World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 2 March 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Movie star makes home visit to back Julia’s House children’s charity

UK – Gazette & Herald

Movie star Rupert Everett, who has close ties with Enford, near Pewsey, has become a patron of Julia’s House children’s hospice after appearing in a film about the charity.

My mum’s death showed how end of life care should be

UK – The Stoke Sentinel

Her final months of decline gave me a first-hand glimpse into services which over the past few decades I have only mainly managed to view from afar and as they have been used by others.

End-of-Life Planning Bill Called ‘Must Do’ Legislation

US – MedScape

A bill that would earmark funds to create a clear structure for end-of-life care, including the creation of metrics to measure the effectiveness of such care, is urgently needed – especially since Medicare is now paying physicians for time spent in discussions with patients about end-of-life care.

Plymouth council pays out for more ‘pauper’ burials as funerals costs rising faster than house prices

UK – Plymouth Herald

More than 100 people in Plymouth have been buried in what has been traditionally dubbed ‘paupers’ graves’ as families find it harder to pay funeral costs.

Students learn healing art of chaplaincy

US – Roanoke Times

Lisa Vineyard, a chaplain at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, visits Amanda Darby in the oncology unit. “Sometimes we cry together. Sometimes we laugh together, and sometimes we just talk about ordinary day stuff,” Vineyard said.

Quality of Care Will Be a “Sweet Spot” for JAMA Cardiology Says New Editor-in-Chief

US – Journal of the American Medical Association

In a recent interview, Bonow discussed his new editorial endeavor and what the future holds for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Study Raises Questions about Protocols for End-of-life Care

US – MD News

Despite efforts to enhance palliative care, recent evidence suggests that pain and other symptoms are still major issues during the last year of many patients’ lives.

Sue Ryder gets Londoners hugging, laughing and talking about bereavement

ehospice UK

On Wednesday 24 February, Sue Ryder hosted a ‘connecting thread’ event in London Victoria station. The aim was to show that, through simple acts of kindness, you can help someone get through a difficult experience – whether a minor inconvenience such as a train delay or the life-changing loss of a loved one.