World media roundup – 15 July 2014

Categories: In The Media.

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.

Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

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.

Patients with advanced co-existing illnesses and their carers face uphill struggle

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.

Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations


The World Health Organization has published a new, consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.

Are Medicare’s patient satisfaction surveys contributing to opioid abuse?

US- Medical Economics

Could Medicare’s patient satisfaction surveys be contributing to the abuse of prescription opioid pain relievers?

Wagga MP’s palliative care brochure described as more ‘promotion’ than ‘information’

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.

Deadline for abstract submission fast approaching

ehospice Kenya

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.

Paediatric palliative care – pop-up model in action

ehospice Australia

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.

Maintaining high standards of hospice care by measuring patient satisfaction

ehospice UK

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.

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