Romania- This is Kent
The Queen in her New Year’s Honours List appointed Graham Perolls the Order of the Companion of St Michael and St George for his services to hospice and palliative care in Eastern Europe.
China- China Daily
A recent survey shows that more than two-thirds of Chinese have an open and tolerant attitude toward euthanasia, which has long been debated – and banned – in the country.
India- Pallium India Newsletter
Losing another chance to relieve pain and suffering among India’s millions, Parliament adjourned sine die amidst political turmoil, failing to take up an amendment of India’s Narcotics Act. It is very unlikely that there will be another session of Parliament during the term of the current government and pending bills become null and void at the start of a new administration.
Europe- EAPC Blog
Professor Augusto Caraceni, Former Vice-president of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), Vice-chair of the EAPC Research Network and Medical Director, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy, shares his thoughts on the importance of research.
In an effort to improve awareness about hospice and palliative care, a year-long ‘blitz’ by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization starts this month, with a grassroots campaign to get stories from hospice patients and their families.
US- News Medical
A study based on the reflections of third-year medical students is shedding light on the struggle physicians in training often face when trying to control their own emotions while not becoming desensitized to the needs of the dying patient and his or her family.
US- Oncology Nurse Advisor
Although the vast majority of physicians participating in a multiregional study indicated that they would personally enroll in hospice care if they received a terminal cancer diagnosis, less than one-third would discuss hospice care early in the course of treating a terminally ill patient with cancer.
US- New America Media
Caring for people at the end of life can be filled with blessings, meaningful experiences and peace of mind, but also exhaustion that can lead to depletion. We know the toll that caregiving takes on families during short- or long-term illnesses. However, hospice workers often experience the same stresses on a daily basis.
Iran, US- Herald News
Technology has allowed family in Iran to watch the final hours of Sanaz Nezami, who died in a US hospital.
US- Kevin MD blog
The Harvard Criteria for brain death were written in 1968. That is 45 years ago. The author asks: Why are we still debating this in court?