World media roundup – 10 June 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Dying to talk about it—care and conversations near the end of life

The BMJ Today

The BMJ considers a number of different studies, asking: Why do we find it so difficult to talk about dying?

Putting dying wishes in medical record helps them happen


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.

Jay Lake, on blogging your own death

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 Trailer

Synergy TV

‘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.

Why Didn’t You Refer Your Patient to Hospice?: What Doctors Need to Know Before Avoiding the “H” Word

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.

Ministers’ decision on assisted suicide sparks storm

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.

Belgium’s euthanasia culture

Alex Schadenberg blog

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition discusses what he sees as the ‘culture of euthanasia’ in Belgium. 

How to capture the value of palliative care

US – The Advisory Board Company

Infographic representing five characteristics of programmes that capture the value of palliative care. 

Professional caregivers lend elderly a hand

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.

Doctor awarded for palliative work

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. 

Observatory staff member awarded a personal chair

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.

The hidden worlds of caring and serious illness

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.

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