World media roundup – 11 April 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Healthcare chaplaincy takes big step to becoming evidence-based, association professionals agree

PR Newswire

Leaders of three professional healthcare chaplaincy organisations convened in April at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s conference to voice unanimity on collaborating to advance the discipline’s ability to provide better care to more people in need.

Helping improve palliative care in countries across Africa

The University of Edinburgh

Through the Health Partnerships Scheme, DFID is working closely with the University of Edinburgh to improve palliative care in countries across Africa.

Cognitive impairment common among community and nursing-home resident elderly

US- Chicago End of Life Care Coalition

More than 70% of elderly Medicare beneficiaries experience cognitive impairment or severe dementia near the end of life and may need surrogate decision makers for healthcare decisions.

Stroke patients should receive customized palliative care: scientific statement

US- News Daily

Although stroke is a devastating disease, palliative care has received little attention, something the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association address in their first scientific statement on the matter.

Inappropriate referrals at the end of life

Pallium India

In her article ‘Inappropriate referrals at the end of life – the existing Indian scenario’ published in the Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, Dr Savita Butola writes about cancer patients who have been unnecessarily referred to higher hospitals instead of someone explaining to them how supportive care can be provided at home.

Draft advance care directive DIY kit to explain legal and medical wishes for people while dying, is confusing

Australia- News

An eight year battle to produce a DIY kit designed to help people explain their legal and medical wishes while they are dying, has led to more complaints and confusion.

Kate’s special mission

New Zealand News

The United Kingdom could soon be caring for its dying and vulnerable children the Waikato way – with the Duchess of Cambridge keen to take some of Waikato Hospice’s care models back home to the motherland.

The palliative care discussion starts in the emergency department


Blog post about the growing need for emergency medicine physicians to be trained in palliative care.

Living with cancer: bedtime issues

The New York Times blog

Personal story about how cancer affects all parts of a person’s life – from sex to sleeping.

A meeting of mind and hearts: Lakshadweep Hamrahi 2013

ehospice Australia

Australian Doctor Sophia Lam and Clinical Nurse Specialist Sarah Rose reflect on their recent trip to Jaipur, India, for the Hamrahi Project, an intensive six-week palliative care course in collaboration with Pallium India.

87% support the CMA position calling for a pan-Canadian strategy on seniors’ care

ehospice Canada

During the CMA’s annual ‘Doctors in the House’ lobby day on Parliament Hill, physicians held more than 80 meetings with MPs and senators, and discussed issues ranging from the health concerns surrounding a rapidly ageing population to the shortage of palliative care services in Canada.

Innovative service is helping more people stay at home at the end of their lives

ehospice UK

More patients across Bedfordshire with a life-limiting illness have been able to die in the place of their choice as a result of an innovative partnership between national charity Sue Ryder, NHS Bedfordshire and local health and care services.

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