World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 27 October 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Great place to retire, worst place to die

Philippines – The Manila Times

The death of American chemist and Nobel laureate Richard Heck almost a month ago just goes to show that in the Philippines, not even a Nobel Prize can guarantee proper healthcare or a decent death.

Living and dying beautifully 

Thailand – Bangkok Post

Dr Mano Laohavanich’s foundation highlights how words of comfort and compassion are the potent medicine often overlooked by today’s medical profession

Uganda: Offering Care to Cancer, HIV/AIDS Patients

All Africa

Hospice Africa Uganda defines palliative care as a specialty that looks after life limiting diseases with the purpose of improving their quality of life.

Is London the worst place in the UK to die?

The Guardian

Onkar Sahota, chair of the London Assembly health committee, writes: The UK is billed as being the best place in the world to die, but the picture in the capital is far less rosy than national statistics suggest.

Out-of-pocket health costs of dementia soar at the end of life

USA – Reuters

Families may spend almost twice as much caring for dementia patients at the end of life than they might if their loved one suffered from a different disease, a U.S. study suggests.

New Zealand Guidelines go live

ehospice International Children’s edition

Dr Emily Chang, a paediatrician with the Starship Paediatric Palliative Care Team, reports on the launch of the Clinical Guidelines for End of Life care for babies, children and young people in New Zealand. This great new resource is available to anyone and provides practical ‘on the ground’ advice.

Play therapy in a hospital environment

ehospice Interntional Children’s edition

Beatrice Mang’anda; Team Leader for Umodzi Children’s Palliative Care Unit in Malawi looks at the important role of play for children who are sick.

Palliative care not just for end of life, but for quality of life

ehospice Ireland

Palliative care approach encouraged in both community and healthcare settings as part of Palliative Care Week 2015.

New study benchmarks California’s progress against IOM Report

ehospice USA

A year after the release of a landmark report on death and dying in America, a new state-based report finds that California is making strides to create a more supportive environment for people facing serious illness.

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