World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 27 May 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Hospice use linked to fewer depressive symptoms for surviving spouses

US – Medical Xpress

Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms, compared to surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, according to a study published online today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

National Palliative Care Week: families urged to discuss end of life wishes

Australia – Illawarra Mercury

Palliative Care Week is a good time to start conversations about the type of care people would like, and whether they’d like to receive that at home or in hospital.

Human rights concern over A&E care

UK – Belfast Telegraph

Instances of inadequate provision of pain relief, food and fluids were highlighted in an investigation of A&E care by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

$16 million more to support Auckland’s hospices

New Zealand – Scoop

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an extra $16 million of funding is being pumped into hospices across greater Auckland over the next four years.

Patients ready to move into Salt Lake’s hospice for the homeless

US – KSL

Where do Salt Lake’s homeless go to die? Some spend their final days in a motel, a camp, or a shelter. Even worse, many lives end on the streets. Now, people who know life on the streets have come together to give the homeless a place to die with dignity.

Most kids are clueless about parents’ estate plans

US – CNBC

Parents are expert procrastinators when it comes to getting their estate-planning documents in order, and they’re even worse at communicating their wishes to those they’ll leave behind.

Judge Catherine McGuinness calls for national conversation on end of life in Ireland

ehospice Ireland

Retired Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness has called for a national conversation on death and dying in Ireland.

Hospice: A Place of Angels

ehospice South Africa

What do you think when you hear the word: ‘Hospice’? A common perception is that Hospice is a place to go to die. This was also my own perception until I was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer).

Key points from Ian Morrison’s key note address

ehospice USA

Healthcare futurist Dr. Ian Morrison delivered the opening keynote address at NHPCO’s leadership conference on April 30 and focused on key issues for the American healthcare system.