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.
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.
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.
US – Boise weekly
Caregivers look to clear Idaho’s cultural barriers.
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.
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.
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.
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?