World Media Roundup – 22 December 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Most terminal patients choose treatment over hospice care

The Korea Herald
Nearly all patients suffering from late-stage cancer actively fight the disease rather than choose hospice care, a report by a state-run institute has found.

SVYM palliative care unit, a ray of hope for many

The Hindu
The home-based care programme extended by Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement’s (SVYM) palliative care has helped 318 patients from economically poor backgrounds suffering from terminal illness, curable and chronic ailments.

Medical treatment or basic care for the terminally ill?

Times of Malta
Mark Vassallo, who recently obtained an MA in Bioethics from the University of Malta, examines in his dissertation ethical issues in end of life care in geriatrics.

German ethics body rejects organized assisted suicide

Deutsche Welle
The German Ethics Council says it in principle rejects medically assisted suicide in the case of terminally ill patients.

Modi government to push for passive euthanasia

India Today
The Narendra Modi government’s decision to decriminalise attempt to suicide by deleting Section 309 of the IPC from the statute book has made a strong case for allowing passive euthanasia.

‘Hospice? I’m way better than that’: The human touch of palliative care

US – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A UPMC doctor has been a driving force in promoting quality of life for people with serious illness. The logical and low-tech medical treatment is valued by hospitals and patients alike.

When death is near, plain talk by doctors can lessen patients’ confusion, pain

Canada – National Post
Rather than telling someone their mother is ‘seriously ill’, why not explain gently that the woman is dying, asks Dr Workman, on a mission to transform the language around end of life.

Predictors of spiritual care provision for patients with dementia at the end of life as perceived by physicians: a prospective study

7th Space
Spiritual caregiving is part of palliative care and may contribute to well being at the end of life. However, it is a neglected area in the care and treatment of patients with dementia.

Living with dying

“Many people’s greatest fear is of getting a terminal disease with a likely long, painful ending. The following explores how one might successfully deal with it.”

Palliative care in Kenya is discussed at the 3rd International Kenya Society of Haematology and Oncology Conference

ehospice Kenya
It is important to discuss palliative care with audiences that deal with patients facing life threatening illnesses. The Kenya Society of Haematology and Oncology (KESHO) offered the opportunity in one of the workshops held during their conference.

New study shows benefits of home-based palliative care

ehospice USA
Research published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine finds that home-based palliative care programs may achieve cost savings while helping provide care across the continuum.

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