World Media Roundup – 11 August 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Specialists clueless on end-of-life treatment laws

Australia – Endocrinology Update

Most specialists have little clue on how to make competent end-of-life decisions involving withholding and withdrawing of medical treatment, according a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Over-Optimistic Portrayal of Life-Supporting Treatments in Newspapers and Internet

UK – Medical Futility Blog

Several Taiwanese researchers have just published a new study:  “Over-Optimistic Portrayal of Life-Supporting Treatments in Newspapers and on the Internet:  A Cross-Sectional Study Using Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation as an Example.”

Kottayam Gets Complete Palliative-Care District Tag

India – The New Indian Express

The land of letters is all set to receive yet another tagline with the district being recognised as the complete palliative- care district in the state.

Palliative Care Unit opens at Caura

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Persons in need of pain relief from a terminal illness or disease, while maximising on their quality of life, can now seek treatment at the Caura Palliative Care Unit (CPCU), Caura Hospital, Caura.

Don’t call it a death panel: Providence wants to change the conversation about end-of-life care

US – Puget Sound Business Journal

Providence Health & Services believes there is such a thing as a good death. The Renton-based institution wants its doctors to be able to talk to patients about what that means to each individual patient. Providence is backing that up with a multi-million dollar investment in a new institute that will serve the entire five-state system.

deVeber award named after palliative care pioneer

Canada – The Catholic Register

Thomas Andrew Echlin will never know what he started in 1955, when he died at home with his mother just days after he was born. “With the birth and death of my first son, my baby, God spoke to my heart,” is how 82-year-old Jean Echlin explains her careerchoice — caring for people as they face death.

Importance of Supportive Care

Swaziland – The Swazi Observer

“Swaziland Hospice at Home is proud to continue offering supportive care services for our patients.”

Palliative care video wins Videographer Award

US – FrahmComm

“The video on palliative care that I produced for UW Medicine has won a second national award: a Videographer Award. Last week I found out that it won a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications.”

Barbados in a Good Position to Provide Palliative Care

Barbados – BGIS Media

Barbados is appropriately positioned to take on the task of providing palliative care in the hospital and community settings, given its existing health infrastructure. This view was shared by Minister of Health, John Boyce, yesterday, as he addressed the Barbados Network Consultation 2014, during a presentation on Hospice and Palliative Care, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Palliative Care Doesn’t Always Mean End Of Life

US – My FOX Memphis

Palliative care doesn’t always mean end of life, especially for children. “The American Academy of pediatrics endorses initiating palliative care from diagnosis to cure or transition to end of life care,” said Dr. Melody Cunningham, Medical Director for Threads of Care, a pediatric palliative care team.

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