World media roundup – 17 March 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Real world research and the exploration of hospice nurses’ psychosocial support


Post by Hazel Hill, PhD, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling, Scotland, on her research.

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

US- McKnights

Dying nursing home residents who have dementia display significantly less fear and anxiety if they have a written advance directive in place, according to recently published research findings.

Survey on improving pain management in children around the world


ICPCN has launched a survey to understand what role the network can play in improving pain management in children around the world.

Interview with Joseph Miller

Hospice Foundation of America

Interview with school principle Joseph Miller on supporting students and staff during crisis and loss.

‘Discussion on death can solve several problems’

The Time of India

Discussion on death and dying are not really encouraged in most cultures. However, if the topic is discussed in the right way and with the right perspective, several problems in the modern world may be solved, believe experts.

Music therapy helps local, African hospices

US- Northern Star

Musicians exemplified the importance of music therapy at the third Annual Transformation Through Rhythm Concert, which raised money for Knysna-Sedgefield Hospice of South Africa and KishHealth System Hospice of DeKalb, USA.

Painkiller prescriptions increased in emergency departments over last decade

US- Huffington Post

The number of prescriptions for painkillers in US emergency departments has increased over the last ten years, and much more dramatically compared with the increase in pain-related visits over the same time period, according to a new study.

No need to filter

US- Daily Mail

Instagram account of grandmother dying from cancer attracts thousands of followers – and she hopes today’s youth will ‘learn something’.

Message from a dying patient

The Boston Globe

Personal story about palliative care and a call for early referral to palliative care, at point of diagnosis.

In grief, try personal rituals

The Atlantic

“Those who are grieving cannot raise the dead or change the laws of nature. But by performing their own private rituals, the bereaved can regain their footing in a world that has become a little emptier than it was before,” writes Emily Esfahani Smith.

What spending time with critically ill patients taught me


“Spending time with critically ill patients shines a spotlight on the uncomfortable truth of how fragile and fleeting human life can be,” writes medical student Larry Istrail.

Royals to shine a light on paediatric palliative care

ehospice Australia

It is anticipated that a visit from the Royal couple, Prince William and Kate, to Bear Cottage in April will highlight the importance of palliative care and end of life care for children in Australia.

End of life dreams and visions: a qualitative perspective from hospice patients

ehospice USA

A new study has investigated end of life dreams and visions from the perspective of hospice patients, using qualitative methods to attempt to understand the dreams and/or visions of 63 hospice patients.

New strategy aims to inform health services about advance care planning

ehospice Canada

The Victorian Government has launched a new strategy to prepare health services to engage with patients about advance care planning.

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