World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 21 April 2015

Categories: Care.

Babies feel pain “like adults

UK – University of Oxford

The brains of babies ‘light up’ in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering Oxford University brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults.

Dutch doctors withhold/withdraw treatment in many elderly patients

The Netherlands – Medical Xpress

Dutch doctors withhold/withdraw treatment in a substantial proportion of elderly patients, reveals research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Hospice program provides compassionate end of life care in a challenging environment

US – Oncology Nurse Advisor

The Louisiana State Penitentiary Prison Hospice Program houses more than 5,000 male prisoners in various degrees of incarceration from minimum to super-maximum custody.

Ireland has ‘fastest rising need’ for palliative care in Europe

The Irish Times

Ireland has the fastest rising need for palliative care in Europe due to its rapidly ageing population, a new study suggests.

A fair deal for end of life care

The Irish Times

The problem with the Fair Deal scheme is that it is underfunded and a waiting list has built up.

Federal budget to boost EI compassionate care leave

Canada – The Star

Tuesday’s budget will extend the period Canadians can draw on Employment Insurance (EI) to care for ailing loved ones.

Medicare considers changing hospice care policy

USA Today

Medicare officials are considering changes in the hospice benefit to stop the federal government from paying twice for care given to dying patients.

Lawyer fears delays in right to die case

Radio New Zealand

The lawyer for a woman fighting for the right to die with her doctor’s help fears allowing other parties to become involved will turn the case into a euthanasia debate.

‘Give me right to die’

South Africa – Times Live

The Pretoria High Court is likely to hear a case next week that will determine if doctors can assist their patients to die if they are terminally ill.

Trinity Hospice leads on new project to better coordinate end of life care in Wandsworth

ehospice UK

Four organisations are working together in Wandsworth to better coordinate care for people with a progressive, life-limiting illness, help reduce inappropriate hospital admissions and enable more people to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice.

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