World Media Roundup – 25 September 2014

Categories: In The Media.

EU health ministers to promote palliative care, pain therapy

China Development Gateway

The European Union (EU) health ministers pledged to further promote the use of palliative care and pain therapy in the EU member states during a two-day informal meeting in Milan.

Institute of Medicine Says End-of-Life Care Must Be National Priority

US –

A person-centered, family-oriented approach honoring individual preferences and promoting quality of life through the end of life should be a national priority, says a new report from the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine.

New Yorker Cartoonist Illustrates End-Of-Life Care In New Memior

US – Radio Boston

As has been said about life, “none of us gets out of here alive.” Given that, why is it so hard for so many of us to talk about the end of life? That’s one of the big questions in Roz Chast’s new memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” about her parents at the end of their lives.

Physicians Are Talking: Why Should We Assist in Suicide?


Legislation making its way through the United Kingdom’s House of Lords has drawn international attention to the issue of physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill adults.

Why palliative care should be part of Alzheimer’s care

US – Neighbourhood Extra

Chronic, degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s, progress on a generally known path to the conclusion of the disease and the victim’s life. With a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, it is important for the person with the disease to plan for end-of-life care while still able to do so. Acknowledging and planning for the disease’s progression enables self-determination and relieves family members from having to make emergency room decisions as well as some challenging daily care choices.

Improving palliative care data collection: joint statement from PHE and NHS England

Joint statement from PHE and NHS England on plans for improving palliative care data. Working with the National Council for Palliative Care, Help the Hospices and the Cicely Saunders Institute.

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