Development and initial validation of a new outcome measure for hospice and palliative care: the St Christopher’s Index of Patient Priorities (SKIPP)
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Article on the development and analysis of a hospice and palliative care patient-reported outcome measure to detect patients’ perceptions of change in quality of life and issues of concern, and views of service benefit.
US- News Medical
New research suggests that use of antibiotics is still prevalent among terminal patients who have chosen hospice care, despite little evidence that the medications improve symptoms or quality of life, and sometimes may cause unwanted side effects.
UK- Medical Xpress
Patients in their last year of life with co-existing illnesses struggle to cope with a bewildering array of services and treatments, which are often poorly coordinated and lack any continuity of care, according to a new study.
The World Health Organization has published a new, consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.
US- Medical Economics
Could Medicare’s patient satisfaction surveys be contributing to the abuse of prescription opioid pain relievers?
Australia- ABC News
A brochure produced by Liberal Member for Wagga, Daryl Maguire, on palliative care for the region has been described as creating more questions than answers.
The deadline for submission of oral and workshop abstracts for the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)’s 4th National Palliative Care Conference is 31 July.
The “Pop-Up Model” of paediatric palliative care optimises local resources and services – in regional Australia for example – where specific palliative needs may vary; it puts the child and family at the heart of care.
A pilot study led by Dr Kate Henriksen at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, found that patients welcome the opportunity to complete a questionnaire to provide feedback about their doctors.