World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 29 February 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Study sheds light on end-of-life healthcare costs

Australia – Sax Institute

Greater use of GP services in the final years of life is not linked to lower hospital costs in the six-month end-of-life period, according to a study drawing on data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.

90-Year-Old Woman Chooses Trip of a Lifetime Over Cancer Treatment

US – ABC News

At 90 years old, a woman from Michigan named Norma is living life to the fullest on a road trip across the United States.

Palliative care program helping young people understand death

Australia – ABC News

“People think of palliative care as where you go and pass away I suppose. That’s a lot of people’s idea of it,” he said. “It’s far from it. I mean you come here on a Friday and there’s no-one ready to put their hand down in the grave.

Getting to know an inpatient hospice nurse

US – Times Bulletin

Angie Merkle, a nurse at Van Wert Independent Hospice Care, can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a passion for helping others and reaching out to those with need.

European Reference Networks: Rare Cancers or Forgotten Cancers?

Rare Cancers Europe

Rare cancers represent 22% of all cancer cases in the EU per year and affect over 4 million people in the EU. In spite of representing one fifth of all cancer cases, their representation within the European Reference Networks (ERNs) is still unclear.

“Every Government Hospital should have a palliative care unit”

India – The Hindu

Palliative care units should be opened in every government hospital, said Revwathy Kailairajan, Dean, Karur Medical College Hospital, while inaugurating Nethravathi Pain and Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Centre at Kadachanendal here on Sunday.

Hospice UK responds to report on lack of palliative care for some cancers

UK – Hospice UK

Today, Marie Curie launches a new report which highlights that people living with blood or brain cancer are more likely to have unmet care needs at the end of life.

Love your local hospice – it’s just the start

ehospice UK

Earlier this month, 16 West Midlands hospices joined forces to launch an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the role they play across the region. Here, Tina Swani, chief executive of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, reflects on the ‘Love your local hospice’ campaign and why community engagement is the key.

Pediatric e-journal looks at bereavement and care

ehospice USA

A new edition of the pediatric hospice and palliative care e-journal produced by NHPCO’s Children’s Project on Hospice/Palliative Services in now available.