World media roundup – 15 April 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative care can help patients and caregivers during any stage of a serious illness

The International Caregiver

Diane E. Meier, MD, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), on how palliative care helps patients and family carers.

Easing the burden of cancer through palliative care

American Cancer Society

A new American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor grant, awarded to Sean Morrison, will help build new programs that seek to speed the uptake of specialised palliative care.

David Orentlicher delves into changing legal climate for legalizing physician aid in dying in JAMA article

An article in JAMA traces the evolution of end of life law, from the Quinlan court’s recognition of the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment in 1976, to the current era.

China’s Shanxi Province promotes tree funerals

China Topix

Tree funerals, in addition to solving the land space problem, are also frugal and eco-friendly, according to proponents.

Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?


Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks, the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy.

Report highlights the need for culturally safe cancer care in Inuit communities

ehospice Canada

Although relatively unknown to past generations, cancer has become the second-highest cause of death in the Inuit population and is having a profound effect on patients, their families and communities.

Social media and palliative care

ehospice UK

Dr Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, questions whether asking patients about social media use should be part of a holistic palliative care assessment, or whether this is none of physicians’ business?

Join National Healthcare Decisions Day… because your decisions matter

ehospice USA

National Healthcare Decisions Day, 16 April, is an annual day of national outreach to raise awareness of advance care planning and emphasise the importance of making your healthcare wishes known.

Good Shepherd Hospice team helps make patient’s wish come true

ehospice USA

Healthcare professionals at the Somers Hospice House in Sebring, Florida, routinely ask patients and families, “Is there anything else I can do for you?”

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