World media roundup – 20 January 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Indian patients deprived of opioid benefits, say experts

The Times of India

The government’s negligence regarding simplification of the rules and regulations for procurement of opioids for palliative care is an issue of concern, says professor Anil Agrawal, a leading name in the field of palliative care.

JIPMER set to focus on specialised palliative care

The Times of India

JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research) in Puducherry is to establish structured courses for palliative care.

City Corp ‘careless’ on care-givers

The New Indian Express

Palliative care nurses under the five sectors where the City Corporation has launched its palliative care activities, named ‘Santhwanam’, have not been paid the honorarium to which they are entitled for the past three months.

Caring for LGBT seniors

US- Life Matters Media

Part one of this series examines the problems and discrimination that many older LGBT people face.

Hospitalization often avoidable in GI cancers

US- Medpage Today

An oncologist’s advice to consider hospice care significantly increased the likelihood of avoidable hospitalization among patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancers, a retrospective review of patient records showed.

Antibiotics in hospice


The role of antibiotics in hospice is far from clear-cut, writes Alex Smith.

As parents age, Asian-Americans struggle to obey a cultural code

US- New York Times

Article which highlights the need for culturally competent elder care services for Asian-Americans.

Doctors unclear on advance care planning laws

Australia Ageing Agencda

Many doctors are confused about the legality of advance care directives and the authority of substitute decision-makers, leaving them open to possible legal action, new research has found.

Rethinking palliative care

Australia- SBS

A new project has been launched in the Chinese, Italian, Maltese, Turkish and Vietnamese communities, to help  change perceptions that palliative care is only for the end of life.

Unnecessary palpitations over palliative care

US- Reuters blog

Debra Sherman writes about the differences between hospice and palliative care in the US.

Is there a role for physician activism on Facebook?


As a physician, it is difficult to draw the line on Facebook between providing advice based on years of education and training, and just letting people remain ignorant, writes Andrea Paul.

How to make decisions about death for a loved one

San Francisco Chronicle

Making medical decisions for a loved one who is no longer able to speak for themselves is very common and often very complex.

Arab countries living longer but battling chronic disease

Health Canal

Countries in the Arab world – from Saudi Arabia to Mauritania to Yemen – have made some significant health gains over the past two decades, but the rise of chronic diseases and diet-related risk factors threatens that progress.

NHPCO Welcomes Board Members for 2014

ehospice USA

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization welcomes new individuals to the organization’s board of directors. NHPCO will host its first board meeting of the year on January 23, 2014.

Life, Lemons and Lemonade

ehospice South Africa

How do you deal with the pain when you suddenly lose a loved-one in a very short space of time – when someone is diagnosed and dies two weeks later or has just started with the first course of treatment and dies within six day thereafter. 

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