Do Not Attempt Resuscitation decisions and the need for regulation in Ireland

By Dr Lucy M. Davis, School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland. Email: lucy.davis@ul.ie and lucymdavis@yahoo.com Twitter: @LucyMDavis “Why did you choose to research DNAR orders?” This was one of the first questions raised by examiners when I defended my PhD thesis. A standard question for most PhD viva voce exams and definitely, a valid question for my […]

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Five tips on how to write a winning blog for BMJ SPC

By Professor Mark Taubert  BMJ SPC Journal Editor & Blog Curator  Twitter Here are some tips if you are hoping to write an article for our highly accessed blog series.   “This article is boring, just bloody boring!” said the editor-in-chief (EIC) at the journal editorial meeting. “This research writing,” he fumed, “covers important new […]

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A call to action! Living and dying with Cystic Fibrosis – more research is needed

By Dr Mary Miller, Department of palliative care, Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, OX3 7LE, UK and Honorary senior clinical lecturer, Nuffield department of medicine, Oxford University, UK Email: Mary.miller@ouh.nhs.uk and Mary.miller@ndm.ox.ac.uk Phone: +44 1865 225858 Orcid ID: 0000-0002-2026-6397 Twitter: @dr_mary_miller   Colleagues working in Cystic Fibrosis are superb […]

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The Sound of covid-19:   Binaural Recordings of a Palliative Care Ward Round in a Cancer Hospital.

By  Professor Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Velindre University NHS Trust & Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK  Mr Glenn Davidson, Artstation, Cardiff, UK Dr Mike Fedeski, Artstation, Cardiff, UK Dr Jelle van Gurp, Coordinator Clinical Ethics Radboud University Medical Centre; Assistant professor Ethics of Healthcare, Nijmegen, Netherlands “The pandemic has created an […]

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Let’s talk about advanced cancer prognosis

By Dr Helen Kerr, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast Sara Mone, Staff Nurse, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Correspondence to: Dr Helen Kerr, h.kerr@qub.ac.uk   For individuals with advanced cancer, being aware of their prognosis will often mean being aware of a terminal prognosis or shortened life expectancy.  Individuals with advanced […]

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Efficacy and safety of pharmacological cachexia interventions: systematic review and network meta-analysis

Article reference: Saeteaw M, Sanguanboonyaphong P, Yoodee J, et al, Efficacy and safety of pharmacological cachexia interventions: systematic review and network meta-analysis, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2021;11:75-85. Authors: Nathorn (Nui) Chaiyakunapruk, University of Utah Health Manit Saeteaw, Ubon Ratchathani University Kaitlyn Craft, University of Utah Health Cachexia is a syndrome that causes body weight […]

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‘Don’t judge the book by its cover’- Clinicians and charities speak out about the positive role DNACPR conversations can play in providing good care

Authors: Dr Linda Dykes, Consultant in Emergency and Interface Frailty Medicine Professor Mark Taubert, Palliative Medicine Consultant  Usha Grieve, Director of Partnerships and Services, Compassion in Dying, United Kingdom This article and its accompanying joint statement links to a news report in the Independent  The Covid-19 pandemic has brought Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) […]

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