A Five-Year Review of Referrals for Perinatal Palliative Care | Abstract

Conclusions: One-third of women met with the palliative care team only once or twice prior to delivery, indicating a need for earlier referral to provide more comprehensive palliative care.

via A Five-Year Review of Referrals for Perinatal Palliative Care | Abstract.

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Cost Savings Vary by Length of Stay for Inpatients Receiving Palliative Care Consultation Services | Abstract

Conclusion: Cost savings due to PC are realized for short and medium LOS but not stays >30 days. These findings suggest savings can be achieved by earlier involvement of palliative care, and support screening efforts to identify patients who can benefit from PC services early in an admission.

via Cost Savings Vary by Length of Stay for Inpatients Receiving Palliative Care Consultation Services | Abstract.

If you have 9 minutes . . . | Hospice Matters

I’m going to make this week’s post very brief.  That’s because I want you to spend more time watching the amazing video below than reading some superficial words that could not possibly do justice whatsoever to what you’re about to see.  This, right here, is the essence of true love.  At the end of life, you can only hope to have one single person love you as much as Fred loved his wife.  I feel fairly sure you have nine extra minutes today.  Seriously, spend it here.

via If you have 9 minutes . . . | Hospice Matters.

NHPCO Updater: Royalties from New Book by Judith Fox to Benefit Hospice

On September 3, a new book was released by the award-winning photographer and author, Judith Fox. One Foot Forward: Stories and Faces of Widows and Widowers explores the poignant stories and portraits of 20 widowed women and men who have grieved and persevered in the face of losing their spouses to sudden death and chronic illness.

via NHPCO Updater: Royalties from New Book by Judith Fox to Benefit Hospice.

Thoughts at 39,000 feet | hairforhospices

I am writing this as I return from a UN-based meeting in the USA following up on the meeting at which I was invited to talk about the first Hair for Hospices in 2012.  Many remembered my presentation and had participated last year and plan to do so again this year.  However, I was very touched by a small number of colleagues who spoke to me privately to tell me of serious and terminal illness that had been diagnosed in their family members since last year.

via Thoughts at 39,000 feet | hairforhospices.

Improving end-of-life care will require fundamental change in thinking | The Tennessean | tennessean.com

Talking about death — even thinking about death — is uncomfortable for patients and families. Nearly 80 percent of us would prefer to spend our last days at home, but the majority of us will die in the hospital, and only 20 percent of us have expressed our wishes in writing.

via Improving end-of-life care will require fundamental change in thinking | The Tennessean | tennessean.com.

Early palliative care avoids emergency stress

CANCER patients who receive early access to community-based palliative care are less likely to go to the emergency department coming towards the end of their life, according to Curtin University research.

via Early palliative care avoids emergency stress.

Writing from a death cafe in Italy …

Nigel George is a blogger who contemplates ‘how to get old and not worry about it’. In this post he considers the difficulties of discussing death in Italy. Writing from a death cafe in Verona the struggle is clear as he battles with conservative politics, a conservative outlook and Catholicism.

via Writing from a death cafe in Italy ….

Watch Dr Larry Librach discuss his personal experiences with life-threatening illness

Dr. Larry Librach, who passed away earlier this year, took the time in May to record a video interview, in which he discusses his own personal experiences with pancreatic cancer and end of life care.

via Watch Dr Larry Librach discuss his personal experiences with life-threatening illness.

Palliative care in China still in its infancy

An article published in The Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management looks at why the development of palliative care in Mainland China has been slow.

via Palliative care in China still in its infancy.