End of Life Care Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 9 Issue 1

January 24, 2018
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Hospice launches new clinics to bring care closer to communities

January 24, 2018

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has launched two new satellite clinics to ensure more people living across Birmingham have access to crucial hospice care. The satellite clinics are based in established medical centres and are part of a new approach to hospice care, aimed at improving accessibility, reach and choice for individuals and their families, loved ones and carers.

Length of publication: 1 page

 


St Clare launches new day therapy services

January 24, 2018

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood, Essex, has launched a series of new day therapy services for 2018.  These include ‘Click a Friend’, a computing group, which aims to help hospice users develop skills and tackle social isolation. They are also offering a creative drop-in group and exercise programmes. The day therapy supports and empowers those who have life limiting conditions.

Length of publication: 1 page

 


Acupuncture in hospice settings: A qualitative exploration of patients’ experiences

January 24, 2018

Source: European Journal of Cancer Care

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study explores patients’ experiences of acupuncture within palliative care in hospice settings. Acupuncture was found to be a highly acceptable, accesible and popular treatment with positive holistic effects reported across the domains of physical, mental and spiritual health and no serious adverse effects. By enabling awareness of the holistic nature of health and well-being, acupuncture was experienced as having the potential to contribute to a better death, an emergent theory that needs testing in further studies. In the meanwhile, the results of this study offer encouragement to hospices currently providing or considering investing in acupuncture provision.

Length of publication: 9 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library


Paediatric palliative care improves patient outcomes and reduces healthcare costs: evaluation of a home-based program

January 24, 2018

Source:  BMC Palliative Care

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The findings from a study in Singapore suggest that home-based paediatric palliative care brings improved resource utilization and cost-savings for both patients and healthcare providers. The lives of patients and their caregivers have improved, with terminally ill children and their caregivers being able to spend more quality time at home at the final stretch of the disease.

Length of publication: 8 pages

 


New guide for people with MND to enjoy hobbies is published

January 24, 2018

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: The MND Association has developed a new booklet for people living with motor neurone disease (MND) called Making the most of life with MND. Various requests from people living with MND for this quality of life resource led to the development of the new booklet.  The booklet highlights that interests do not necessarily have to stop with a diagnosis of MND, but adjustment may be needed. The guide may help people with MND think about activities they enjoy, or want to try, and how to approach these in a different way.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes:  The booklet can be downloaded here


The final injustice: variation in end of life care in England

January 24, 2018

Source: Macmillan Cancer Support

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Date of publication: December 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report discusses the  experiences of people dying of cancer. The research shows that cancer patients approaching the end of their life face repeat emergency visits, and that these experiences are even worse for the poorest communities. The report highlights the variation in patient experience and discusses the need for improved access to care and support.

Length of publication: 26 pages