ANZSPM Newsletter, March 2014
The Australian and New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine has developed a position statement on quality end of life care.
For the first time, Japan is trying to hold down the number of bedbound elderly people kept alive, sometimes for years, by feeding tubes.
New Democratic Party of Canada
Yesterday, parliamentarians began a debate on M-456, an NDP motion to establish a pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end of life care.
US- The Dartmouth
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center received an anonymous $10 million donation, the largest gift in the hospital’s history, earmarked for a new palliative and hospice care center which is set to open in 2017.
PROLONG: a cluster controlled trial to examine identification of patients with COPD with poor prognosis and implementation of proactive palliative care
This trial used a set of indicators to identify COPD patients with poor prognosis before initiating a multi-disciplinary approach to proactive palliative care, with support of a specialised palliative care team.
US- Medical Xpress
A record number of elderly people in the US are completing living wills to guide end of life medical treatments – up from 47% in 2000 to 72% in 2010 – according to new research.
“I don’t need my patients’ opinion to withdraw treatment”: patient preferences at the end of life and physician attitudes towards advance directives in England and France
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
This paper presents the results of a qualitative interview study exploring English and French physicians’ moral perspectives and attitudes towards end of life decisions when patients lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.
The National Advance Care Planning in Canada initiative is challenging Canadians to tell their stories on 16 April 2014 – National Advance Care Planning Day.
ehospice International children’s edition
Josh Stanley, along with his brothers, has developed a non-psychotropic strain of marijuana for the treatment of a number of childhood conditions, including epilepsy.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the hospice community honoured some of its own during NHPCO’s 29th Annual Management and Leadership Conference.
ehospice South Africa
Last year, MSF and the Essential Medicines Access Campaign wrote a DR-TB Manifesto detailing the need for better diagnostics, treatment and commitment to combat DR-TB.