World Media Roundup – 22 August 2014

Categories: In The Media.

As more hospices enrol patients who aren’t dying, questions about lethal doses arise

US – The Washington Post

The hospice industry is booming, but concerns are rising about treatments for patients who aren’t near death.

“Not accepting death impedes palliative care in Botswana”

Botswana – Anglican News

Pearl Ncube, manager at Holy Cross Hospice, has revealed that a culture of not accepting death as a natural process is preventing people in Botswana getting palliative care.

What would legal assisted dying look like in SA?

South Africa – News24 (video)

Dignity SA’s Helen Dolny talks us through what the process of legalising assisted dying would look like in South Africa

Food and the dying patient

The New York Times – Well blog

“In the face of death, food and hope are highly seductive. But once again, I was left wondering: Does our need to feed our dying loved ones blind us to what’s really best for them?”

DNR means ‘do not treat’ … and other end of life care myths

US – Emergency Physicians Monthly

Emergency care at the end of life is shrouded in myth and misinformation. Debunking these five fallacies will help improve end of life care and communication between professionals and patients.

How we cope with a cancer diagnosis starts in childhood

KevinMD

“Many factors determine how we will cope with the end of our lives. Nonetheless, it seems to me that one of the most critical factors is the base on which we are built, how we are raised.”

Missed opportunities give leverage to cancer

KevinMD

“The misery of advanced cancer compounded by the emotional anguish of regret, or words unsaid, or missed opportunity is a very hard thing to witness, and gives the disease leverage it shouldn’t be afforded.”

Physician perspective on end of life issues fully aired

ehospice Canada

Access to palliative care services rather than medical aid in dying was the priority for many delegates speaking during a second consecutive year of extensive discussion at General Council on end of life care.

Higher mortality rates among Australia’s rural population

ehospice Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Mortality Inequalities in Australia, reveals that many deaths can be considered either preventable or treatable.

Famously charitable – why charities still need celebrity support

ehospice UK

Rachel Braier, PR & Celebrity Manager at Haven House Children’s Hospice, writes about the importance of celebrity support for smaller charities such as hospices.

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