Journal of the American Medical Association
20 years after SUPPORT, little has changed for seriously ill patients, who continue to receive poor quality, high-cost care without being informed of likely treatment outcomes so that they would be able to make decisions that reflect their values.
UK – The Conversation
Recognition of carers and their vital role in society has never been greater. However, despite being the subject of a series of policy initiatives over the past 30 years – the Care Act 2014 being the latest – carers continue to be profoundly disadvantaged.
Australia – ABC
Being able to die at home, in familiar surroundings and in the presence of family is by some accounts how around 80 per cent of Australians would choose to end their days, but it’s believed only 20 per cent of people are achieving that.
UK – The Guardian
Thousands of older people are ending up in hospital every year with potentially life-threatening infections because GPs and other community-based NHS services do too little to keep them well, a report from Age UK has warned.
US – The Guardian
The argument over legalising assisted suicide has nothing to do with religious dogma – it’s about whether a law will protect the weakest in society, and now we can find out.
US – Huffington Post
According to the hierarchy made famous by psychologist Abraham Maslow, humans’ most fundamental needs include air, food, drink, warmth, sleep and sex. That doesn’t change during terminal illnesses, but speaking to a dying loved one about their need for physical intimacy has become a cultural taboo.
US – Detroit Free Press
The Holding Hands Forever program is available free to anyone who is served by Great Lakes Caring, which has more than 300 hospice programs throughout the state, as well as assisted-living facilities and in-home care services.
ehospice International Children’s
Beatrice Mang’anda; Team Leader for Umodzi Children’s Palliative Care Unit in Malawi writes about the successful training of health care providers working at the community level in the basics of children’s palliative care.
The Irish Hospice Foundation is holding a public meeting in Mullingar Park Hotel on Wednesday, October 21st at 7.30pm to make the case for urgent investment in palliative care services in Laois, Offally, Westmeath and Longford.
Recent Queensland research has provided new evidence that music therapy can significantly reduce perceptions of pain in children with life-limiting conditions.