World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 3 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Charity offers hope to Mexico’s Mixtec elderly

Mexico – Al Jazeera

In Mixtec, the elderly population is largely alone as younger family members leave to seek opportunities.

Why doctors get it wrong about when you will die

UK – The Guardian

Doctors use data and experience to give their best prognoses for fatal illnesses – but patients can live for months or even years. Here, consultant Jules Montague explains why.

Keeping Kids Fit: Palliative care maximizes quality of life for sick children

US – Miami Herald

A stark reality facing children with life-threatening illness, their families and those caring for them is that despite incredible advances in science and technology, medical care has limitations. Yet we have the ability to provide pain and symptom management to facilitate certain goals of care.

Palliative care doctor warns of euthanasia ‘ripple effect’

New Zealand – TVNZ

A leading palliative care doctor says a possible decision by a judge to allow euthanasia would have a ripple effect and would break her heart.

MSPs call for more end of life care

UK – Glasgow Evening Times

People with long term illnesses need to talk to family about dying to help improve palliative care MSPs have heard.

Bill Frist’s Aspire Health lands $15 million

US – Nashville Business Journal

Aspire Health, the palliative care startup co-founded two years ago by former Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist, has raised $15 million in a Series C funding round.

Report shows more patients using specialist palliative care services

ehospice UK

The Minimum Data Set for Specialist Palliative Care (MDS) for 2013-14 shows that the average number of patients per service has risen for all specialist palliative care settings and service types since 2008.

French study reveals clear need for training professionals in perinatal palliative care

ehospice International Children’s

A study published online on 15 May 2015 by PubMed and carried out in France reveals a clear need for the training of perinatal professionals in perinatal palliative care and for the standardisation of practices in the field.

Easier public access to information on clinical trials

ehospice Australia

The Flinders University-based Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) has welcomed the launch of the enhanced Australian Clinical Trials website.

Further look at pediatric care and advance planning

ehospice USA

The May 2015 E-journal from NHPCO’s Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services is a continuation of the topic ‘Advance Planning in Pediatric Hospice/Palliative Care’.