ASCO, in collaboration with international oncology societies, hosts International Palliative Care Workshops (IPCWs) designed to teach participants about palliative care best practices. This year, ASCO plans to hold IPCWs in India, Morocco, and Nepal.
France – BioEdge
The French parliament opened a long-awaited debate on euthanasia this week. President Francois Hollande and the Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, both support liberalising the law at least to allow terminal sedation “to allow people to depart peacefully and without suffering”.
The debate over whether euthanasia should be legalized in China has become heated after an application by a couple in Anhui Province for their injured one-year-old son was rejected.
US – The Atlantic
The critical role of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life – at any age
US – PR Web
HospiceTalk is an innovative new information portal that allows families to get answers to all their questions about hospice, directly from people working in the field.
Canada – National Post
This second of a three-part series examines living while dying: How to improve the quality of life until the last breath.
A better death: part three – In the face of a debilitating disease like ALS, patients often seek control over what will happen
US – The New York Times
The word doula, Greek for ‘woman who serves’, is usually associated with those who assist in childbirth. But increasingly, doulas are helping people with leaving the world as well.
US – Huffington Post
If you would like to work toward better end of life care, here are some action steps you can take to begin the forward momentum right now, in your own surroundings.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for reform, admitting that it was too slow to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Research is necessary to improve clinical care. But how much actually does? How much of the research that is done in palliative care ultimately improves outcomes for patients, families and society?