The BMJ Today
The BMJ considers a number of different studies, asking: Why do we find it so difficult to talk about dying?
When patients’ end-of-life preferences are entered as instructions in their medical record, their wishes are more likely to be honored, a new study suggests.
Simon Owens writes, “I got a chance to interview Jay Lake extensively not long before his death and wrote a long profile on him and his cancer blogging that explores the impact he’s had, both on the cancer and science fiction communities.
‘Death Makes Life Possible’ follows cultural anthropologist and scientist Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D, as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions.
US – Crossroads Hospice Blog
Many healthcare workers fail to realize that a hospice recommendation does not desert the patient… This common, natural response tends to prolong an unfortunate process to death. All too often, it prevents patients from receiving hospice care.
Israel – Israel Hayom
Patients with less than six months to live can request a prescription to end their suffering, and doctors will not be criminally liable. sraeli Medical Association sees “moral and ethical problems” with the bill. Rabbis fume.
Alex Schadenberg blog
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition discusses what he sees as the ‘culture of euthanasia’ in Belgium.
US – The Advisory Board Company
Infographic representing five characteristics of programmes that capture the value of palliative care.
India – The Times of India
With a burgeoning elderly population in urban TN (36.8 lakh according to the 2011 census), and an increasingly fragmentary social structure, it’s not surprising that home healthcare services for the elderly are also sought after by families who reside with their elderly relatives in the same city.
Nepal/ Canada – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Dr Robin R.R. Love was presented with the Award of Excellence in Medical Practice by Dr. Lawrence C. Jewett, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Colombia for his work in Nepal.
International Observatory of End of Life Care
Dr Katherine Froggatt, a Senior Lecturer in the Observatory, has been awarded a Personal Chair, with effect from 1st August 2014.
UK – Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
Three new short films entitled “At Home with Illness” have been launched to mark Carers Week 2014. The gritty films take an unflinching look at what happens when serious illness arrives in a family.