World media roundup – 7 August 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Spiritual care and spiritual wellbeing for people receiving palliative care for cancer


Bella Vivat, PhD, Research Lecturer, College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University, UK, gives some background to the plenary talk she gave at the 8th EAPC World Research Congress in Lleida in June.

Rising rates of hospice discharge in US raise questions about quality of care

US – Washington Post

At hundreds of US hospices, more than one in three patients are dropping the service before dying, new research shows, a sign of trouble in an industry supposed to care for patients until death.

‘Right to try’ measure to be considered in Arizona, other states

US – Washington Post

Arizona could become the latest state to allow those who are terminally ill to try experimental treatment not yet approved by the FDA.

Hospitals prep for more patients with dementia

Health Leaders

Faced with a growing elderly population, healthcare leaders are investigating strategies to treat dementia patients with dignity while trying to keep them out of the hospital.

When and how to die: Germany debates whose choice it is


The German government is seeking a nationwide discussion this year to establish what euthanasia advocates fear will be a de-facto ban on assisted suicide in Germany.

Feeling as if I failed the patient

New York Times – Well blog

Dr Mikkael Sekeres writes about feeling that he failed a leukemia patient because he was unable to understand her medical goals and wishes.

Bedside choir brings comfort to seriously ill

ABC Brisbane 

A choir in Brisbane is providing a unique service by singing at the bedside of those that are seriously ill or dying.

Lasting Matters

Resource to help document, plan and organise personal wishes and intentions related to end of life. ebook $20, paperback £29.

CMA Recognises Dr Eric Wasylenko for excellence in the field of medical ethics

ehospice Canada

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has announced that Dr Eric Wasylenko of Calgary will receive the 2014 Dr William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics.

Updated Medicines Management Toolkit available as free download

ehospice International children’s edition

Together for Short Lives has just released an updated version of the Medicines Management Toolkit which can be downloaded for free from their website.

Legal practitioners in Malawi learn about palliative care

ehospice Africa

Malawi’s legal practitioners joined palliative care advocates and service providers to ensure greater patient access to palliative care across the whole of Malawi.

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