Beyond Pain Relief: Non-Pharmacological Care Activities in Palliative Care

Professionals who care for people at the end of life do much more than prescribe drugs, a new study has shown. The qualitative analysis published last month in the journal PLoS Medicine revealed that the day-to-day activities of palliative caregivers throughout Europe are highly multifaceted and complex. The study used qualitative research methods to identify […]

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The deafening silence surrounding end-of-life care

Californians are not having important discussions about end-of-life preferences with doctors and loved-ones, even though they would like to. A poll conducted by the California Healthcare Foundation (CHFC) shows that a large majority of respondents would either ‘definitely’ (47%) or ‘probably’ (32%) like to speak to a doctor about their wishes for medical treatment at […]

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New guidelines recommend that palliative care be integrated with standard cancer care

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) have published a provisional clinical opinion (PCO) which suggests that palliative care should play a larger role in standard cancer care, and that cancer patients should be offered palliative care earlier in their treatment. The PCO is based on evidence from seven recently published randomised controlled trials which […]

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Professor Irene Higginson talks about how more people in the UK are dying at home.

Professor Irene Higginson, Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute and Associate Editor of Supportive and Palliative Care, spoke today of the recent promising trend of more cancer deaths occurring at home in the UK. In an interview with Radio 4’s Today programme, Professor Higginson highlighted the findings of a recent report which indicates that the […]

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Report highlights large geographical variation in Canadian palliative care

An expert committee on palliative and compassionate care have released a report which highlights worrying deficiencies in palliative care services in Canada. The document, entitled ‘Not to be forgotten: Care of vulnerable Canadians’ concluded that whilst some progress had been made in recent years, there were still serious shortcomings, with only 16-30% of those who […]

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