Multiple sclerosis and palliative care – perceptions of severely affected multiple sclerosis patients and their health professionals
Germany- 7th Space
A study in Germany has found that most MS patients are unfamiliar with the term ‘palliative care’, or are only aware of it in relation to cancer, and did not view it as relevant to themselves.
People with terminal illness have the right to refuse to eat and drink and receive palliative care if they wish to die, argues world renowned ethicist Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu.
New research suggests that mindfulness meditation may help teenagers with cancer cope with symptoms, illuminating a new palliative care strategy.
Gundersen Medical Foundation
Gundersen Medical Foundation’s carefully developed advanced care planning program, Respecting Choices, will be the model used in a six-nation, $8.5 million European Union study of how to talk to patients and their families about end of life care.
A new study finds coordinated care reduces the risk of complications and hospital costs.
US- Science Codex
Some doctors are too quick to prescribe antidepressants to parents who have suffered the death of a child either during pregnancy or within the first month of life, according to a new study published in the journal Death Studies.
The Malta Independent
Malta has been ranked 3rd in the EU in the area of palliative care and 5th in terms of prevention, a score similar to that achieved by Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Cyprus.
According to the Portuguese palliative care association, around 90% of the population that needs palliative care in Portugal goes without.
“Dr Sankha Mitra combines vision and management skills to roll out ambitious programs, as has been demonstrated by his North East India Initiative in Palliative Care,” writes Pallium India.
Australia- News Mail
Indigenous Australian children are 36% more likely to die within five years of a cancer diagnosis than non-indigenous Australian children, a landmark new report has found.
South Africa- Times Live
Fewer South Africans are dying each year, but the number of them dying from lifestyle-related diseases is reaching almost epidemic proportions.
Article by Fran Smith, co-author of ‘Changing the way we die: compassionate end of life care and the hospice movement’ and the ‘Changing the way we die’ blog on Psychology Today.
Gay Star News
Vernita Gray and wife Patricia Ewert were first same-sex couple to marry in the state last November after ruling by a federal judge.
Hospice Action Network and NHPCO are bringing together thought leaders representing all sides of the ‘Length of Stay’ debate for an open conversation about the complex issue from the policy, clinical and patient perspectives.
Steve Hynd from the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) writes for ehospice about how easy it is to get a palliative care message to go viral.
The need to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care is vital if everyone with a life-limiting illness or at the end of their life is to receive the best possible care.