World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 15 October 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Patients need empowerment in palliative care, conference hears

Irish Times

People who need palliative care need to be empowered to drive some of the decision-making around their treatment, a major conference in Dublin heard.

Offer coverage for end of life care: experts

Singapore – Straits Times

With demand for palliative care expected to double in the next five years, experts have called for the authorities to make it more affordable by having it covered by insurance.

Arizona hospitals do well on palliative care report card, could do better

US – Cronkite News

One in three Arizona hospitals did not offer palliative care in 2013, but that was still good enough to earn the state a B on a national report card on the relatively new specialty practice.

£1.2bn bid to privatise cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire rejected

UK – Express & Star

A £1.2 billion move to privatise cancer and end of life services in Staffordshire has been overwhelmingly opposed by a district council.

Care of dying patients should be as good as that for newborns, says new charity

UK – Herald Scotland

Palliative care for dying patients should be as good as that on offer to new mothers and their babies at the start of life, according to PATCH, a new charity which is calling for hospitals to match the standards offered in hospices.

Penn bioethicist calls on researchers for more evidence-based end of life care programs

US – Medical Xpress

Although the public and private sectors are currently engaged in an unprecedented array of efforts to improve end of life care, too many of these programs are not evidence-based, according to a scholar from the University of Pennsylvania.

New children’s hospice opens in Northern Ireland

ehospice UK

Horizon West, a new children’s hospice in Fermanagh, was officially opened by the Duke of Kent on Monday.

Investigating the use of digital legacies with people diagnosed with MND and children in their family

ehospice UK

Olly Clabburn is a PhD student at Edge Hill University and has a specific research interest in young people who help care for family members with MND, and also those that are bereaved due to the disease. He writes for ehospice about his current research project and how you can get involved.

HPCA Conference 2015: Interview with Dr Emmanuel Luyirika

ehospice South Africa

During the conference we had the chance of meeting up and having a good chat with Dr Emmanuel Luyirika who is the Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association – which brings together all the palliative care players on the African continent.

CMS announces home health and hospice ICD-10 transition workgroup

ehospice USA

Consortia of home health and hospice associations team up with CMS Ombudsman to ease ICD-10 transition.

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