World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 3 August 2015

Categories: Care.

Inside Japan’s ‘corpse hotels’

Japan – Al Jazeera

A rising death rate and lack of crematoria spurs Japan’s booming funeral industry, including hotels for the deceased.

How UAE firms deal with grief in the workplace

UAE – The National

Managers with teams are normally taught soft skills like negotiation, time management or coaching – but not how to deal with a grieving member of staff, one of the most sensitive situations they are ever likely to encounter.

A Quality Life: Episode 4, Malcolm’s palliative care story

US – Palliative in Practice

CAPC has released the fourth episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series A Quality Life featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from palliative care.

Hospital for special surgery is first recipient of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s Excellence in Spiritual Care Award 

US – HealtCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™ (HCCN) presented Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) the first Excellence in Spiritual Care Award at a ceremony at the hospital on July 27.

We hospice CEOs shouldn’t stay silent – the sector must accept assisted dying

UK – The Guardian

An anonymous hospice CEO writes: “I’m worried that if I speak out publicly about the change in the law we so badly need, it will alienate trustees, staff and donors.”

Assisted suicide for mental illness gaining ground

US – Medscape

A first-of-its-kind report offers insights into the characteristics and outcomes of requests for euthanasia on the grounds of suffering related to psychiatric illness in Belgium, where it is legal in that country.

End of life planning

US – Health Canal

A study out of the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus has examined advance-care planning for congestive heart failure and shown a lack of clear triggers alerting providers to when it’s time to begin end-of-life discussions

French doctor in divisive end of life case defers decision to the state

France – The Tablet

The French doctor due to decide the fate of a tetraplegic patient in a vegetative state has unexpectedly turned the case over to the state, saying disputes between rival factions of his family – one of which has Catholic church support – made a calm decision about ending or continuing his treatment impossible.

Building a Khan Academy for Health Care

US – The New York Times

“Leveraging video technology to better inform patients and families about their medical options can quickly and cheaply communicate information.”

Hospices will see 1% increase in Medicare payments in 2016

US – Modern Healthcare

Hospice providers will see a 1.1% increase in Medicare payments in fiscal 2016, according to a final rule issued Friday by the CMS. 

Sometimes treating a terminal illness does more harm than good

US – Newsworks

Difficult health and end-of-life decisions are inevitable and universal for all families. So it’s crucial that doctors offer realistic expectations. Unnecessary treatment is harmful to patients and their families, and bad for health care costs and society as a whole.

A letter to my patient, whose terminal cancer is the least of her worries

UK – The Guardian blog

When I look at my gravely ill patient, I don’t see an ‘illegal arrival’. I see a thoughtful woman cursed first by geography and then illness.

Pediatric report focuses attention on children’s unmet needs

ehospice USA

A new report will help hospice and palliative care providers—as well as policymakers, funders and the media—to better understand both the current challenges and the unmet needs of children and their families across the country.

A resource beyond the ordinary

ehospice Ireland

‘A resource beyond the ordinary’ is how a widower described the support he and his family received from a South East based cancer support service during his wife’s battle with a terminal diagnosis.

WA aged care staff learn to talk about dying

ehospice Australia

The education of residential aged care and community care staff in palliative care and advance care planning is crucial and necessary with Australia’s ageing population, according to Decision Assist program chair, Associate Professor Bill Silvester.

Non-medical prescribing in end of life care – overcoming the barriers

ehospice UK

For community nurses caring for patients at the end of life, being able to prescribe pain medication and other controlled drugs can make a big difference to patients and their families, but many barriers seem to stand in the way of more nurses taking on this role.

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