World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 8 July 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative Care Meetings Can Spike PTSD Rates in Families

US – Health Leaders Media

Study shows that families of patients with chronic critical illnesses saw little benefit from meetings led by palliative care specialists, and higher symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder compared to families that met with standard ICU teams.

Policy promises to make palliative care accessible to all

India – Deccan Herald

If the state government approves the Palliative Care Policy, essential narcotic drugs will be available even at primary health centres to treat patients suffering from end-stage diseases.

In search of a peaceful place to die

China – Sixth Tone

In China there is a traditional belief that dying people bring bad luck.

Two Cancer Patients Return From Aga Khan Hospital

Uganda – All Africa

Kampala — The patients, Mary Birungi and Mary Gahoire, from Mbarara and Hoima districts respectively, were the first in a group of seven that Hospice Africa took to the Aga Khan hospital for treatment.

The rest of the world knows war on drugs doesn’t work

Philippines –

President Duterte is waging a hard-line just-kill-them-all war on drugs at a time when the rest of the world already knows the truth about such a strategy: It doesn’t work.

The right to choose death: is India ready for euthanasia?

India – The Hindu

On July 16, a gathering of doctors, academicians, lawyers and intellectuals at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) discussed euthanasia, medically-assisted death, in the light of the central government’s draft bill on passive euthanasia, which is going through the public consultation process.

Many older people putting off conversations about ageing

UK – Barchester

Talking about ageing is an unpopular topic of conversation for many older adults, new research suggests.

Hospitals weigh California assisted suicide law


Some California hospitals are opting out of the state’s new assisted suicide law allowing qualifying adults with a terminal illness to request a lethal drug from their doctor.

Life is like a box of chocolates

Malta – Malta Today

What was clearly intended as a maxim to illustrate the unpredictability of life, actually illustrates the clean opposite

Passion with Purpose

ehospice South Africa

As we conclude our Hospice Visits at Boland Hospice, we meet a remarkable woman who displays a heart of gold when it comes to people.

Colourful siblings art exhibition by London and Essex children’s hospices

ehospice UK

Children’s hospices from across London and Essex have taken part in an eye-catching art exhibition at Haven House Children’s Hospice.

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