Survey to assess the impact of the Prague Charter

The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and its partner organisations have launched a survey to help assess the impact of the Prague Charter.

via Survey to assess the impact of the Prague Charter.

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Survey highlights planning, emotional, and communications needs of palliative care users

A need for a greater focus on planning, emotional care, and clear communication has been highlighted in a new survey of palliative care users in Ireland.

via Survey highlights planning, emotional, and communications needs of palliative care users.

Victorian legacies and death in the contemporary age | End of life studies

Whereas in the Middle Ages in Europe the death that came too swiftly was something abhorrent and to be guarded against, now fears began to grow about lengthy dying, and the suffering which it might entail.

via Victorian legacies and death in the contemporary age | End of life studies.

Medical Futility Blog: New York Times: Expanding the Right to Die

This week, I join Ira Byock and five other debaters on the New York Times opinion page, Room for Debate.

via Medical Futility Blog: New York Times: Expanding the Right to Die.

Top award for Prof Julia Downing at Panama conference

Congratulations to Professor Julia Downing, who was awarded the Robert Tiffany Nursing Lectureship at the 18th International Conference on Cancer Nursing in Panama City last month.

via Top award for Prof Julia Downing at Panama conference.

UK: Hospice Care Week 2014 highlights ‘hospice care, everywhere!’

In the UK, this week is Hospice Care Week 2014, and more than 100 hospices are helping to raise public awareness about the diversity of hospice care and highlight that it is available in many different settings beyond hospice buildings.

via UK: Hospice Care Week 2014 highlights ‘hospice care, everywhere!’.

Hats on for children’s hospice care!

To celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, ICPCN has initiated a social media campaign to raise awareness of children’s hospice and palliative care throughout the month of October called #hatsonforchildrenshospicecare.

via Hats on for children’s hospice care!.

NHPCO Updater: President Obama Signs IMPACT Act Bringing Valuable Oversight to Hospices

Yesterday afternoon, President Obama signed into law the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014” (IMPACT Act) that includes provisions creating greater oversight and increased transparency within the hospice community. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization heralds the passage of this legislation and the additional oversight it will bring to end-of-life care providers.

via NHPCO Updater: President Obama Signs IMPACT Act Bringing Valuable Oversight to Hospices.

Atul Gawande, just what the doctor ordered | GeriPal – Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

Atul Gawande is expanding the conversation about care at the end of life with his new book, Being Mortal. Will people take notice?

via Atul Gawande, just what the doctor ordered | GeriPal – Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog.

Brittany Maynard’s Decision to Die with Dignity | Death with Dignity National Center

Brittany Maynard and her husband were trying for a family when the news came. After suffering from crippling headaches for months, she learned she had brain cancer in January, 2014.

via Brittany Maynard’s Decision to Die with Dignity | Death with Dignity National Center.