World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 22 February 2016

Categories: In The Media.

How much time have I got, doc? The problems with predicting survival at end of life

UK – The Conversation

Predicting how long a patient will survive is critically important for them and their families to guide future planning, yet notoriously difficult for doctors to predict accurately.

School of Seven Bells’ Alejandra Deheza: ‘Ben feels part of everything now’

UK – The Guardian

With the release of SVIIB, the American duo’s final album, Alejandra Deheza explains the importance of completing the record following the death of her bandmate and soulmate, Benjamin Curtis.

The dos and don’ts of end-of-life planning

US – CBC News

A letter of wishes can be insufficient if no decision maker is legally appointed.

Medicare costs rise as hospice stays lengthen, WSJ report finds

US – McKnights

Increasingly long hospice stays have nearly doubled the amount Medicare is spending on patients in recent years, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

Watch Host Vikram Gandhi Debrief Our VICE on HBO Episode ‘Right to Die’


VICE’s Vikram Gandhi travels to the Netherlands, Oregon and California to explore the moral, political and personal questions about when and how we end our lives.

Should We Put an End to End-Stage Chemotherapy?

US – Clinical Oncology News

“It is critical that we start to ask, ‘if this [treatment] isn’t going to benefit quality or quantity of life, then why are we doing it?’”

Love, served on banana leaves

Pallium India Newsletter

Ms Grace Taylor, a final year medical student from Harvard, Boston, USA, has been volunteering in Pallium India for the last six months. What a lot she has done!

Palliative care for people with intellectual disabilities: The EAPC White Paper in a nutshell


Irene Tuffrey-Wijne is Associate Professor, Kingston University & St George’s University of London, and Chair of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Task Force on Intellectual Disabilities. Here, she explains the background to her longer article published in the January/February 2016 issue of the European Journal of Palliative Care.

Carers Canada

ehospice Canada

A carer (also referred to as caregiver or family caregiver) is a person who takes on an unpaid caring role for someone who needs help because of a physical or cognitive condition, an injury or a chronic life-limiting illness.

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