World media roundup – 22 January 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Diagnosing dying in cancer patients

EAPC blog

Franzisca Domeisen Benedetti, Sociologist and Research Assistant, Centre for Palliative Care, Cantonal Hospital St Gallen, Switzerland, explains the background to a systematic literature review about the signs and symptoms of people close to death.

Study: Telemedicine not optimal for palliative care


Telemedicine is not preferable for optimal palliative care, though patients do have a positive attitude toward using it, a new study finds.

Cancer diagnosis doesn’t increase a child’s risk of post-traumatic stress disorder

Health Canal

Despite being diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, childhood cancer patients are no more likely than their healthy peers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Basic hospice strategies can make last days of dying inpatients more comfortable and dignified

News Medical

Training hospital and nursing home staff in the basics of palliative care can make the last days of a dying patient’s life as comfortable and dignified as possible.

Cancer: Kenya’s preventable killer

The Guardian

Prevention and screening are luxuries the Kenyan healthcare system doesn’t offer, leaving most cancer cases undiagnosed.

Better preparation could improve the quality of death– and life– for terminal patients

Scientific American

Research suggests that physicians and hospitals can do more to determine patient preferences and ensure quality of life.

Twitter and cancer patients: What to make of the outrage?


Blog post in reponse to an editorial published in the Guardian entitled, ‘Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?’

The benefits of a business plan

ehospice International children’s edition

The second in a series of four articles exploring the importance of strategic planning, business plan development and implementation, performance management and measurement and rewards and recognition.

Funding campaign for Happy Feet Children’s Hospice

ehospice International childrens’ edition

Happy Feet Children’s Hospice was founded by Mansi Shah and Abhishek Tatiya, two young entrepreneurs from Mumbai. They report on developments towards reaching their goal of opening the very first hospice for the children of India.

“End of life care needs the entire community’s attention”

ehospice Australia

Leaders in Australian healthcare identify end of life care as a key priority in 2014.

Hospitals may be discharging XDR-TB patients too soon – study

ehospice South Africa

A shortage of beds may be forcing hospitals to discharge patients with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) before they are cured and a minority may be unwittingly infecting others, according to new research by Cape Town and Stellenbosch universities.

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