End of Life Care Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 8 Issue 7

July 17, 2017

Volunteer navigation partnerships: Piloting a compassionate community approach to early palliative care

July 17, 2017

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:2

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type:  Journal Article

In a nutshell: A compassionate community approach to palliative care provides important rationale for building community-based hospice volunteer capacity. The goal of the project was to improve quality of life by developing independence, engagement, and community connections.

Length of publication: 11 pages

 


St Leonard’s Hospice finds new model for day care

July 17, 2017

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: The Sunflower Centre at St Leonard’s Hospice offers a range of services to patients, their families and carers affected by life-limiting illnesses. New developments ensure more people are helped and a bespoke service better supports patients, families and carers, as needs change.

Length of publication: 1 page

 

 


End-of-life care for homeless people: A qualitative analysis exploring the challenges to access and provision of palliative care

July 17, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine 2017 July 3. [e-pub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Being homeless or vulnerably housed is associated with death at a young age, frequently related to medical problems complicated by drug or alcohol dependence. Homeless people experience high symptom burden at the end of life, yet palliative care service use is limited.

Length of publication: 10 pages


Experts debate end of life care in hospitals

July 17, 2017

Source: Marie Curie

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Experts from three countries gathered in Glasgow to discuss the challenges and successes in delivering end of life care in hospitals.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Audio commentary can be found here

Video can be found here

 


Marie Curie launches information for people with a learning difficulty

July 17, 2017

Source: Marie Curie

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Marie Curie has launched a series of easy read booklets for people with a learning difficulty and those who have difficulty with understanding or processing information, to help them discuss their concerns about death and dying, and get the care and support they need.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Booklets can be downloaded from here


One in four UK families who need end of life care missing out on crucial support

July 17, 2017

Source: Hospice UK

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell:  One in four people who require end of life care and their families are not getting the support they need – especially those with conditions other than cancer – according to new analysis published by Hospice UK.  Hospice UK has launched a new campaign called Open Up Hospice Care. It aims to raise awareness among the public about the fact that hospice care is available to all people, regardless of who they are; their sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or illness.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: A briefing paper for the campaign can be found here