World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 27 May 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative care medicine can improve the quality of a patient’s life

US – Pocono Record

Q: I was visiting a friend in the hospital, and he mentioned to me that he was going to begin receiving palliative care. I had never heard this term before and was wondering what exactly it is. Could you explain?

Palliative Care Week: talk to your family

Australia – The Australian

It’s a fact of life we’re all going to die. Statistically speaking, an ageing population brings more death – more than 150,000 a year in Australia – just as greater prevalence of chronic illness brings more disability in our later years.

Canada’s health-care system favours the cradle and ignores the grave

Canada – The Globe and Mail

While our parliamentarians and media pundits focus on the narrow machinations of Bill C-14 that deal with medical assistance in dying, we palliative-care physicians continue to try to give birth to a long-overdue national discussion on holistic and compassionate end-of-life care for all Canadians.

Time to face the facts of death

Canada – Winnipeg Free Press

I was fielding questions at a palliative-care conference when the issue arose. “Doug, I hate to ask you this, but what are your feelings on physician-assisted suicide?”

The problem of pain

UK – The Economist

Americans are increasingly addicted to opioids. Meanwhile people in poor countries die in agony without them.

No Strength Without Unity

South Africa – Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa

Today we continue our Hospice visits and meet a patient who believes her strength comes from people who are unified and show compassion.

Access to controlled medicines on the agenda at the World Health Assembly in Geneva

ehospice International Children’s edition

Dr Katherine Pettus from the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care has written an article on access to controlled medicines in time for the world drug problem report that is on the agenda at the World Health Assembly in Geneva today.

Health Literacy and Palliative Care: Workshop Summary

ehospice USA

A summary document of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy is available in free downloadable PDF or for purchase.

Q&A with Mike Palfreman, children’s hospices representative on the Hospice UK advisory council

ehospice UK

As part of our series of interviews with different members of Hospice UK’s advisory council, this week we talk to Mike Palfreman, chief executive at Haven House Children’s Hospice.

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