World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 19 February 2016

Categories: In The Media.

How to Build Your Own Support Community As an End-of-Life Worker

US – Huffington Post

Most of us who are interested in death and dying or work in that field in some capacity have struggled at times with loneliness and social isolation.

Multiple Care Transitions Identified in End-of-Life Care for Hospice Patients

US – Yale School of Public Health

Although hospice is embraced for the quality care for people nearing the end of life, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds that many patients experience multiple transitions (being moved from one facility to another), disrupting their routines and placing them at heightened risk for medical errors.

New end of life care form could leave clinicians ‘confused’

UK – Nursing Times

A replacement for do not attempt resuscitation orders looks set to be rolled out in the NHS, despite concerns it could add to confusion among clinicians and lead to fewer conversations with dying patients or their families.

Author Dr Atul Gawande urges doctors, families to start end-of-life conversations

US – The Charlotte Observer

Having once thought that hospice “hastens death,” Gawande discovered it can actually extend life and help improve what remains.

How has nursing changed since you qualified?

UK – Nursing Times

Marie Curie’s Director of Nursing, Dee Sissons, looks back at the changes she’s witnessed since qualifying particularly within end-of-life care

Strictly Inverness: Steven will never forget 80s trunk call

UK – Highland News

Inverness man Steven Geegan will never forget the day Maureen the elephant came to visit his beloved grandmother in a ward at Highland Hospice.

How Do You Tell Someone That They Are Dying?

US – Huffington Post

As close as Joanna was to her mother, she was unable to talk to her about her condition. She felt she needed to protect her mother and herself from an emotional breakdown.

How one woman is helping ease the pain of dying patients in Uganda

Uganda – Mashable

One in 500 Ugandans have cancer but the country is severely lacking in specialists and resources to help them, with 80% dying because of late diagnosis, according to Uganda’s Cancer Institute.

When I found father’s resting place, I could only say sorry

Malaysia – Khaleej Times

All I had with me was his last postal address and a death certificate issued from Kota Marudu, a remote area in Kota Belud, Sabah, East Malaysia.

JPM special issue on EOL care and African Americans

ehospice USA

The peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Palliative Medicine, has released a special edition focused on end-of-life care in the African American community.

Our dearest darling, Kate

ehospice international children’s edition

The Independent Journal recently published a touching article about a video of a mother reading an intimate letter to her daughter, who recently passed away from leukaemia.

One-page end of life profiles: how do they fit into the advance care planning evidence?

ehospice UK

Hospice UK is hosting a tweetchat on Wednesday 2 March 2016, 8 to 9pm GMT, on person-centered advance care planning using one-page profiles and fink cards.

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