World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 18 November 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Trump takes office at a pivotal moment for foreign aid

US – NPR

Donald Trump will take office at a pivotal time for the world’s neediest. The world’s wealthy countries have, since 2000, been part of a historic partnership with poor countries to eliminate poverty and roll back diseases.

Most hospice care being given in community settings

UK – Nursing Times

Around 80% of hospice care for adults is provided in a range of community settings, with less than a fifth delivered in hospice inpatient units, according to new data analysis.

Don’t sidestep end-of-life issues with clients

US – Financial Planning

It’s uncomfortable to think about. Certainly, no one wants to talk about it. And even reading about the topic brings up morbid thoughts. Yet too many clients and their (financial) advisers don’t discuss end-of-life issues.

Integrated care is key for dementia patients

UK – The Guardian

Patients with advancing dementia experience significant psychiatric and medical comorbidities, which can pose difficult management issues for relatives and attending physicians.

Burden of Cancer Pain Worse in Some Countries

US – Medscape

David Kerr, professor of cancer medicine at the University of Oxford, talks about one of the recent articles published in the Journal of Global Oncology. It comes from a distinguished Indian group that performed a 6-month observational study trying to assess the burden of cancer pain in the patients coming to their cancer centre in Punjab, India.

President Trump

The Lancet

The room was full to overflowing. This hastily arranged session, held at the European Public Health Conference in Vienna last week, was branded a “late breaker”, and entitled “The results of the US presidential elections and public health in Europe and in the world.”

The black box warning on philanthrocapitalism

The Lancet

On Sept 21, 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced plans to invest US$3 billion in a mission to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases” by 2100, part of an earlier promise to donate 99% of their stock in Facebook, a company Zuckerberg founded.

Open letter from health professionals against immigration detention

The Lancet

As nurses, doctors, psychologists, midwives, and other health professionals, we are writing to make clear the unacceptable health risks of detention of asylum seekers and refugees, and to call for an end to policies that require detention of asylum seekers and refugees.

Canadians call for Palliative Care to be enshrined in Health Act

ehospice Canada

After hearing from more than 1,500 Canadians in a national survey and meeting with experts for three days in Ottawa, a citizens’ lay panel has delivered a Consensus Statement, calling for palliative care to be enshrined in the Canada Health Act, woven into the health care system and guaranteed for all Canadians.

Hospice UK Conference 2016: Day One Round-up

ehospice UK

The “seven ages of hospice care” and the intriguing relationship between dying, death and modern architecture were among the topics explored during the first day of Hospice UK’s conference 2016.

CMS memo on Part D

ehospice USA

On November 15, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new communication and analysis on the interface of Part D and hospice.