World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 16 March 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Final Journey: Hospice

Germany – Deutsche Welle

Film of Lazarus Hospice in Berlin.

End of life care alters medical student attitudes to practice

Australia – Health Canal

Earlier exposure to palliative care can enhance junior doctors’ professionalism, focus on and communication with all patients, and other important aspects of care, according to a study from the University of Adelaide.

Two UN agencies combine expertise in new partnership to reach zero Ebola cases

UN News Centre

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced they are combining their expertise in public health and logistics in a new partnership to bring the Ebola outbreak down to zero in West Africa.

UN policy-making body opens annual session in Vienna; looks to tackle range of issues on narcotic drugs

UN News Centre

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs began meeting today in Vienna, where the policy-making body will tackle challenges ranging from protecting children from the sale of new psychoactive substances online to confronting financial flows linked to drug trafficking, as well as planning for a General Assembly special session on the World Drug Problem in 2016.

Health-care workers as agents of sustainable development

The Lancet

The Millennium Development Goal movement consolidated a critical mass of roles that a health-care worker could play in improving health outcomes, but also in promoting human rights, accountability, innovations, political commitment, and multistakeholder partnership.

The trouble with advance directives

The New York Times

Ever since Congress passed the Patient Self-Determination Act in 1990, health professionals and consumer advocates have urged Americans, especially older adults, to draw up advance directives and distribute them to families and doctors.

University of Windsor lands $700,000 for international student exchanges

UK – The Windsor Star

University of Windsor students will be travelling to study topics including palliative care at other universities in England and India, thanks to $700,000 in recently announced scholarships.

Palliative sedation for terminally ill cancer patients in a tertiary cancer center in Shanghai, China

China – BMC Palliative Care

Open access journal article describing the characteristics of patients who suffered from cancer and who had been sedated until their death in Shanghai, China.

Efforts to instil empathy among doctors is paying dividends

US – Kaiser Health News

Developed by medical faculty at Duke, the University of Pittsburgh and several other medical schools, ‘Oncotalk’ is part of a burgeoning effort to teach doctors an essential but often overlooked skill: clinical empathy.

First of its kind project will advance neonatal palliative care in London

ehospice international children’s edition

A ‘first of its kind’ project to provide strategic, inspirational and professional nursing leadership in the delivery of neonatal palliative care services in the greater London area over the next 5 years is to be led by Alexandra Mancini.

Nino the dinosaur helps adults and children engage on death and grief

ehospice South Africa

Nino’s Mourning Toolkit is a new, adaptable and creative product that provides multiple platforms to help adults and children engage around the challenging subject of grief through story.

TB success story: A positive attitude

ehospice South Africa

In April 2014 a 44 year old a woman by the name of Naomi* was referred to LadyBrand Hospice. Her partner had deserted her a while back – leaving her and 2 children. The older of the 2 children was studying in Bloemfontein and the youngest was a grade 10 student.

Staff, volunteers at Togus Hospice Unit made every day a great day for Ezra Smith

ehospice USA

George Smith writes about his father’s experience with hospice, “I can’t imagine working in a place where you care for and come to love your patients, and they all die.”

Not a one-man show: Ndola, Zambia

ehospice Africa

A recent visit to Ndola Central Hospital highlights the importance of collaboration for successful palliative care delivery.

Health Select Committee’s new end of life care report a “stark wake up call for next government”

ehospice UK

In a new report, MPs have called on the government to address funding for the hospice sector, ensure round-the-clock access to specialist palliative care and make social care free at the end of life.