World media roundup – 19 March 2014

Categories: In The Media.

The art and science of empathy


Viv Lucas, Medical Director at Garden House Hospice in the UK, explains the background to his research on empathy.

When to introduce palliative care: study suggests earlier is better

Oncology Rounds

A recent study in Canada demonstrates that early incorporation of palliative care into standard treatment for advanced cancer patients leads to increased quality of life and patient satisfaction.

Demand for hospice speeds up redevelopment plans

New Zealand

Increased demand for care among patients with life-threatening conditions has prompted Hospice Waikato to push forward a redevelopment worth nearly $3 million.

Remembering palliative care pioneer: Marion Pohlen Primomo, MD


Post about Dr Marion Primomo, one of the first woman physicians and ‘mother of the hospice movement in Texas’.

Fewer peoply dying in SA: StatsSA

iol news

Mortality is dropping in South Africa, Statistics SA (StatsSA) has said.

Grief and healing: Mom adds sandbox to baby’s grave so son can ‘play’ with brother

US- Today

Ashlee Hammac decided to add a sandbox to the grave site of her baby boy so that her older son, Tucker, would be more comfortable visiting the resting place.

Don’t avoid straight talk about end of life health care

Chicago Tribne

“For the seriously ill or elderly – and even those who aren’t – not expressing your wishes and desires about health care at the end of life comes with risks,” writes Daniel Pendick.

APCA: ‘Use digital media to raise awareness of palliative care’

ehospice Africa

As part of ehospice’s series on ‘raising awareness of palliative care’, Dr Emmanuel Luyirika and Steve Hynd from the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) write about the importance of using digital media to raise awareness of palliative care.

Raising awareness of children’s palliative care – looking for champions

ehospice International children’s edition

As part of ehospice’s series on ‘raising awareness of palliative care’, in this article we take a look at the vital role that champions, such as the Duchess of Cambridge, play in advocating for and raising awareness of children’s palliative care.

Defusing a ticking time bomb: improving the quality and delivery of home care in Australia

ehospice Australia

A discussion paper on priorities for reform and key recommendations for improving the quality and delivery of home care services in Australia, was launched at Parliament House, Canberra on 18 March.

CaSIPO launch: ensuring quality of life and dignity when battling illness

ehospice South Africa

A new grant is to provide capacity building assistance to support and strengthen the integration of care and support services within the broader health system, and to strengthen community systems and organisations to ensure the provision of a continuum of comprehensive care and support services (palliative care).

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