World Media Roundup – 13 January 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Healthcare experts in the region call for further development of palliative care for severely ill patients in the Middle East

UAE – Zawya

Palliative care remains underdeveloped in the Middle East. A few Arab countries such as Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, and Jordan have limited palliative care services, but most Middle Eastern countries do not have any palliative care at all. 

Foundation urges unified effort for hospice services

Taiwan – Taipei Times

A severe shortage of hospice services in hospitals and health centers across the nation could have a severe impact on the elderly and terminally ill patients, the Taiwan Healthcare Reform Foundation said yesterday.

Thousands raised for Friends hospice

Cyprus Mail

A Paphos business has raised over twenty thousand euros for the Friends Hospice by operating a daily raffle during December and putting on a pantomime.

Attitudes, practices surrounding end of life care in ICUs vary among Asian physicians

Medical XPress

A majority of physicians surveyed throughout Asia reported almost always or often withholding life-sustaining treatment in end of life care for patients in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) when there is little chance of meaningful recovery, although attitudes and practice of end of life care varied widely across countries and regions on the continent, according to a report published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

For the tough times

The Hindu

“This juxtaposition of my own grief against the world’s joy was hard for me to bear. However, I soon realised that yoga had given me some tools to deal with this difficult time.”

Last wishes and clear choices – learning how to talk about end of life care

US – The Conversation

“The POST form helps to initiate and focus conversations between patients, families, and doctors around end of life care. It also fosters shared decision making, helping to ensure that all perspectives are taken into account, and ensuring that patient wishes are honoured.”

After Ebola, WHO blames governments and seeks more clout


The World Health Organization says governments flouted their obligations during the Ebola crisis and wants more power to tackle health emergencies in future, documents published by the international agency showed on Monday.

E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review


Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found.

Cancer survivors may face mental, physical issues

WebMD News/HealthDay News

Many U.S. cancer survivors have unresolved physical and mental health issues long after being cured, a new study finds.

The picture: reflections from a hospice nurse practitioner

ehospice USA

Hospice and palliative professionals are personally touched by the work they do; this article by a nurse practitioner from Transitions LifeCare reminds us of that.

New antibiotic discovery doesn’t lessen the risk of drug resistant bacteria

ehospice Australia

A major breakthrough in the quest to find new antibiotics doesn’t mean that we should ease off the campaign against antibiotic resistance in Australia, according to NPS MedicineWise.

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