World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 27 February 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Not-so-good news on the opioid access front in India

Pallium India

When the Indian Parliament passed the Narcotics Amendment Act in February 2014, many of our friends and well-wishers abroad expected immediate results. A year later, there has been no change.

Unlikelihood of cure did not reduce chemo use at end of life

US – Cancer Network

Patients with metastatic lung and colorectal cancer who understood that chemotherapy would not cure them of their cancer were no less likely to receive chemotherapy at the end of life than patients who did not understand that fact, results of a recent study show. However, these patients were more likely to enroll in hospice treatment.

Emergency doctors and paramedics commonly misinterpret documents for end of life care choices, study finds

US – Science Daily

Emergency care providers vary in their understanding of a type of medical order intended to communicate seriously ill patients’ choices for life-sustaining treatments, according to a pair of studies in the March Journal of Patient Safety.

Terminal cancer care should do more to treat depression

Norway – Reuters

Depression could be clouding the last 24 hours of life for a significant number of people with advanced cancer, pointing to a need for better – and earlier – psychological help, according to a large study from Norway.

Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis tells president: Let me die

Chile – Reuters

A 14-year old Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis has asked to be allowed to die in a film she made pleading with President Michelle Bachelet to authorize her euthanasia.

Lagoa Council supports first anniversary of local cancer and palliative care association

The Portugal News

This Friday the Lagoa-based cancer and palliative community care association SOS Oncológico celebrates its first anniversary and, with the support of the local council, will be holding a series of events in and around Lagoa.

Book Talk – Rachel Joyce’s inspiring story set in a hospice

UK – Reuters

British novelist Rachel Joyce’s new novel “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” is a curiously inspiring story set in a hospice.

Ketamine control plan condemned as potential disaster for world’s rural poor

The Guardian

Repeated Chinese attempts to tighten controls on drug described as ‘David and Goliath struggle’ between poor and rich countries.

“Blueprint” published on how greater choice at end of life can be achieved

ehospice UK

A report published today calls for a new ‘national choice offer in end of life care’ to be established by 2020, backed up by an additional £130 million for health and social care services.

National Healthcare Decisions Day Is April 16

ehospice USA

National Healthcare Decisions Day, a national day of outreach and education focused on advance care planning is only seven weeks away and hospice and palliative care providers are encouraged to participate.

Seven considerations for live music in hospice settings

ehospice Canada

If you work in hospice or palliative care settings, you may have received generous offers from musicians to volunteer their time playing music for residents or patients.

Experts meet in Lusaka to share knowledge on Cancer Control and Care

ehospice Kenya

Cancer experts from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda met in Lusaka to share knowledge and exchange ideas at the Taking a Regional Approach Workshop.

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