World Media Roundup – 29 January 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Putting palliative care on the global health agenda

The Lancet Oncology [Free – registration required]

Palliative care – defined by WHO as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering” – has been largely absent from the global health dialogue and consequently a low priority for donor investment. However, an important opportunity has opened to push palliative care up the global health agenda.

Advanced dementia patients need better access to end of life care

US – Clinical Neurology News

Patients with advanced dementia should have increased access to comprehensive care wherever they live, including the facilities in which they spend the last months of their lives, a federal health care advisory panel has recommended.

Opinions about euthanasia and advanced dementia: a qualitative study among Dutch physicians and members of the general public

The Netherlands – 7th Space

The Dutch law states that a physician may perform euthanasia according to a written advance euthanasia directive (AED) when a patient is incompetent as long as all legal criteria of due care are met. This may also hold for patients with advanced dementia.

Respeto. Confianza. Familismo

US – Boise weekly

Caregivers look to clear Idaho’s cultural barriers.

Can we learn anything from Japanese study of cancer news reporting?

Japan – Health News Review

A new analysis, ‘How do medical journalists treat cancer-related issues?’  was published in the journal: ‘ecancer medical science’ by Japanese researchers looking at Japanese news coverage.

Solving wicked problems: lessons on systems change from diverse fields

Open Society Foundations

Three Open Society Fellows discuss how they have supported complex systems reform to address some of society’s most intractable challenges. Combining perspectives from three movements – disability rights, workers’ rights, and global health – the panelists draw lessons that can be applied across a range of issues and sketch out common approaches that can be used by advocates across the globe.

Training for hospice workers in the use of music

ehospice Canada

Music can be a beautiful and important component of hospice care. Some basic training in music care can open a wide range of possibilities for even the most musically inexperienced hospice worker.

Making the most of mobile technology: To app or not?

ehospice USA

There is no doubt that smartphones and tablets are revolutionizing the way we do business. With a computer in your pocket, you can now access the Internet anytime from anywhere. What’s not to love?

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