World Media Roundup – 12 September 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Dr Rajagopal appointed Visiting Professor at Sichuan University, China

Pallium India

Dr M R Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India, has been appointmented honorary visiting professor at Sichuan University in China, along with Professor Margaret O’Connor from Australia, Dr Bee Wee from Oxford and Dr Yingwei Wang from Taiwan.

Role of emergency contact is mistaken for advance directive

US – EurekAlert

More than 95% of patients treated in an emergency department mistake their emergency contact as the designated medical decision maker for end of life care, according to a new study.

Patients wish to discuss end of life care

US – VIA University College

A new study shows that patients who suffer from life-threatening illness would like healthcare professionals to talk to them about palliative care, but fear of bringing up the subject is widespread.

Study reveals profile of patients most likely to delay hospice enrolment until final days of life

US – Medical Xpress

One in six cancer patients enrol in hospice only during their last three days of life, according to a new study.

What’s behind the criticism of hospice? Is it fair?

US – Forbes

How did a movement aimed at comforting the dying become a target for widespread allegations of fraud and patient abuse? Is the criticism legitimate?

The Project on Death in America – twenty years on

End of life studies blog

Article about the Project on Death in America (PDIA), which played a prominent part in end of life care innovations in the United States between 1994 and 2003.

Understanding how grief weakens the body

The Atlantic

Article about new research into how mourning permeates physical health.

Doctors writing poetry

Changing the Way We Die

Does fostering physicians’ creative side help patients?

Cancer pain management research grant

ehospice Australia

Sydney University researcher Dr Melanie Lovell, also a staff specialist at HammondCare’s Greenwich Hospital, is working on the implementation of a national clinical pathway for pain management in people with advanced breast and other cancers.

Palliative care and critical care join hands to achieve excellence in end of life care

ehospice India

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) have published an integrated care plan for the dying in the Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine.

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