World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 17 September 2015

Categories: In The Media.

A real death: what can you expect during a loved one’s final hours?

Australia – The Conversation

It’s hard to predict events in the final days and hours of a person’s life. Some deaths are wonderful – a gentle decline preceding a gracious demise. Unfortunately for every “good” death, there are many which are much more stormy and drawn out.

New program aims to train more end of life caregivers

US – Nevada Public Radio

One year into its medical fellowship program for end of life care, partners Nathan Adelson Hospice and Touro University are claiming success.

A better place to die: Africa or Scotland?

UK – Marie Curie blog

Professor Scott Murray, St. Columba’s Hospice, chair of primary palliative care at the University of Edinburgh and chair of the International Primary Palliative Care Network, highlights some contrasts between end of life care in Kenya and Scotland.

OSF puts emphasis on palliative care

US – Peoria Journal Star

Modern palliative care is no longer just a way to keep a dying patient comfortable. Recent studies have shown that providing palliative care for patients with severe illnesses can actually lengthen life.

Dr Samantha Pegg: Assisted dying debate will end up back in the courts

UK – Nottingham Post

Dr Samantha Pegg, senior lecturer in law at Nottingham Law School, looks at the legal background to assisted dying.

How government policy can help give people a ‘good death’

UK –

A series of reports and reviews have highlighted how the UK’s inconsistent and sometimes worryingly ad hoc approach to end of life care is currently failing.

Why can’t we die at home, as we wish?

US – Valley News

Often, the underlying disease, rather than the patient’s wishes, dictates their place of death. Patients with cancer, for example, die at home more often than those with heart disease.

Solace at the end of life

EAPC blog

Shelley Lamprell-Josephs, a counselling therapist and director of Solace of Souls Care and Training in Hunstanton, explains the background to her undergraduate thesis that is published in the September/October issue of the European Journal of Palliative Care.

Hospice care: separating fact from fiction

ehospice USA

Hospice and palliative care professionals often find there are common misconceptions among the public about what hospice care really is. Here are some common myths and facts to help clarify.

Writing a practical guide to end of life care

ehospice UK

Next month sees the publication of a new practical guide for health and social care professionals on providing end of life care. The book was written by staff at Princess Alice Hospice and editor Clair Sadler, who is a senior lecturer at the hospice, writes for ehospice about the experience.

Book about African children living with HIV wins prestigious award

ehospice Africa

Set in Africa, ‘The Bravest Boy I Know’ has been awarded first prize in the Popular Medicine category of the British Medical Association (BMA) Book Awards.

The kettle is on for Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of the hospice movement

ehospice Ireland

Thousands of people across the country will today, Thursday 17th September, enjoy a #coffee4hospice as part of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning which aims to raise vital funds for hospice services across the country.

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