World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 7 June 2016

Categories: In The Media.

As California’s End of Life act goes into effect, some doctors question where to draw the line

US – Los Angeles Times

As a new law goes into effect in California allowing terminally ill patients to take medicines to kill themselves, physicians are contemplating whether they would ever write a prescription for death.

Palliative care patient ‘was left groaning in pain before death’

Ireland – The Journal

A new report has found that some patients in palliative care are being left in pain, while one family said trying to find out what services are available is like “dealing with the mafia”.

Advanced cancer patients receive aggressive care at high rates at the end of life

US – EurekAlert

In the last month of their lives, younger cancer patients continued to be hospitalized and receive other aggressive treatment at high rates, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study found.

The BMA should continue to oppose assisted dying

UK – The Telegraph

Some bad ideas are remarkably persistent, defying both evidence and the clear will of the electorate to resurface time and again. Assisted dying is one of them.

Cancer patients seek money

Uganda – New Vision

The charity, which cares for seriously ill and dying patients across three centres in Uganda, has confirmed that four cervical cancer patients are currently at the Aga Khan hospital receiving treatment following the breakdown of Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine in April.

New Opioid Limits Challenge the Most Pain-Prone

US – The New York Times

If you’ve come to rely on opioids for chronic pain, as a growing proportion of older adults has, you may have noticed that the drugs are becoming more difficult to get.

Canada Wrestles With Terms of Doctor-Assisted Suicide

US – The Wall Street Journal

A political stalemate over right-to-die legislation is stirring legal questions about who can seek a doctor’s help to die and under what conditions doctor-assisted suicide is lawful in Canada.

Meet Marchel : Resource Developer – St Bernard’s Hospice

ehospice South Africa

In continuation with our #HospiceVisits, we continue our journey at St Bernard’s Hospice where we catch up with Resource Developer – marketing/events, Marchel Brown.

Saint Francis Hospice launches new interdisciplinary postgraduate palliative care courses

ehospice UK

Saint Francis Hospice, in collaboration with London South Bank University, is offering new interdisciplinary postgraduate courses in palliative and end of life care on a part-time and full-time basis.

Consumer Health Choices resources more accessible

ehospice USA

In response to the needs of the public, Consumer Health Reports has updated its website and resources available from its Choosing Wisely campaign to make them more accessible via digital devices.

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