Getting a referral to palliative care can be a complicated process.
Palliative care is about living well and meeting patients’ goals, but referral can be more complex than access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). Palliative care should be as accessible as MAID.
Evidence suggests messages the patient thought to be crystal clear often appear unclear to doctors and family.
Prisons need to improve services for chronic conditions, mental health, and palliative care.
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Despite the disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal people in prisons, there are near to no cultural protocols in place, and chronic illness is often not addressed.
The case for letting people go gentle into that good night.
Improving death-friendliness offers further opportunity to improve social inclusion. A death-friendly approach could lay the groundwork for people to stop fearing getting old or alienating those who have.
Death-friendly communities that welcome mortality might help us live better lives and provide better care for people at the end of their lives.
Many Australians come to the end of their life while living in aged care. But damningly, the aged care royal commission found many residents have worse palliative care options than those living elsewhere.
Minister of Justice David Lametti gives a thumbs up as he rises to vote in favour of a motion on Bill C-7, medical assistance in dying, in the House of Commons on Dec. 10, 2020.
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Expanding access to medical assistance in dying (MAID) to those not terminally ill puts vulnerable people at risk of feeling pressured into MAID, and doctors at risk of being forced to facilitate it.
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is calling on health authorities to “implement a more compassionate approach to end-of-life visitations … during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Preventing people from dying alone in a pandemic takes ingenuity and money, but it’s the right thing to do.
Healthcare staff may not know how to meet an LGBT patient’s unique needs.
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Lack of training and skills among those who work in the area may lead to LGBT people receiving poorer palliative care.
It’s time to talk to your loved ones about what care and treatment you’d want if you face death from COVID-19.
A nurse in a hospital checks an IV.
Ghana’s lack of a palliative care policy is posing a significant challenge to effective healthcare for cancer patients.
How we experience the moment of death may be influenced by a cocktail of brain chemicals and the manner in which our brains shut down.
In a research study, 84 per cent of residents and families who received a pamphlet about end-of-life choices felt encouraged to think about their future care.
The seriously ill and their families often want to protect each other from thoughts of death. Conversation about end-of-life choices are, however, essential to a good death.
Without an understanding of the complexities of medically assisted dying, it’s difficult for patients and families to make good decisions.
Nurses who surround the process of medically assisted dying are an important source of insight into the real conversations our society needs to have about what it’s really like.
A person wanting to access voluntary assisted dying must meet strict criteria, including having a medical condition that is considered to be advanced and progressive.
Western Australia might soon become the second state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Its proposed law draws on the Victorian model, but has some important differences, too.
On June 19, Victoria will become the first state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying.
As we sit on the cusp of voluntary assisted dying becoming legal in Victoria, we expect it won’t always be simple for people who want it to access it – at least in the legislation’s early days.
Hospitals have a role to play too.
It is not always easy to identify who needs palliative care.
Palliative radiation therapy is effective regardless of a patient’s original cancer site (for example breast, lung or kidney) and is usually delivered in one to 10 daily doses.
Palliative radiation therapy can improve a cancer patient’s life, by alleviating pain and other symptoms. Unfortunately, some doctors associate the term with end-of-life care and fail to refer people.
Hospices to fortune.
One of the great success stories in healthcare, a quarter of the UK hospice sector is said to be close to collapse.
Palliative care nurses, social workers and people from the funeral industry are among those who work as death doulas.
You’ve more than likely heard of birth doulas. But nowadays, death doulas are providing support at the end of life. How they fit into existing structures of care remains to be understood.