English developments in end of life care policy

End of life commissioning debate A breakfast event hosted by The King’s Fund, London covered early findings from the Fund’s ongoing research into the effective commissioning of end of life care services in England. Presentations by Rachael Addicott, King’s Fund Senior Fellow; Tom Hughes-Hallett, Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care, and Chair of the […]

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Boost for palliative care nurses in Africa

The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA) have announced a scholarship fund to support nurses’ education and training in palliative care services. The African Palliative Care Nursing Scholarship Fund will provide funding of up to $4,000 (US dollars) to cover training and costs (within Africa) over a […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Celiac plexus block for pancreatic cancer pain in adults Arcidiacono PG, Calori G, Carrara S, McNicol ED, Testoni PA.Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2011;3. CD007519. In this Cochrane review, the authors conclude that although statistical evidence is minimal for the superiority of Celiac plexus block pain relief over analgesic therapy, […]

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‘Quality’ more important than ‘quantity’ at end of life

In a Europe-wide survey released this week, the majority of respondents said that quality of life would be more important than length of time left to live if faced with a serious illness beyond treatment. The European Commission-funded project compared individuals’ priorities for end of life care across seven different countries including England, Germany, The […]

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‘Holding the baby’ at the end of life

J Gibbins,1 C Reid,2 R McCoubrie2 1SpR Palliative Medicine, Department of Palliative Medicine, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, Horfield, Bristol, UK 2Department of Palliative Medicine, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, Horfield, Bristol, UK Correspondence to Dr Jane Gibbins; janegibbins@hotmail.com Abstract Although there are obvious differences in caring for people at the extremes of life (newborns […]

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Articles of interest in other scholarly journals Do CBT-Based Interventions Alleviate Distress Following Bereavement? A Review of the Current Evidence International Journal of Cognitive Therapy 2010; 3(1): 77-93 doi: 10.1521/ijct.2010.3.1.77 This review found that cognitive-behavioural therapy based interventions provided significant benefits for bereaved adults compared with non-cognitive-behavioural strategies and no treatment. Reviewers of this paper have commented […]

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Ombudsman’s report shows examples of inadequate care for elderly in UK NHS hospitals

An official report, widely published in the UK media this week, reveals cases of a serious shortfall in support and respect for vulnerable elderly receiving hospital care in England. An article in The Guardian concludes that the report, produced by NHS ombudsman, Ann Abraham, ‘details serious failings in how NHS staff managed the patients’ pain, nutritional […]

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First pain management programme introduced in The Gambia, Kenya, and Malawi

A vital new initiative, aimed at improving pain management among palliative care patients receiving hospital care, has been launched by the FHSSA (an affiliate of the US-based, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organisation) and the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) in The Gambia, Kenya, and Malawi. One of the key challenges of pain management identified […]

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