World Media Roundup – 18 September 2014

Categories: In The Media.

US needs better end of life care, which might cut costs


The United States needs to improve its medical care for people nearing death, a move that might cut rising healthcare costs, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) study.

Baby euthanasia case spurs debate in France

France 24

Parents of an extremely premature baby have asked doctors to take their child off life support but doctors say they need more time to evaluate the baby’s condition.

Bulgaria to back setting European Day of Palliative Care


Bulgarian Ministers have confirmed that the country will participation in the informal meeting of EU health ministers next week, where pain and palliative care will be discussed, and approved the setting of a European Day of Palliative Care and European Day of Pain.

Wellcome Trust project moves closer to start date – and lots of ideas developing!

End of life studies blog

Update on the international project, led by Prof David Clark at Glasgow University, which will look at interventions at the end of life.

A third of family caregivers spend over $10K a year

USA Today

About a third of family caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week on caregiving tasks, a new survey shows.

Researchers studying improving physician opioid prescribing


Two American researchers have been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse for their project titled: Improving Physician Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain in HIV-infected Persons.

How to participate in #hpmJC – palliative care Twitter journal club


Twitter journal club is a regular (approximately monthly) tweet chat – the next due to be held on 29 September 2014, 10pm AEST/noon GMT.

A false hope: artificial nutrition in the dying patient

GeriPal blog

“Despite an awareness of what the medical literature tells us about the risks and benefits of these interventions, I struggle with how tough it is to counsel and guide grief stricken families through these complex decisions.”

Do we recognise the human rights of people with a disability?

ehospice Australia

Edwina Pickering’s awareness of the lack of knowledge in the medical and aged care sector over end of life planning has prompted a research project into the human rights of people with a disability.

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