World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 29 June 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Ageing behind bars: what are the healthcare challenges

Ireland – The Irish Times

The relatively recent phenomenon of ageing prison populations brings unique healthcare challenges for prison services worldwide. These include accommodating the needs of frail older prisoners and the provision of end-of-life care.

MUHC rethinking palliative care unit’s exemption from providing assisted death

Canada – CBC News

The McGill University Health Centre is reconsidering a policy that requires patients seeking a doctor-assisted death to transfer out of its palliative care unit.

New Resources for Pediatric Palliative Care


The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has developed pediatric palliative care informational materials for families of children with serious illnesses. The fact sheet, family stories, and resource card highlighting support services are designed to assist families of seriously ill pediatric patients with palliative care planning and decision making. 

Doctors, family often afraid to let elderly die with dignity

Australia – The Australian

Elderly people dying in hospitals spend their final weeks and months tormented by a barrage of pointless, expensive and harrowing procedures, say researchers.

Controlling immune response ‘could ease dying’


Controlling the immune response of people dying from cancer might help save them from pain, fatigue and loss of appetite, according to researchers.

How compassion makes a profound impact on suffering patients

New Zealand – NzDoctors

Compassion is something clinicians genuinely try to embody, however it’s one area where patients are continually dissatisfied, says a Canadian researcher.

Suffer the little ones … as cancer cases in children rise

Namibia – The Namibian

Auguste Ndahambelela Nghiwilepo, an innocent four-year-old girl, has lost sight because of cancer, but she is refusing to let go of her warm smile.

A storybook wedding at Stepping Stone Hospice

ehospice South Africa

It was only a six months into their relationship that Zanelle Mphikwa was diagnosed with urethral and bladder cancer.

Hospices in the running for Nursing Times Awards

ehospice UK

An end of life care coordination centre based at Royal Trinity Hospice and the care director at St Richard’s Hospice are both shortlisted in this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

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