India- The Hindu
A story about how the principles of palliative care helped one daughter make a choice about her father’s care.
Involuntary euthanasia is acceptable medical treatment, according to a recent official statement by the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine.
Article by Bárbara Antunes, Research Associate at Centro de Estudos e Investigação em Saúde da Universidade de Coimbra (CEISUC) Portugal, and Visiting Research Associate at Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, UK.
Science Network Western Australia
Local researchers are calling for a greater role for occupational therapists (OTs) in end of life palliative care in Western Australia.
A new documentary will tell the story behind That Dragon, Cancer, a game about the challenges developer Ryan Green and his wife Amy faced dealing with their son Joel’s terminal cancer.
The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to a six-year-old girl whose mother has terminal cancer, while visiting a children’s hospice on the latest leg of the royal tour of New Zealand.
On public radio show Take Care, Amy Tucci, president and CEO of the Hospice Foundation of America, discusses how hospice care can ease the pain of death.
Facing death on a regular basis is a crucially important part of the job for doctors, especially when patients need palliative care.
“Honesty may be the best policy, but when delivering bad news to patients, physicians must prepare to pay a price for that honesty,” writes Dr Mary F Mulcahy.
Hospitals & Health Network
Q&A with Sally Okun, vice president for advocacy, policy and patient safety at the social media site PatientsLikeMe, who is passionate about giving patients a voice.
The ASCO Post
Despite improvements in the perception of palliative care, a recent study found that obstacles remain to fully integrating such programs into mainstream cancer care.
“…a doctor who acknowledges that while a patient’s well-being must always trump a family’s despair, collaborating with parents as their allies and supporters, even when they choose an undesirable path, might work to the child’s advantage,” writes Suzanne Leigh.
The New Old Age blog
When did the language we use to talk about death start to resemble a Pentagon briefing, full of military references and combat analogies?
An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) self help program for family and friends of palliative care patients
There are few effective interventions for caregivers that offer flexible delivery whilst not overburdening palliative care resources, writes Esther Davis.
ehospice International children’s edition
The first journal on children’s palliative care in the Nordic countries will be launched in 2014.
A video, posted by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, features Dr Balfour Mount, the physician who coined the term “palliative care,” talking about his career and the way that palliative care has evolved over the years.
In a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, researchers state that, “hospice and palliative care nursing embraces a humanistic caring and holistic approach to patient care.” NHPCO offers a review of that article.
ehospice South Africa
A strong focus of HPCA (Hospice and Palliative Care Association) is capacity-building for their hospices. With this in mind they started a series of national workshops for the hospices on media, marketing and messaging.