World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 24 April 2015

Categories: In The Media.

New guidance emphasises need for training in ‘care after death’

UK – Nursing Times

Updated guidance has been published for the wide range of health professionals who care for people just before and after death.

Palliative care patients use tablets to video-conference appointments

Canada – CBC

A pilot project in Thunder Bay that loans computer tablets to palliative care patients so they can keep in touch with caregivers from home is being expanded throughout the province.

New palliative care service in Lisie Hospital, Kochi

Pallium India

A palliative care service with home visits, outpatient and inpatient facilities has been started in Lisie Hospital in Kochi, Kerala.

More palliative care services needed in Manitoba, some help on way

Canada – CBC

As the deadline for legislating assisted suicide approaches, health care experts in Manitoba are boosting services and the profile of palliative care.

Prescriptions for strong opioids up 10% in one year

UK – Pulse

GPs gave out 10% more prescriptions for strong opioids last year compared with the year before, an analysis of prescribing trends in general practice has revealed.

Confusion surrounds issue of end of life care: survey

Canada – The Star Phoenix

A third of Quebec doctors and nurses believe legalized euthanasia would give them the right to end the life of an incompetent patient at a relative’s request, according to a new survey that finds confusion over what is legal in end of life practices.

Advancing palliative care provision through training

ehospice Kenya

Palliative care knowledge is for those of us who have relatives and loved ones with life threatening illnesses, true? No. Palliative care is everyone’s business.

“Transactional” federal budget falls short of real strategic action for seniors

ehospice Canada

The 2015 federal budget released today includes some positive measures in terms of health, but not the strategic planning and vision that will be required to meet the needs of Canada’s ageing population, according to the Canadian Medical Association.

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