World media roundup – 15 October 2013

Categories: In The Media.

How to cope with an ageing population

The Lancet – International 

Referencing the recently published Global AgeWatch Index 2013, the article considers how to cope with an ageing population across the globe. It says that services need to adapt to improve care for their ageing populations, including better use of mobile services and technology to facilitate home visits, as well as early investment and cooperation between health and social care. 

Nurse brings mission to make sure no one dies alone

Star Tribune – US

Following her own experiences caring for patients, Sandra Clarke came up with the idea of a volunteer organisation, No One Dies Alone (NODA), in which patients in their last days are assured bedside company as they die. 

Services for terminally ill described as ‘Inadequate’

Bangkok Post – Thailand

The public healthcare system needs to improve palliative care for patients in the final stages of terminal illnesses, Thai Palliative Care Society (TPCS) president Srivieng Pairojkul told the 10th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Bangkok. 

81% don’t want life-prolonging treatments

The Japan News – Japan

More than 80 percent of people surveyed by The Yomiuri Shimbun said they would not want to receive life-prolonging treatments in the terminal phase of an illness. 

MOH keen to expand palliative care

The Straits Times – Singapore

The number of patients under home palliative care has trebled since 2009, to about 5,000 today. The majority of these are cancer patients, but the Health Ministry is keen to work with providers to expand the service to more patients with other terminal illnesses.

Big strides in palliative care

Deccan Chronicle – India

The Pain and Palliative Care Society (PPCS), which started functioning from a single room at the Medical College Hospital here, with just two volunteers in 1993, has today become the backbone of the pain and palliative movement in the state. 

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