World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 30 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Earlier palliative care consultation may reduce hospital cost, length of stay

US – Healio

Early palliative care consultation for patients with advanced cancer during an admission to a hospital may reduce costs and lengths of stay, according to findings from a multi-institutional study.

Hospice: What is it and when is it for you?


Most of us would prefer to put the thought of hospice and end of life care as far out of our minds as possible. The health problems that make a person need hospice care – terminal illness – are never reason to celebrate.

John Key: Changes to have real benefit for families

New Zealand Herald

Prime Minister John Key says a raft of changes coming into force tomorrow will have real benefits for families. Funding will increase for palliative care, which will allow hospices to expand their services for terminally ill people.

New 26-bed unit planned for Galway Hospice

Ireland – Tuam Herald

A new 26-bed facility is being planned by the Galway Hospice Foundation on a greenfield site in Merlin Park.

Using sensory activities to improve dementia care

UK – Nursing Times

A structured programme of sensory activities can improve end of life care for people in nursing homes with advanced dementia.

We must return to patient-centered care, compensate physicians for end of life conversations

US – Forbes

We simply must do better and help ensure that a patient receives the health care that they want near the end of their life, says heart surgeon Bill Frist

National Jewish Health receives $1M donation for palliative care program

US – PR Newswire

The Daniels Fund, a Denver-based charitable foundation, has donated $1 million to advance National Jewish Health palliative care services.

First students complete Dutch e-learning course on children’s palliative care

ehospice International Children’s

The very first group of students in The Netherlands has completed the first of three e-learning courses available in Dutch.

New guidelines launched to support medical practitioners treat breast and prostate cancer

ehospice Ireland

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has launched two new National Clinical Effectiveness Guidelines to help medical practitioners with diagnosing, monitoring and treating breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life

ehospice USA

There are many facts about artificial nutrition and artificial hydration that are often misunderstood by patients and family caregivers. Some basic information may help dispel some of the myths.

Wirral end of life care charter launches

ehospice UK

The new Wirral end of life care charter was launched last month at an event attended by more than 100 health and social care professionals.

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