The ethical, medical management and psychosocial issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who face death, grief and loss can be complex. HFA’s New Perspectives Fall program will be a two-hour, LIVE, interactive educational event focusing on the critical challenges of providing and accessing optimal end-of-life care and bereavement support for this population.
Applying minimum requirements and quality indicators is essential to improve organisation, performance and outcome in breast care. Efficacy and compliance have to be constantly monitored to evaluate the quality of patient care and to allow appropriate corrective actions leading to improvements in patient care.
The University of Washington has received a $697,000 grant from the Cambia Health Foundation that will be used to establish a palliative care training center.
Palliative care for patients with advanced illness is a subject of growing importance in health services, policy and research. In 2001 Ireland became one of the first nations to publish a dedicated national palliative care policy. This paper uses the ‘policy analysis triangle’ as a framework to examine what the policy entailed, where the key ideas originated, why the policy process was activated, who were the key actors, and what were the main consequences.
There are too few palliative care services for children in resource poor countries. Health carers are overwhelmed with cases of acute illness that need their urgent attention, and chronically ill children with life-limiting diseases have been sidelined. The HIV epidemic in southern Africa revealed the huge needs in our own hospital, and in 2002, we started a hospital-based paediatric palliative care service. It was the first in Africa. We describe here how it developed and expanded in the ensuing years and how it has affected our staff, the children and their families in our care.
The prevalence of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals is expected to reach 84% by 2014, according to an analysis from the Center to Advance Palliative Care.