World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 17 December 2015

Categories: In The Media.

2015 is the year America started having a sane conversation about death

US – Vox

We’ve started to have a more sane conversation about death, something that just this spring seemed near impossible. That has allowed for significant policy changes that will, starting in 2016, begin to revamp the way Americans plan for the inevitable.

PEI paramedics offer palliative care in people’s homes

Canada – CBC News

A new program begins this week on PEI that allows paramedics to provide palliative care to patients with pain and symptom management at home after hours.

Boost research and funding to stop seriously ill children suffering needlessly, urge experts at Great Ormond Street

UK – Evening Standard

A dedicated team at the hospital are making huge strides in palliative care. But they need more cash to continue their vital work, Anna Davis reports.

Every pediatric hospital should offer a palliative care program

US – Huffington Post

When I tell people that I study palliative care for children, I usually hear something like, “You mean taking care of children who die?” It is hard for most people to fathom palliative care for children, writes Kelly Michelson.

A parting lesson from my parents

US – Boston Globe

We often try to keep our personal and professional lives separate, but sometimes they collide unexpectedly. That happened to me over the complex and delicate issue of end of life care, where our health system still struggles to honor patient choices and values, writes Andrew Dreyfus.

14 bed hospice in Mayo gets the green light

ehospice Ireland

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation has been granted planning permission to build a dedicated 14-bed specialist in patient palliative care facility/hospice unit, by Mayo County Council.

Calls for palliative care be prioritised as part of new Global Goals

ehospice Ireland

A new international report entitled ‘Palliative care and the Global Goal for Health’ is calling on global civil society, governments and UN agencies to insist that palliative care be prioritised as part of the new Global Goals.

Hospice policy: A year in review

ehospice USA

Karen Davis, the manager for health policy analysis at the Hospice Action Network, offers a summary of policy activity from 2015 that is relevant to the hospice and palliative care community.

Extra funding for Musgrove Park Hospital volunteers who support dying patients

ehospice UK

The Marie Curie companions service at Musgrove Park Hospital has secured extra funding to support dying patients and their families throughout the hospital until April 2017.