World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 4 August 2015

Categories: In The Media.

A more cohesive home: integrating primary and palliative care for seriously ill patients

USA – Health Affairs blog

Deficiencies in existing delivery systems of palliative care make it unavailable to a significant portion of seriously ill patients.

Intersectional pain: what I’ve learned from hospices and feminism of colour

Open Democracy

Might pain and oppression be like love – a simple thunderbolt at times, and in other circumstances complex and slow burning over generations?

The device kept him alive, but was the pain and suffering worth it?

The Washington Post

Understanding how patients and caregivers really define “benefits” can help doctors and patients to decide if LVAD therapy is likely to meet definitions and expectations.

Healthy nurse’s decision to end her life with lethal injection revives heated assisted suicide debate in UK

The Washington Post

A healthy retired British nurse who had worked with the elderly has ended her life in a Swiss clinic because she was afraid of getting old and being unable to kill herself.

How art therapy can help cancer patients

UK – The Telegraph

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a total beginner, participation in one of the arts can be of enormous help in giving vent to feelings of anger, fear and isolation.

New oxycodone rules would give drug maker a monopoly in Canada, experts warn

Globe and Mail

The federal government’s proposed rules aimed at making oxycodone more difficult to abuse would force generic versions of the popular drug off the market, handing the company at the centre of Canada’s prescription painkiller crisis a monopoly.

Researchers estimate the cost of formal and informal care at the end of life

ehospice UK

In a study published last month in the journal Palliative Medicine, researches at University College London estimate the cost of caring for people with cancer at the end of life.

Needs assessment of older people with chronic mental illness

ehospice Australia

An Australian National University researcher has begun investigating whether existing models of care meet the mental and physical health needs of older people with chronic mental illness.

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