World media roundup – 30 July 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Nurse consultant joins London hospice in community role

UK – Nursing Times

St Joseph’s Hospice has appointed its second nurse consultant to boost access to palliative care in community settings.

Insurers play growing role in palliative care expansion

US – The Oncology Report (subscription required)

Health plans are starting to expand their coverage of palliative care, offering higher payments to physicians who meet certain standards or paying for home care for a wider range of seriously ill patients.

Tools for planning end of life care are varied, untested: study

Reuters Health

Many tools exist to help introduce people to the subject of advanced care planning, but they vary widely in what they offer and how accessible they are, according to a new research review.

25 million older Americans have experienced unwanted or excessive medical treatment

US – HealthNewsDigest

A new poll also reveals that older Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients’ end of life healthcare wishes.

Getting hospice care shouldn’t have to mean giving up

US – npr

Article on the experimental Medicare Care Choices Model, where people with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure or AIDS will be able to receive a range of hospice services, even as they continue to see their regular health providers for treatment of the illness.

Is dying a mental health issue?


Should a dying patient talking to a psychiatrist be diagnosed with adjustment disorder related to death?

The suicide certificate: a modest solution?

Sunrise Rounds blog

Dr James Salwitz proposes creating ‘The Suicide Certificate’, a legal checklist, which once complete would allow the individual to die by their own hand, but in a controlled and definite manner.

‘HIV global death estimates are wrong’

The Guardian – Global development professionals network

The researcher behind a recent Lancet study says we have overestimated the AIDS epidemic and underestimated malaria deaths.

Urbanisation of rural Africa associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes

Health Canal

The increasing urbanisation of rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa could lead to an explosion in incidences of heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study carried out in Uganda.

Counselling passion led me to palliative care

ehospice Kenya

Feature about Mary Otieno, who was selected to attend palliative training organized by Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA).

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