World Media Roundup – 8 October 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Atul Gawande discusses new book and compassionate end of life care on the Daily Show

US – MedCity News

Atul Gawande has appeared on The Daily Show, promoting his latest book, ‘Being Mortal’. With host Jon Stewart, he discussed end of life care and how patients and physicians should temper their pursuit of “doing whatever they can” in favour of living out life in a more meaningful way.

Understanding outcomes in end of life care

UK – Evidently Cochrane

As part of Hospice Care Week in the UK, Hospice UK nurse, Marie Cooper, has written about some pioneering work in palliative care and how research is helping promote best practice in looking after people at the end of life.

New UMMS study shows medications of questionable benefit used in advanced dementia

US – Health Canal

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia often receive medications of questionable benefit with costly consequences, according to a new study by researchers at UMass Medical School.

Reporting on end of life care? Start here.

Covering Health

“End of life care is a hot topic these days; if you haven’t yet reported on it, you probably will sooner or later. Why not start here?”

Americans living longer as most death rates fall

US – MSN News

Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report.

Life, death and grim routine fill the day at a Liberian ebola clinic

The New York Times

Sheri Fink, a New York Times reporter and a physician, and Daniel Berehulak, a photographer, chronicle the Ebola outbreak from an American-run clinic in rural Liberia.

The public perception of oncologists: Is it really true?

Kevin MD

“At the end of the day, not all patients want to stop treatment, some want to continue treatment until their last breath. To me, there is no right or wrong in such a decision — we all should decide how we will spend our last months.”

Making time for children to play in palliative care programmes

ehospice International children’s edition

A paper entitled ‘The role of play in children’s palliative care’ has been published in a special edition of Children – Open Access Pediatrics Journal. It is available as a free download.

Resuscitation guide emphasises importance of communication and advance care planning

ehospice UK

Doctors should have clear plans in place to inform patients about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to new guidance from the British Medical Association, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Royal College of Nursing.

President Obama Signs IMPACT Act Bringing Valuable Oversight to Hospices

ehospice USA

New law includes provisions to create increased transparency within the hospice community.

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