World media roundup – 24 February 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Official complaint lodged against leading Belgian euthanasia doctor

Belgium- Bioedge

After 11 years of participation in euthanasia, an official complaint has been lodged with the Belgian Medical Association against the leading practitioner in Belgium, Dr Wim Distelmans.

Palliative care: why I moved from nursing to research

UK- The Guardian

The global challenge of improving end of life care led Catherine Walshe to leave clinical practice and find new fulfilment in an academic career.

Hospital of last resort in Pakistan faces closure

Pakistan- Mercury News

As wealthy donors and foreign benefactors fled the violence and unrest, so too did the endowments that St Joseph’s Hospice relies on to treat some 100 patients who visit daily.

Hospice Uganda provided the training for the health workers

Urban TV

Report on the 34 students who graduated recently with a diploma in palliative care from Hospice Uganda.

Study: 15% of avoidable readmissions linked to end of life care Issues

Beckers Hospital Review

A study has identified four risk factors that could signal potentially avoidable readmissions due to end of life care issues.

Palliative care gains favor as it lowers costs

Wall Street Journal

Insurers are establishing programs that give the sickest patients the chance to receive extra care for their pain, suffering and emotional needs, in a move that turns out to cut spending substantially.

‘I know I’m going to have a good death’: Why palliative care matters

The Globe and Mail

The reluctance of governments to fund palliative care is puzzling. About two-thirds of Canadians die in hospital, where a bed costs about $1,000 a day to operate; a palliative care bed costs less than half that amount.

NBC’s Dr Nancy Snyderman shares her family’s end of life discussions

Stanford School of Medicine

In a recent episode of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Chief Medical Editor Dr Nancy Snyderman talks about end of life conversations.

Bono to write about his dad in new essay collection

Star Pulse

U2 star Bono has written a new essay about his father to help raise funds for the hospice where the rocker’s dad spent the last weeks of his life in 2001.

Letting go can be the hardest thing in the world


“Sometimes the best intervention is just to let it go,” writes Rob Brandt, emergency physician and a columnist for ACEP News.

Death: fighting it or embracing it?

It’s OK to Die

Thomas Lorenz writes about death stereotypes.

Should we be mindful of mindfulness?

The Guardian

It has been prescribed by the NHS for depression since 2004 but recently mindfulness has spawned a whole industry of evening classes and smartphone apps. What is the evidence that the practice – part meditation, part CBT – works?

RCGP announces continued opposition to change in law on assisted dying

ehospice UK

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is to remain opposed to any change in the law on assisted dying, following one of the most comprehensive consultations of its members.

India: Major breakthrough for pain patients- Human Rights Watch

ehospice India

Human Rights Watch lauds Government of India for amending NDPS Act, improving access to pain medicines.

History of Opium: from an addictive substance to pain relieving medicine

ehospcie India

Dr Nandini V writes about the history of opium cultivation and trade in India, opium wars, recognition of its use as a pain relieving medicine, and the evolution of NDPS act.

DonateLife Week kicks off around Australia

ehospice Australia 

DonateLife Week aims to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation in the hope of increasing those conversations between our loved ones.

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