World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 9 March 2015

Categories: In The Media.

French parliament debates ‘deep sleep’ bill for end of life

France – Reuters

France’s parliament will debate a bill on Tuesday allowing patients on the brink of death to stop treatment and enter a “deep sleep” until they die, a move some critics say amounts to euthanasia in disguise.

That Dragon, Cancer: is it right to make a game about cancer?

The Guardian

When Joel Green was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, his parents took an unusual step. They turned their family’s tragedy into an interactive computer adventure.

Non-interoperable directives: end of life wishes and EHRs don’t yet mesh

US – Modern Healthcare

“It’s a great frustration if you take the time to talk to a patient and find out what they would want in certain circumstances, and note that in a directive, (but then) no one looks at it when a patient gets into those circumstances,” says Dr Nancy Girard.

Anxiety, chronic pain among problems that adult cancer survivors experience years after treatment, new study finds

US – Health Canal

A team of researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Central Florida have determined that years after going into remission, many adult cancer survivors still encounter challenges arising from their disease and its treatment.

A rural hospital initiates a successful palliative care service – St Francis Naggalama hospital, Uganda

ehospice Africa

Inspired by a personal encounter, Sr Jane Frances Nakafeero re-initiated palliative care services in May 2013 at St Francis Naggalama Hospital on her appointment as Hospital Administrator. 

South African TV correspondent takes on the London Marathon to raise funds for ICPCN

ehospice International children’s edition

Richard Newton, a specialist correspondent with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, has committed to run the London Marathon this year to raise funds for the International Children’s Palliative Care Network.

Hospice immersion project helps students understand end of life

ehospice USA

An innovative program offered to medical students at the University of New England is helping them gain a better understanding of death and dying.