World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 19 February 2015

Categories: In The Media.

From specialty to shortage

US – Harvard Magazine

“Our main procedure in palliative care is difficult communication,” says professor of psychiatry and medicine, Susan Block.

Most palliative physicians want no role in assisted death

Canada – CMAJ

Dying Canadians should not assume palliative care doctors will assist them if they choose to end their lives, because the majority of those currently practising don’t want that role, says the president of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

Videos help seriously ill patients outline their end of life wishes

US – Medical XPress

Most seriously ill elderly people who view video material about the pros and cons of available resuscitation and assistive procedures decide they would rather not receive such treatment when the time comes.

Never too early to consider end of life wishes

US – Medical XPress

Dr Susan Levine, medical director of UConn Health’s general medicine practice, says it’s never too early to plan for end of life decisions in the event you become unable to speak for yourself.

6 new fast facts now available through the CAPC website

Center to Advance Palliative Care

CAPC is now hosting Fast Facts and Concepts – easily accessible and clinically relevant monographs on important palliative care topics. Six new Fast Facts covering a wide variety of relevant topics have been added to and can be viewed immediately by clicking here.

Palliative care association restructures to meet demand

US – Hospitals and Health Networks

Driven by increased demand from hospitals and other providers for assistance in providing end of life care under the tenets of the Affordable Care Act, the Center to Advance Palliative Care restructured to become a member-funded organization, no longer relying just on grants and donations.

Renewing commitment to nation’s Veterans facing serious illness

ehospice USA

The US Department of Veterans Affairs and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization continue their shared commitment for the landmark “We Honor Veterans” program.

Delivering affordable cancer care is discussed at the Doha world innovation summit for health 2015

ehospice Africa

At the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH 2015) held 17-18 February, delivering affordable cancer care as a value challenge to health systems has been one of the key highlights of day two. The summary of the report which is now available has been presented by Professor Robert JS Thomas. The report points out the root causes of excess spending and proposed action plan.

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