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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Horizon West, a new children’s hospice in Fermanagh, was officially opened by the Duke of Kent on Monday.
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.
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.
Consortia of home health and hospice associations team up with CMS Ombudsman to ease ICD-10 transition.