World media roundup – 20 February 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Emerging subspecialties in neurology: palliative care


Commentary on the importance of palliative care in treating patients with neurologic injuries and diseases – such as stroke, MS, Parkinson and muscular dystrophies – and on the unique aspects of palliative care in this field.

Early palliative care for patients with advanced cancer: a cluster-randomised controlled trial

The Lancet

Report on a Canadian study which assessed the effect of early palliative care in patients with advanced cancer on several aspects of quality of life.

Palliative care in Brazil: sharing the learning in Barretos


Starting a week of posts from Brazil, Camila Crovador, Research Coordinator, Center for Research Support at Barretos Cancer Hospital, reports on the 3rd Symposium on Palliative Care in Barretos, Brazil.

When is the right time to die?


“I’m not longer so certain that choosing a quick, efficient death is selfless and honorable,” writes K.D. Hayes, a retired paramedic.

Death closure

Sunrise Rounds

Opinion piece on ‘death closure’ – an understanding of one’s mortality and a peaceful acquiescence to reality.

Palliative care and the human connection

Canada- Ottawa Citizen

Video of Dr Diane E. Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), on the ten important steps in palliative care from over a decade of research.

A gentle guide at life’s end

Review Journal

Next month Dr Warren Wheeler will be among 30 palliative care specialists from across the country who will be honored as “visionaries” in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

Latest AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Profile in Innovation now available


The latest installment in AAHPM’s bimonthly series – Hospice and Palliative Medicine Profiles in Innovation – focuses on how a commitment to innovation at The Denver Hospice led to the development of Option Health Services, a forward-looking, multisetting palliative care program.

Euthanasia for children in Belgium

ABC Law Report

Belgium has become the first country in the world to allow euthanasia for a child of any age. What will this mean and what has been put in place to protect children?

“I want to die because I love life”

Spain- El Pais

Terminal cancer sufferer José Luis had to fight the system before he could get access to sedation that would end his suffering

Court approves lifesaving procedure for infant against parents’ wishes

Israel- Haaretz

Parents of 2-year-old with muscular dystrophy sought to disconnect her respirator; judge sides with hospital to permit tracheotomy.

Quebec’s end of life decision

ehospice Canada

Quebec will make a decision today about whether or not physician-assisted suicide will legalized in the province.

CMA hitting the road to sound out Canadians on end of life issues

ehospice Canada

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) will be travelling across the country over the next three months to find out what Canadians think about end-of-life issues in a national dialogue.

You don’t need to care to be a nurse

ehospice Australia

Mark Downey asks “do you need to care to be a nurse?”

Three ways to make cancer care more affordable

ehospice USA

Better decision-making and end of life care planning, such as using palliative care sooner in the disease process, transitioning to hospice and having earlier talks with patients about chemotherapy can reduce the cost of cancer care.

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