World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 4 September 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Doctors must address spiritual needs of dying patients, say experts

UK – Daily Telegraph

Doctors must focus on the spiritual needs of dying patients as well as their physical symptoms to make sure they have a dignified and comfortable death, health experts have said.

Delaware Hospice set to test new model for care

US – Cape Gazette

At Delaware Hospice in Milford, a new national program will allow the center’s staff to test a model that gives Medicare patients more flexibility when choosing care options.

Hospice nurse remember Katrina ordeal

US – Hammond Star

Buried memories from when she was trapped in New Orleans during the days after Hurricane Katrina have resurfaced for hospice nurse Catherine Swicegood.

Religion is rarely discussed in hospitals, despite its power to heal

US – Connect Statesboro

Religion is an important and influential aspect of our lives, even as we near death. But a new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that religion is rarely discussed between patients and doctors in intensive-care units, according to Fox News.

Improving access to palliative care for everyone

ehospice UK

Baroness Ilora Finlay, who this month takes up the role Chair of Trustees at The National Council for Palliative Care, writes for ehospice about her private members’ bill, introduced into the House of Lords in June, which aims to ensure that everyone can receive good care at end of life, no matter where they live.

Simple list improves community access to palliative medicines

ehospice Australia

Results from a project encouraging South Australian community pharmacists to stock five core palliative medicines were presented for the first time today at the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne.

Why is palliative care in hospital so difficult?

ehospice UK

In an editorial for Palliative Medicine, Dr Ros Taylor of Hospice UK and Dr Sharon Chadwick of the Hospice of St Francis and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust analyse the problems with palliative care in hospital and look at potential solutions.

Break the taboo and start talking about death, dying and bereavement

ehospice Australia

People working in the palliative care sector have been challenged to go out to their communities and talk about death, dying and bereavement in order to break down barriers to palliative care.

Cocoon to Butterfly

ehospice USA

The journey from cocoon to butterfly resonated with the team at Fairview Home Care and Hospice in Minneapolis as they cared for a patient in need of the compassionate care hospice provides.

Remembering – book for bereaved children

ehospice International Children’s

‘Remembering’ by Dianne Leutner is a beautiful memory book for children to help them cope with the loss of someone special.

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