Category Archives: End of life care

End of life care is a diffuse term which tends to be used more in discussion among academic contexts than amongst practitioners or patients and families. Furthermore, definitions and priorities are likely to be affected by culture.

Priorities in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Public Consultation

The ‘Palliative and End of Life Care Priority Setting Partnership’ has initiated a public consultation on research priorities. Service users, families, carers and health professionals are invited to participate in a brief survey identifying the issues they feel need most attention from research and funders.

The survey can be accessed here: http://www.palliativecarepsp.org.uk/

‘Case stories’ on transnational dying

‘Case Stories’ is an interdisciplinary project on transnational dying. The project aims to better understand the pain of social exclusion, inequality and injustice at the end of life through stories.

Yasmin picThe Case Stories website contains a wealth of information on dying as a migrant, ranging from personal accounts of using palliative care services to artwork and poetry inspired by people’s stories.

The project is the brainchild of Sociologist Yasmin Gunaratnam and supported by a British Academy Fellowship. 

Special Issue of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry: Cultural Competence in Action

We would like to draw your attention to a special issue of the journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry that focuses on the issue of cultural competence in healthcare.

The issue examines how concepts of cultural competence are operationalised in teaching interventions. Of particular interest to our international readership is the inclusion of a case study from Canada and an essay from a German clinical educator, illustrating how cultural competency approaches, which originated in the US, can be adapted to different countries and settings.

Children’s Hospice Week – United Kingdom

To mark Children’s Hospice Week (April 26th-May 3rd), the Duchess of Cambridge has recorded her first video message.

If you would like to know more about Children’s Hospice Week, follow this link.

 

After Cicely – the stories of five women working in end-of-life care in Asia

The Lien Foundation has commissioned an inspiring short film about five women working in end-of-life care in different Asian countries (Bangladesh, Mongolia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Singapore).

The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care

The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria (Oct 3-6, 2013). The conference is aimed at medical professionals and focuses on education initiatives for non-palliative care specialists.

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The Open Society Foundations

For those readers interested in access to palliative care world-wide, we would like to draw attention to the work of the Open Society Foundations.

The Open Society Foundations work to ‘build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people’. 

The Health Programme, one of five core programmes, supports initiatives to make palliative care a part of public health systems worldwide. The Open Society Foundations has supported efforts to have palliative care recognised as a human right and campaigns for improved access to pain relief.

For more information on click here.