World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 16 July 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Doctors and nurses need to be better trained in palliative care

Canada/US – KevinMD

Doctors and nurses said patients and their families created the largest obstacles to end of life decision making in the ICU, in a large survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Caring for the dying has taught me the dangers of assisted suicide

UK – Huffington Post

Baroness Ilora Finlay, Co-Chair of Living and Dying Well and Chair Elect of National Council for Palliative Care, explains her fears about assisted suicide.

UNC to open new hospice house in Chatham Park

US – Triangle Business Journal

UNC Health Care broke ground Tuesday on a new hospice house in Chatham County. It will become the second building in the massive Chatham Park project and the first inpatient hospice facility in the county.

RNs can help promote geropalliative care

US –

Not every patient who qualifies for palliative care takes advantage of the benefits it can bring, and champions of palliative care are trying to change that. Nurses are key to a successful palliative care program because they are the frontline providers for patients in need of comfort care.

University of Canberra leads the way on rural facilities development

ehospice Australia

The University of Canberra  is the lead agency in a $17 million project to build new clinical training facilities and student accommodation in regional southeast New South Wales.

Three Wishes program offers compassion to the dying and their families

ehospice Canada

The Three Wishes Project at St. Joseph’s Healthcare offers patients and families in the Intensive Care Unit closure and dignity, by granting deathbed requests ranging from saying farewell to a pet to renewing wedding vows, watching sports TV 24/7, and being reunited with family members.

Proposed legislation calls for hospice payment reform testing

ehospice USA

The Hospice Care Access Improvement Act of 2015, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, calls for testing of payment reform and supports hospice integrity.

Hospices must speak out now about their views on assisted suicide

ehospice UK

In this editorial, Lucy Nickson, chief executive of Ashgate Hopsicecare, explains why she is calling on hospice leaders across the country to take part in the debate around legalising assisted suicide.

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