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.
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.
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.
Report on the 34 students who graduated recently with a diploma in palliative care from Hospice Uganda.
Beckers Hospital Review
A study has identified four risk factors that could signal potentially avoidable readmissions due to end of life care issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Sometimes the best intervention is just to let it go,” writes Rob Brandt, emergency physician and a columnist for ACEP News.
It’s OK to Die
Thomas Lorenz writes about death stereotypes.
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?
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.
Human Rights Watch lauds Government of India for amending NDPS Act, improving access to pain medicines.
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 aims to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation in the hope of increasing those conversations between our loved ones.