Waterloo-Wellington LHIN struggles to get patients to where they want to die

Canada – Cambridge Times

People continue to die while waiting for support or beds in residential hospice and palliative care to open up.

Fighting for control of hospice dollars in Tri-Counties

Pacific Coast Business Times

Some hospices are profiting by targeting patients with diseases like Alzheimer’s, who live longer, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine. As for-profit hospices’ profit margins grow, so has their popularity with investors.

Only two or three years to live. What to do, right now?

ehospice Canada

On Sept. 19, 2013, after a needle probed her wonky muscles, Carol Skinner was given the test results straight away: Her life was ending, soonish and cruelly.

Supporting men with a terminal illnesses through gardening

ehospice UK

As part of Men’s Health Week, we look at how one hospice set up a support group especially for men with a terminal illnesses.

Doctors shown to have impact on end of life choices for patients

ehospice USA

In a study published in the current edition of “Health Affairs,” researchers report that patients were 27 percent more likely to enrol in hospice care if their doctor was in the top 10 percent of doctors using hospice care compared to patients whose doctors were in the bottom 10 percent.