UK – Bristol-Myers Squibb
International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 to recognize the important contributions made by nurses to the health care profession. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has been a long-time champion of partners and programs that support nurses in the delivery of health care and in their advocacy for system-wide change that improves patient care.
US – Boston Globe
The inaugural meeting of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care brought together 58 organizations on Thursday to talk about improvements to end-of-life care.
Austria – BioMed Central
Sedation is used to an increasing extent in end-of-life care. Definitions and indications in this field are based on expert opinions and case series. Little is known about this practice at palliative care units in Austria.
US – The Mercury News
California’s controversial new law — the End of Life Option Act — raises both complex and practical questions. The language of the law, as well as experiences with Oregon’s similar Death With Dignity Act, provides some insight into how the law will work in the Golden State. Here are some questions and answers.
Scotland – The Scotsman
Terminally ill patients are being denied consistent standards of care despite attempts to improve treatment, new research has found.
US – Billings Gazette
Having been initially diagnosed with cancer at age 5 and having gone through cancer six times, I’ve experienced first-hand how the mental and physical side effects of treatment can take a toll on one’s quality of life.
UK – The Telegraph
There is a desperate need for the NHS to improve its quality of palliative care. Last week The Sunday Telegraph reported a warning made by a coalition of doctors and charities that dying patients are being abandoned at nights and weekends.
US – Townhall
The death of Prince, who apparently had a Percocet problem, and a 2016 presidential primary peppered with New England town halls that delved into increased heroin overdoses and prescription drug abuse have converged to create what CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta calls “a public health epidemic.”
India – The Times of India
After years of debate and legal battles, the Union government has come up with a draft bill on passive euthanasia that gives patients the right to “withhold or withdraw medical treatment to her or himself” and “allow nature to take its own course”.
Australia – WA today
Cases such as that of Perth six-year-old Oshin Kiszko, undergoing chemotherapy against his parents’ wishes, leave courts ‘scrambling in the dark’, a prominent West Australian barrister says.
End-of-life care is about more than assisted suicide, and it doesn’t mean giving up or ‘stopping the fight.’
Siobhán Fox reveals key learnings from the Palliative care in Neurology conference at Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London.
Kate Heaps, CEO at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, recently joined the Hospice UK advisory council as representative for London. We caught up with Kate to find out more about how she came to work in the hospice sector and why she was keen to join the advisory council.
In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives passed several bills this past week designed to curb the opioid abuse epidemic in the U.S.