World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 6 November 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Bundestag votes for better palliative care for the terminally ill

Germany – Deutsche Welle

A new law aimed at strengthening palliative care has passed in the Bundestag with broad support. It comes a day ahead of a widely-anticipated and more controversial debate on assisted suicide.

How one woman changed the way people die in Mongolia

Mongolia – NPR

Dr Odontuya Davaasuren has one goal: to improve the way people die in Mongolia. Her efforts have earned her the title “the mother of palliative care in Mongolia.” And they’ve transformed the way people die.

Making UK a better place to die: Patients in their final days present a unique challenge to carers and hospices

UK – The Independent

Britain has been declared the best country to die in – yet hospital horror stories are still rife. Lena Corner talks to those who care for the dying and those left behind and discovers what the gentle ethos of hospice care can teach the NHS.

It is the greatest privilege to help someone at their last moments

UK – Huffington Post

The Marie Curie nurse who appeared in the charity’s latest advertising campaign writes about her work in Huffington Post

Live well, die well: Thoughts on the best care possible through the end of life

US – Health Affairs Blog

We as a society are reluctant to discuss end of life issues. Ira Byock contends that Americans plan for every life milestone – birthdays, weddings, and graduations – but not for death.

Improving Scotland’s confidence in palliative care

UK – Marie Curie blog

We know that as people are living longer they are more likely to develop long-term conditions, have more complex needs and potentially multiple conditions. This means that demands and pressures on health and social care services are also likely to increase.

New pediatric palliative care publication for Spanish-speaking families

ehospice USA

Spanish language brochure shows how palliative care can help children with serious illnesses and their families.

Rennie Grove’s annual conference highlights challenges ahead for palliative care

ehospice UK

The Rennie Grove Hospice Care annual conference brought together around 100 delegates from across the healthcare sector to learn more about the challenges ahead for palliative and end of life care.