World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 22 April 2016

Categories: In The Media.

When older adults enroll in hospice, symptoms improve

US – GeriPal

Hospice has taken some tough blows in the last few years. Funding cuts, a reporter at the Washington Post seemingly on a mission to discredit hospice (Washington Post has recently balanced this with some nice reporting, such as this story by Brigham primary care resident Ravi Parikh).

Perceptions of palliative care among patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers

Canada – CMAJ

Background: Early palliative care is increasingly recommended but seldom practised. We sought to examine perceptions of palliative care among patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers.

ZUMI, the palliative Pig

US – intima

“Did you bring the pig?” Jill smiled and gently whispered. I arrived for my hospice home visit, worried what state of distress I would find Jill, my patient or her family…they asked that I come urgently.

Iran: Imprisoned Physicist’s Cancer Care in Jeopardy

 Iran – Human Rights Watch

Iranian authorities should immediately ensure that Omid Kokabee, an Iranian physicist imprisoned on national security charges, has access to adequate medical care for his life-threatening cancer. Kokabee was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012, and the sentence was confirmed even after the Supreme Court ruled that the charges were “mistaken.”

Around 90,000 new patients turn up for cancer treatment every year in Bihar: Dr. Jitendra Kumar Singh

India – ETHealthworld.com

Dr Jitendra Kumar Singh, Vice President, IMA, India, talks to ETHealthworld about the cancer scenario and ways to create better treatment facility in Bihar.

Dying in Irish hospitals

ehospice Ireland

Over 200 health professionals are expected to attend a conference on palliative and end of life care in Limerick next week.

The dawn of mentorship

ehospice Kenya

Thika level 5 Hospital has an established Palliative Care Unit and have identified Gatundu and Kiambu County Referral Hospital as their mentorship sites with the goal of assisting them set up Palliative Care services.

Collaboration and commitment honoured at the Hospice UK Retail Awards

ehospice UK

Earlier this week, at Hospice UK’s annual retail conference, awards were presented to Sue Bekhet, dedicated area retail manager at Nottinghamshire Hospice, and an innovative partnership between Jospice’s retail arm and an independent white goods company.