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The Association of Community-Based Palliative Care With Reduced Emergency Department Visits in the Last Year of Life Varies by Patient Factors
Research by Katrina Spilsbury, PhD; Lorna Rosenwax, PhD*; Glenn Arendts, MBBS; James B. Semmens, PhD
Study objective: Palliative care has been shown to reduce end-of-life emergency department (ED) use. Our objective was to determine how the association of community-based palliative care with reduced ED visits in the last year of life varied by patient factors....
The last chapters of life
Dr Ros Taylor, MBE, Clinical Director at Hospice UK www.ehospice.com/uk
In hospices and hospitals, bedside tables are rarely without a book. Dr Ros Taylor MBE began wonder what meaning lies behind reading choices when time was short.
Palliative care takes time, but often we simply don’t have it.
Yet the discipline expects us to navigate the inner world of the patient, discover what really matters to them, what makes them tick and what lifts their spirit as they stare death in the face. So how can we engage quickly and authentically......
Cardboard coffins, woven caskets and wicker urns.....Brilliant or bizarre?
'Cardboard coffins' - the words conjure up images of flimsy boxes that lose their load between the Bunnings register and the car park. It's a scene you wouldn't want played out at your funeral, so why would you consider cardboard?.....
Hidden dementia grief
Patrick Ussher www.ehospice.com
Many of the losses particular to dementia are not yet recognised by society, according to Irish Hospice Foundation expert, Breffni McGuinness. He argues that people with dementia and their carers both suffer hidden, discounted or unrecognised grief.....