World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 7 July 2016

Categories: In The Media.

A doctor focused on dying finds lessons for better living


Hospice and palliative medicine specialists frequently speak about their field needing an image makeover. Dr. BJ Miller is poised to deliver it.

University report explores efficacy of palliative care in England

UK – News Medical

A new report by Sheffield Hallam University has revealed that, despite an abundance of government recommendations on end of life care in England, there is uncertainty as to whether they have led to improvements in patient care.    

Changes needed to out-of-hours service for patients dying at home, Oxford experts say

UK – Oxford Mail

CHANGES should be made to out-of-hours GP services for patients dying at home, according to Oxford University researchers.

Beautiful minds bloom when good hearts come together…

India – Manorama Online

Shyam Prasad’s life and career is a study in motivation. He fought autism and cerebral palsy to pursue a career that eventually led him to the post of an assistant professor at the University of Kerala in Kasaragod. He was never let down by his parents, A P Prabhakaran and K Usha.

Systemic inflammation worsens quality of life in patients with advanced cancer

US – Healio

Systemic inflammation was associated with poorer quality of life among patients with advanced cancer independent of performance status, according to study results published in Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Imagining the Unimaginable: Video May Help Heart Failure Patients With End-of-Life Decisions


Patients with advanced heart failure who view a video-based decision support tool that discusses options for end-of-life care are more informed about their options, more likely to select comfort care at the end of life, and less likely to select aggressive end-of-life care, according to the results of a study published online in Circulation. 

Saying good-bye with dignity

India – The Hindu

“In India, the poor die in agony in neglect, the middle-class die in agony in ignorance, and the rich die in agony on a ventilator,” says Dr. Sankha Mitra, the British oncologist, referring to the sometimes inhuman treatment meted out to people in the end-stage of life. “No one gets a dignified and pain-free death.”

Hospices are stepping up their dementia care

ehospice UK

Last year Hospice UK published ‘Hospice enabled dementia care – the first steps’ and since then there has been a surge of enthusiasm by hospices to share ideas as to how to adapt their care to support people living with dementia.

Life of a hospice nurse

ehospice USA

The New Yorker has published a powerful article sharing some of intimate moments of a hospice nurse in New York as she provides care and support that are hallmarks of hospice care. An article not to be missed.

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