Monthly Archives: July 2010

Palliative care as a human right

The International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) have developed a Joint Declaration and Statement of Commitment to recognize palliative care and pain treatment as a human right.

To read the Declaration choose language below:

English click here; French click here; Russian click here; and, Spanish click here.

If you wish to sign the Declaration:

Individuals click here
Representatives of Organizations click here

NOTE: Only for legal representatives such as presidents, CEOs or executive directors. All others please click on the Individual signature form.

Life before death: portraits of the dying

Photographer Walter Schels and journalist Beate Lakotta made portraits of 26 hospice patients before and immediately after death.

This beautiful and sensitive photographic initiative from northern Germany aimed to tackle taboos concerning death and dying.

The photos can be viewed on the following link.

In addition, the portraits and the patients experiences have been turned into a book (German language only).

UK comes first in ‘Quality of Death’ Index across 40 countries

A recently published study from the Economist Intelligence Unit measures and ranks the ‘quality of death’ across 40 countries.

The Index, commissioned by the Singaporean ‘Lien Foundation’, reveals that the UK has the highest quality of death. Measured variables include: the basic end of life healthcare environment; availability of end of life care; quality of end of life care; and, cost of end of life care.

For more information see the ‘Quality of Death’ page on the ‘Life Before Death’ website.

Although, for some, the tone of the website may be a little irreverent (for example ‘it’s no big secret that Death has a bad rep. It is after all the End-of-Life. Boo-hoo’), much of the content provides practical ways in which people can start to ‘talk about death’.

PhD opportunity: bioethical and legal ramifications of end of life decisions

The following PhD advertised by Birmingham Law School may be of interest to our readers:

Bioethical and legal ramifications of end of life decisions

PhD research will explore the bioethical and legal ramifications of end of life decisions. Bioethical and legal dilemmas, which are everywhere, are even more clear in patient care at the end of life, as decisions about supporting or ending life interventions are made daily. Decisions are affected by the culture, values, and religion of those who have to make those decisions, and this becomes even more difficult when a clash exists between those giving the care and those receiving it.

For more information click here