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.
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.
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.
“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?”
US – MSN News
Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
New law includes provisions to create increased transparency within the hospice community.