World media roundup – 19 May 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Effectiveness of a palliative home care team: How are we doing?


Dr Mirko Riolfi, Palliative Care Unit, Local Health Authority No. 5, Veneto Region, Italy, explains the background to a longer article that is published in this month’s Palliative Medicine.

CMA debate on end of life care goes virtual

The Canadian Medical Association’s national dialogue on end of life care went virtual last week, as CMA President Dr Louis Hugo Francescutti led a wide-ranging online discussion.

No more suffering in silence – advocating for access to palliative care in Zimbabwe!

SAfAIDS, in partnership with African Palliative Care Association (APCA), ran a two-day training course on the current status of palliative care in Zimbabwe and the need to advocate for access to palliative care and HIV services in the country.

‘Right to try’ laws spur debate over dying patients’ access to experimental drugs

Washington Post

Three states in America are to give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs without the blessing of the Food and Drug Administration, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy battle over who should decide whether a drug is too risky to try.

Hospice inpatient care units more cost-efficient than ICU stays for terminally ill

US- Becker’s Hospital Review

Transferring terminally ill patients from the intensive care unit to dedicated hospice care units may result in lower ICU bed days and overall costs, according to a study in Critical Care Medicine.

Unneeded cancer care is rare, study finds

US- HealthDay News

Cancer patients rarely demand or receive unnecessary tests and treatments, a new study says.

“Palliative chemotherapy” – a term that should be laid to rest


Blog post about the use of the term ‘palliative chemotherapy’ and whether it is misused and mis-understood by doctors and patients.

What does dignity mean to patients?

Kevin MD

Jessie Gruman, founder and president of the Center for Advancing Health, ponders the meaning of the word ‘dignity’.

Free online human rights and palliative care resource updated

ehospice Africa

The Health and Human Rights Resource Guide that contains a comprehensive chapter of Palliative Care and Human Rights has been updated is now available online for free.

New national hospice awareness campaign kicks off in US

ehospice USA

NHPCO has launched “Moments of Life”, a new campaign which uses patients’ and families’ stories to show that hospice is about more than death – it’s about living.

Dementia Awareness Week: A glorious opportunity?

ehospice UK

At the start of Dementia Awareness Week in the UK, ehospice highlights Glorious Opportunities, a website created by a former GP, forced to retire with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which contains resources aimed at helping professionals what it is like to live with dementia.

Be My Voice

ehospice Australia

A new campaign “Be my Voice” has been launched to promote the importance of advance care planning. As part of the campaign a new website provides stories of people’s experiences and steps to starting an advance care plan.

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