World Media Roundup – 5 January 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Advance care planning in German nursing homes – on target for nationwide implementation?

EAPC blog
“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.

Mind the gap: specialty social workers’ request for research

Pallimed blog
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.

New ten-bed supportive and palliative care unit opens

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).

Croatian health system to get EU grants worth EUR 250 million

dalje.com
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 does not make cancer patients hopeless or anxious

Reuters Health
End of life planning for terminal cancer patients doesn’t exacerbate feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, according to a new study.

Growing awareness of end of life care among Nigerian immigrants

US – New America Media
For Nigerian Americans, opting for all possible medical treatments for ailing parents is normal.

When hospices mistreat the dying, they almost never get punished

US – The Huffington Post
The federal government rarely punishes hospices that violate its health and safety rules, an examination by The Huffington Post reveals.

Make a New Year’s resolution to have the difficult conversations about end of life care

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.

Study identifies factors linked to emergency department visits by cancer patients

Medscape
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.

UGA researchers awarded grant to study impact of painkiller abuse policies

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.

Belgian murderer to die at own request

Reuters
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.

Tragic case prompts India to adopt a law permitting ‘passive’ euthanasia

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.

We are camouflaging morbidity in clichés: It’s time to talk about death

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.”

Five movies to jumpstart your end of life conversations

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

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
‘If only once, if only for a little while” is a comic about loss, coping, and the ways we deal with grief.

Dr Death to perform comedy at Edinburgh Festival

deadline
The Australian right to die campaigner Philip Nitschke is to perform stand-up comedy at this years Edinburgh Fringe.