“Germany may become one of the first countries in Europe to implement advance care planning on a national scale,” write Prof Georg Marckmann and Dr Jürgen in der Schmitten.
Allie Shukraft, pediatric palliative care social worker, and Lizzy Miles, geriatrics hospice social worker, discuss their wish lists for additional research to support their respective social work practices.
Qatar – Gulf Times
Hamad Medical Corporation has opened a new ten-bed supportive and palliative care unit at the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR).
Part of the funding from the European Commission will be used by Croatia for the construction of a palliative care centre.
End of life planning for terminal cancer patients doesn’t exacerbate feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, according to a new study.
US – New America Media
For Nigerian Americans, opting for all possible medical treatments for ailing parents is normal.
US – The Huffington Post
The federal government rarely punishes hospices that violate its health and safety rules, an examination by The Huffington Post reveals.
Australia – Medical News Today
The Australian Medical Association is urging Australians to make a New Year’s Resolution to have the difficult conversations about end of life care.
A meta-analysis covering more than one million patients with cancer has identified several factors that make these patients more likely to visit the emergency department in their last month of life.
US – UGA Today
Researchers in the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs are to evaluate whether prescription drug monitoring programs in place in most states are keeping patients who need opioids from receiving them.
A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to die by lethal injection next Sunday following a ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia, local media reported.
India – Washington Post
Last month, India adopted a landmark Supreme Court decision to allow “passive euthanasia” for patients who are in a permanent vegetative state or are declared brain-dead.
The Globe and Mail
“Canadians have become increasingly prudish about the language of mortality. Instead of dying, people ‘breathe their last’ or ‘pass away’ – most of them peacefully, often after a heroic struggle.”
The Huffington Post
Dr Karen M. Wyatt suggests hosting a movie night, featuring a film that will introduce the subject of end of life, to get your loved ones in the mood to talk about death and dying.
‘If only once, if only for a little while” is a comic about loss, coping, and the ways we deal with grief.
The Australian right to die campaigner Philip Nitschke is to perform stand-up comedy at this years Edinburgh Fringe.