World media roundup – 3 December 2013

Categories: In The Media.

Children at Paphos hospice in dire need

In Cyprus

Dozens of children in Paphos have been left without necessary treatment after the Interior Ministry decided to reassign the building which housed the day centre for children with special needs.

1,400 kids with life-limiting conditions

Irish Health

Experts from Ireland and abroad attended the country’s first major conference on children’s palliative care in Dublin at the weekend. Currently in Ireland, some 1,400 children are living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition.

What do we know about bereavement care in palliative and hospice services across Europe?


Irene Murphy and Orla Keegan, co-chairs of the European Association for Palliative Care Task Force on Bereavement Care, write about their research into this question.

Dying with dignity: how to spend your last days at home with palliative care

The Huffington Post Canada – blog

“A good palliative team will be able to coordinate the necessary care while still providing the emotional support for the patient and the family,” writes Eva Zatrak.

Researchers, doctors making strides in palliative care

Canada- Leap Magazine

The Edmonton model has been influential worldwide. “We’ve achieved world recognition for a community-based, comprehensive, integrated, co-ordinated palliative care program,” says Dr Konrad Fassbender.

End of life on TV: coming to a cable station near you

US- Journal of Palliative Medicine

“If you had told me a year ago that there would be two cable series on ageing and the end of life, I would have told you you were crazy. Yet that is the situation as of last month,” writes Marian Grant.

Integrating palliative care into nursing homes: challenges and opportunities

US- Health Affairs blog

The post is the first in a periodic Health Affairs Blog series on palliative care, health policy and health reform.

For one young Latino, cancer means never give up

US- New America Media

Feature on benefits of palliative care and misconceptions in Latino community. Access to hospice for the terminally ill is complicated among Latinos because of cultural issues, “they think that home palliative care hastens death. So we badly needed to get out, educate and build trust.”

Questions that lead to more questions

Australia- Dying Matters blog

Robyn Stitt is a complementary therapist, specialising in Kinesiology, who has also worked as a radiation therapist for more than 25 years. She has recently begun volunteering in the complementary care section of her local hospice and palliative care service in South Australia, where she lives. Her focus is now care over treatment.

The importance of sex in the midst of a cancer diagnosis

Kevin MD

“It occurs to me that I talk to my patients more about death and dying, than about sex,” writes James C. Salwitz.

Doctors “Showing others the way”? It’s hard for us, too

Commentary on the New York Times article “How doctors die: in coming to grips with their own mortality, they are showing the way for others”.

Young adults up against the system

ehospice International children’s edition

Dr Karen Cook, Assistant Professor at McMaster University in Canada, has researched young adult perspectives on transitioning from paediatric to adult palliative care services. Her research shows that gaps in adult services leave this population vulnerable and unable to access palliative support.

What’s App Doc: New pain app for GPs

ehospice Australia

A new smartphone app has been developed to help general practitioners diagnose pain.

Which way from Here? Navigation competencies for the care of older rural adults at the end of life

ehospice Canada

This discussion paper, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Planning Grant, seeks to develop health care provider navigation competencies to better support older Canadians living in rural communities.

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