US – STAT
Hospice and palliative medicine specialists frequently speak about their field needing an image makeover. Dr. BJ Miller is poised to deliver it.
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.
UK – Oxford Mail
CHANGES should be made to out-of-hours GP services for patients dying at home, according to Oxford University researchers.
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.
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.
US – TCTMD
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.
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.”
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.
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.