World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 9 May 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Avoiding ‘compassion fatigue’ in palliative, end-of-life care

US – Healio

In difficult conversations with patients and their families regarding palliative and end-of-life care, it is important for physicians to understand the effects such discussions can have on their own state of mind, and any potential effects it may have on their practice, according to a presentation given at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting.

Auntie Mae’s sad death

US – Hawaii Tribune Herald

Last month, my mother called to report my 90-year-old hanai Auntie Mae passed away in a Seattle emergency room. She introduced my parents to each other 67 years ago. I was surprised to hear of her death, though I knew she suffered from heart disease.

Will hospitals reject California’s assisted suicide law?

US – Los Angeles Times

Medical leaders at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena voted behind closed doors this week for the facility’s hundreds of doctors and affiliated personnel to opt out of California’s assisted suicide law, which goes into effect June 9.

Saying Goodbye When Someone You Love Is Dying

US – Huffington Post

Saying goodbye to a dying relative or friend — what to talk about, when, and how — doesn’t come naturally to most adults. The irony: All these conversations ask of us, ultimately, is what people appreciate hearing at any time of life: words of candor, reassurance and love.

Out-of-hours palliative care ‘needs to improve’


Dying patients are not getting the out-of-hours care they need at the end of their lives, a group of top doctors has warned.

How well are we really doing?

India – Pallium India

India’s poor performance in palliative care has been the subject of much international attention; the New York Times wrote not too long back, and the BBC on 04 May 2016 wrote on the subject.

New family guide to SEND system in England

ehospice international children’s edition

Together for Short Lives has published a new guide to assist families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions join-up their health and social care and education.

Toronto Central LHIN leads the way with Innovative Palliative Care Education for Long-Term Care Homes

ehospice Canada

Pallium Canada’s LEAP courseware fills palliative care education gap in the Long-Term Care setting.

Angels amongst us

ehospice Kenya

When his mother’s health began to rapidly decline, Peter knew he was going to need help taking care of her. It took Peter’s mother a couple of months of battling cancer and driving back and forth from home to Meru Hospital where finally the doctor’s referred his mother to Meru Hospice.

Overcoming the odds: Meet Luyanda Belinda

ehospice South Africa

In continuation with our #HospiceVisits drive we are now in the fifth week of publishing the amazing success stories, moments and facts we have been able to gather during our three day trip in Durban. This week the focus is on Verulam Hospice.

New report highlights poor end of life care experienced by certain groups

ehospice UK

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published the results of its in-depth review of end of life care in England, which looks at why certain people are more likely to receive poor care.

Calling U.S. organizations to be global partners in care

ehospice USA

The team at Global Partners in Care looking for US-based hospice and palliative care programs who are willing to join the GPIC Partnership Initiative – support a community abroad while you enrich your own community.

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