World media roundup – 21 July 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative medicine: Now a medical specialty in 18 European countries

EAPC blog

Dr Carlos Centeno, University of Navarra, Spain, explains the background to a new report, drawn up by the EAPC Task Force on the Process of Specialisation in Palliative Medicine in Europe.

Programs bring innovation to palliative and end of life care

American Hospital Association

Three programs that expand the reach of palliative and end of life care will be recognised as the 2014 recipients of the AHA’s Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End of Life Care.

Palliative care: we are the quarterbacks of our care

The Palliative Pulse

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has produced a film about Amy’s story, as a reminder of how palliative care empowers patients and families to align their goals of care with those of their clinicians.

Assisted dying bill is a chance to focus our debate on quality not quantity of life

The Conversation

“We need to do more to ease the pain and suffering of terminally ill patients and allow people to die comfortably, with dignity, and at peace,” writes Katherine Sleeman, Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at King’s College London.

Dr Harsh Vardhan calls for euthanasia debate

The Times of India

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan has said there should not be any rush to decide on euthanasia and efforts should be made for a national consensus on it.

AIDS 2014 opening ceremony honours Flight MH17 dead with drive to end AIDS by 2030

aids map

The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) opened in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday evening overshadowed by the deaths of 298 passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Witness: Deaf, and shut out from HIV information

Human Rights Watch

An estimated two million people with disabilities in Zambia face significant barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and treatment, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, “We Are Also Dying of AIDS.”

How police can arrest the spread of HIV

Open Society Foundations

A novel approach to law enforcement may prove as critical to HIV prevention as a condom or clean needle. Through partnerships with HIV experts and community groups, police from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan are realizing their role in the fight against HIV.

‘Forcing ventilator on dying is assault’

The Times of India

Taking the right call on an end of life decision is vital to provide relief to terminally-ill patients with no hope of recovery so that scarce resources are diverted to those who can be saved, says critical care specialist RK Mani.

The CPR we don’t see on TV

The New York Times – Well blog

Some argue that in patients with very low likelihood of returning to a reasonable quality of life, CPR leads to an unnecessarily prolonged and painful death.

From resuscitation to assisted dying – medicine has lost its way

ehospice UK

As the House of Lords debates the Assisted Dying Bill, Dr Ros Taylor, Hospice Director at The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, argues against the proposed new legislation.

Pathways to resilience in families of children in palliative care

ehospice International children’s edition

Rise Shemilt, a Paediatric Palliative Care Social Worker at The Gaddum Centre in Manchester, UK, provides practical information about pathways to resilience in families of children receiving palliative care.

Celebrating Nelson Mandela Day: HPCA staff gives 67 minutes to children’s home

ehospice South Africa

The Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) staff celebrated Mandela Day on 15 July 2014 by giving 67 minutes of their time to the Linawo Children’s Home in Pinelands, Cape Town.

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