Malawi: Malawi Has Over 176, 000 People Living With Palliative Care Conditions
[Nyasa Times] Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr. Charles Mwansambo, has disclosed that the country has over 176, 000 certified patients for palliative care services. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

End-of-life care program at UCLA benefited dying patients and loved ones despite COVID restrictions
A program offered by UCLA Health ’s intensive care units is providing meaningful and compassionate support for dying patients and their families, despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19. A study about the initiative, published in the journalCritical Care Explorations, is the first to show empirically that a palliative care program could be adapted — and even expanded — during the pandemic. It also could serve as a case study for improving end-of-life care during an era when visiting restrictions and infection control have introduced extraordinary new challenges for health care providers.Rese...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 18, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients To Wait
“It causes huge distress to tell a family, ‘We can’t serve you,’” said one state hospice organization director. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paula Span Tags: your-feed-science Hospice Care Nursing and Nurses Shortages Elder Care Death and Dying Labor and Jobs Home Health Care Elderly National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization your-feed-health Source Type: news

How COVID-19 Opened the Door to a New Era in Psychedelic Medicine
From Wall Street to Hollywood, psychedelics are having a cultural moment. For those of us who grew up in the “this is your brain on drugs” era, it’s hard to let go of stigma—and the mental image of an egg sizzling on a hot pan. But as a growing number of states and cities move to decriminalize drugs, and investors flock to an emerging market for psychedelic health care, substances like psilocybin, ketamine and LSD are edging into mainstream culture—and setting the stage for a paradigm shift in modern medicine. Within the next few years, we could see psychedelic therapies prescribed for refract...
Source: TIME: Health - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Mobile Phone App Helps to Deliver Palliative Care Mobile Phone App Helps to Deliver Palliative Care
Dr David Kerr discusses a recent study of a mobile phone app designed to collect palliative outcomes data in sub-Saharan Africa.Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - October 12, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

End of life care for people with a brain tumour
The Brainstrust's end of life care resource has been produced with people who have the lived experience of what it is like to care for someone with a brain tumour at end-of-life, with leading consultants in palliative care and clinical nurse specialists who are hospice-based. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 12, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cameroon: Cameroon Nurses Seek Extra Care for the Terminally Ill
[VOA] Bamenda -- Nurses in Cameroon are marking this year's World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (October 9) with visits to terminally ill patients in the country's restive North-West and South-West regions. The regions' ongoing separatist conflict has left hundreds of patients unable to receive regular in-home hospice care. Cameroon's nurses are calling for that to change. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 11, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Only 10% of Patients Who Need Palliative Care Get It: WHO Report Only 10% of Patients Who Need Palliative Care Get It: WHO Report
The World Health Organization calls for"urgent and concerted action" to increase access to palliative care; only 39% of countries report that such care is generally available.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - October 8, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care,  receive it: WHO 
Only one in 10 people who need palliative care are receiving it, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Care workers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities feel the need for soft skills training to accomplish better palliative care deliverance
This study2 aims to assess the perceived needs in PC training for DCWs of PWIDD and their training preferences, in order to develop a personalised training … (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supportive and palliative care services are beneficial for people affected by dementia
Over 20 million patients with dementia require palliative care every year.1 Palliative care addresses the holistic needs of patients with dementia, which may include unmet needs, practical aspects of care, social and psychological issues to ensure quality of life.1 It helps patients and families find their voices and express their healthcare needs by providing comfort care, symptom management … (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preparing Nurses to Deliver End-of-Life Care Preparing Nurses to Deliver End-of-Life Care
The implementation of an education initiative could help nurses better provide effective end-of-life care.Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

Tackling Grief, Loss in Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer Tackling Grief, Loss in Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer
Managing distress in patients with a life-limiting condition is challenging, but physicians have a host of strategies at their fingertips to help provide relief, according to palliative care experts.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - September 16, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Solomon Center and CAPC launch palliative care policy-tracking database
YLS ’ center for health and law policy is partnering to develop a centralized platform for tracking palliative care policies and regulations across the country. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - September 8, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Interventions for palliative symptom control in COVID19 patients, Cochrane Library
We found very low certainty evidence for the efficacy of pharmacological interventions for palliative symptom relief in COVID ‐19 patients. We found no evidence on the safety of pharmacological interventions or efficacy and safety of non‐pharmacological interventions for palliative symptom control in COVID‐19 patients. The evidence presented here has no specific implications for palliative symptom control in COVID‐ 19 patients because we cannot draw any conclusions about the effectiveness or safety based on the identified evidence. More evidence is needed to guide clinicians, nursing staff, and caregivers when trea...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kidney Patients Get Palliative Care, Dialysis'Til the End Kidney Patients Get Palliative Care, Dialysis'Til the End
Seattle's Northwest Kidney Centers, which pioneered kidney failure treatment 50 years ago, now pairs dying patients with hospice services without forcing them to forgo the comfort dialysis can provide.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Pharos Capital's Charter Health Care Group purchases San Antonio-based Generations Hospice Care
Pharos Capital Group, the private equity firm co-headquartered in Dallas and Nashville led by Kneeland Youngblood, announced on Aug. 11 that its California-based post-acute care provider platform had purchased San Antonio-based Generations Hospice Care. Offering programs for patients in their final years of life, such as hospice, care management and palliative care, Cucamonga, Calif.-based Charter Health Care serves more than 5,000 patients in seven states, including Texas, according to a news release.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 20, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: DBJ Staff Source Type: news

Social Security Adds Pericardial Mesothelioma to Disabilities List
The U.S. Social Security Administration has added pericardial mesothelioma to its Compassionate Allowances list, accelerating the disabilities application process for this very rare cancer. Its decision was prompted by the work of Missy Miller, medical outreach director at The Mesothelioma Center. She made the request with the Social Security disability office almost a year ago on behalf of a patient. The Compassionate Allowances program is reserved for severe medical diseases and conditions that automatically meet Social Security standards for disability benefits. It cuts short the often drawn-out application proces...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 18, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

New Issue of Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - July 22, 2021 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing staff needs leadership support to enable shared learning for team capacity in providing palliative care for persons with dementia at home or in nursing home
This study aimed to evaluate the types and forms of support nursing staff need in providing palliative care for persons with dementia in home care and nursing homes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Palliative and end of life care
Information and resources for health and social care professionals to improve the quality of services and reduce inequalities in care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dignity support at end of life
(Flinders University) At the end of life, people may have to rely on others for help with showering, dressing and going to the toilet. This loss of privacy and independence can be confronting and difficult. Now Australian occupational therapy (OT) researchers have interviewed 18 people receiving palliative care about how they feel about losing independence with self-care, specifically their intimate hygiene, as function declines with disease progression. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canadian researchers build end-of-life predictor tool to support palliative care
The RESPECT calculator predicts frail people ’s survival to assist caregivers in deciding about end-of-life care and services.    (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Louisiana Company Buys Home Health Provider in Crossett
LHC Group Inc. of Lafayette, Louisiana, announced Thursday agreements to purchase three home health, hospice, and palliative care providers in three states, including Arkansas. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - July 1, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Online symposium addresses issues of cancer research and palliative care
(Leopoldina) Why does pancreatic cancer develop, what new therapies might be effective against metastasis formation, and what is to be considered in palliative care? Members of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will address these questions at the virtual symposium of Class III Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - July 1, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Low-income patients may be less likely to receive medical assistance in dying
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) In Canada, low-income hospital patients under palliative care are less likely to receive medical assistance in dying compared to those who are high income. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Using computation to improve words: Novel tool could improve serious illness conversations
(Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont) Conversations between seriously ill people, their families and palliative care specialists lead to better quality-of-life. Understanding what happens during these conversations -- and how they vary by cultural, clinical, and situational contexts -- is essential to guide healthcare communication improvement efforts. True understanding requires methods to study conversations in large, inclusive, and multi-site epidemiological studies. A new computer model offers an automated and valid tool for such large-scale scientific analyses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Texas home care provider enters Philadelphia market with purchase of a Montgomery County company
Post-acute care provider AccentCare Inc. is making a major push into the Philadelphia market with its acquisition of a Montgomery County-based home care provider. Dallas-based AccentCare bought Southeastern Health Care at Home from Geneva Glenn Capital, a Chicago private equity firm. Financial terms of the deal involving privately-owned companies is being kept confidential. Founded by two registered nurses in 1987, Southeastern Health Care at Home is a pr ovider of home, palliative and hospice… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 30, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: John George Source Type: news

Dyspnea Management for Hospitalized Patients at End-of-Life Dyspnea Management for Hospitalized Patients at End-of-Life
The experience of three palliative care teams provides insight into the strategies used for end-of-life dyspnea management in critically ill COVID-19 patients.Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - June 22, 2021 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

Clinical Trial Shows Benefits of Vinorelbine for Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma specialist Dr. Dean Fennell has strongly endorsed the use of vinorelbine as a second-line treatment for patients with relapsed disease. He was the lead investigator in a recent phase II clinical trial studying the efficacy of vinorelbine for patients whose pleural mesothelioma cancer had progressed after traditional platinum-based chemotherapy. Fennell, who is chair of thoracic and medical oncology at University of Leicester and University Hospitals in the United Kingdom, has based his belief on the multicenter trial involving 154 mesothelioma patients with relapsed disease. “Doctors should now ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - June 21, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

Knowledge of Palliative Care Low in U.S. Population
Odds of having palliative care knowledge increased for those with frequent health care utilization, regular source of care (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 7, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Nursing, Oncology, Critical Care, Journal, Source Type: news

Knowledge of Palliative Care Low in U.S. Population
MONDAY, June 7, 2021 -- Knowledge levels of palliative care are low, especially for those without frequent health care utilization, according to a study published online June 4 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers& Prevention. Motolani E.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cells to Society: Adaptation and Advancement
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - June 4, 2021 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Most in U.S. have little understanding of palliative care, study finds
Most surveyed Americans have an inadequate understanding of palliative care, according to a study published Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most US adults may lack knowledge about palliative care
(American Association for Cancer Research) The majority of surveyed Americans had an inadequate understanding of palliative care, and frequency of health care utilization was one determinant of knowledge. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 4, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Namibia: Cancer Association Calls On Trained Nurses to Register As Consultants
[Namibia Economist] The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) is calling on suitably qualified and trained registered nurses with palliative care experiences in all regions to register as stand-by consultant support caregivers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 2, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Memorial Sloan Kettering Opening New Mesothelioma Clinical Trial
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City will begin recruiting soon for its latest clinical trial involving patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma and the expanded use of immunotherapy. The single-center, phase I study will explore the effectiveness of pembrolizumab in combination with intensity-modulated pleural radiation therapy, known as IMPRINT, in treating unresectable disease. Pembrolizumab, also known by the brand name Keytruda, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2020 for treatment of a small subset of mesothelioma patients. As a well-known immunotherapy drug, pemb...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 26, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Bardsley Source Type: news

Nigeria: Improving Health Education - an Important Step to Achieving Universal Health Care in Nigeria
[Nigeria Health Watch] Since the global target of Health for All was declared in 1978, Primary Health Care (PHC) is universally recognized as the approach to achieving this goal. A primary health centre should be the first place where people seek healthcare. A functional PHC ensures people receive comprehensive care which begins from promotion and prevention to treatment, curative, rehabilitation, and palliative care that is accessible to everyone in the community. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Palliative Care Update for Clinicians Palliative Care Update for Clinicians
Timely initiation of palliative care services is a challenge, especially for those with noncancer diagnoses, but recent studies offer novel approaches to end-of-life care planning across settings. (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - May 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

University of Surrey develops new app to support palliative care in Ethiopia
(University of Surrey) A mobile phone app has been developed at the University of Surrey to support patients needing end of life care in Ethiopia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Palliative Care in COVID: How One Hospital Met the Challenge Palliative Care in COVID: How One Hospital Met the Challenge
"The rapid COVID-19 surge required physicians and staff to innovate quickly to ensure core humanizing values were not lost in the pandemic," one physician explained.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Palliative Care in the ICU: What to Know About Time-Limited Trials
Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paula Span Tags: your-feed-science Life-Sustaining Support Systems, Withdrawal Of Hospitals Dialysis Hospice Care Death and Dying your-feed-health your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Long-haul covid-19 renews push to expand palliative care
Advocates point to numerous studies showing that palliative care results in a higher quality of life for patients and lower health-care costs as a result of fewer hospitalizations. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Ollove Source Type: news

Samaritan launches palliative care program for patients with advanced heart disease
The program was established in partnership with the American Heart Association and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 30, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: John George Source Type: news

Samaritan launches palliative care program for patients with advanced heart disease
The program was established in partnership with the American Heart Association and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 30, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Breaking down barriers to care for metastatic breast cancer patients
Drawing on a series of studies and interviews with patients and caregivers, UCLA researchers from theUCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have published recommendations for California policymakers and patient advocates aimed at improving care and outcomes for women with metastatic breast cancer.More than 30,000women in California are diagnosed each year with this cancer, which has spread from the breast to other parts of the body. Survival rates are low, and patients often face significant hurdles to care — particularly in the areas of health insurance, cli...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 28, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Scientists Develop Artificial Intelligence for Mesothelioma Assessment
Scientists in Scotland have developed a prototype imaging system using artificial intelligence that has proven effective with malignant mesothelioma, potentially revolutionizing the way patients will be treated in the future. The pilot program could spark much-needed advances in diagnostics and therapeutics. “Mesothelioma is such a complex, incredibly difficult disease,” Dr. Kevin Blythe, professor of respiratory medicine at University of Glasgow and respiratory physician at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “This could be a very important step toward...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 26, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

Cochrane PaPaS seeks full-time Systematic Reviewer - remote
Closing date: 28 April 2021Location: remote (home-working)The Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (Cochrane PaPaS) Review Group is looking for an experienced Systematic Reviewer to undertake high quality, priority Cochrane systematic reviews for publication in the Cochrane Library.The focus of PaPaS is studies of interventions for acute pain, chronic pain, headache and migraine, palliative care for those with life-limiting disease or illness, and supportive care of patients and significant others living with serious illness.The candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team to undertake new priority reviews, o...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - April 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Palliative Nursing: The Core of COVID-19 Care Palliative Nursing: The Core of COVID-19 Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the role of palliative nurses -- and quality palliative care is critically needed now more than ever.Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

Use of Comfort Care Increasing After Stroke, May Reduce Costs Use of Comfort Care Increasing After Stroke, May Reduce Costs
Patients'likelihood of receiving comfort care, which includes hospice or palliative care, may depend on their gender, race, and region, researchers find.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 14, 2021 Category: Cardiology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news