The Comfort app prototype: introducing a web-based application for monitoring comfort in palliative care

November 3, 2017

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing  2017; 23 (9): 420-431.

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article discusses the investigation of a web-based app which monitors comfort in patients receiving palliative care at home in Portugal. The app was reported to be easy to use and enhanced communication among patients and the palliative care team. Further research into the app is recommended.

Length of publication: 12 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. 

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The state of hospice services in England 2014 to 2017

November 3, 2017

Source: Care Quality Commission

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report presents findings from CQC’s hospice inspection programme and finds that in hospice care across England a quarter of hospices were rated as outstanding, and 70% were rated as good.  It highlights the commitment staff and hospices demonstrate towards person-centred care.

Length of publication: 19 pages


Quality standard: End of life care for infants, children and young people

November 3, 2017

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: Quality Standard

In a nutshell: This quality standard covers end of life care for infants, children and young people (from birth to 18 years) who have a life-limiting condition. Life-limiting conditions are those that are expected to result in an early death for the person. It also covers support for family members and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Length of publication: 26 pages


South Bucks Hospice opens day centre with pioneering model of care

October 2, 2017

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: South Bucks Community Hospice in High Wycombe has opened a day hospice that is operating a new model of care. The new facility is non-bedded, allowing more patients to be cared for on a daily and weekly basis. The focus is patient-centric, offering unlimited psychotherapeutic care and they also have an area specifically designed to meet the needs of young people.

Length of publication: 1 page

 


One Year On: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care

October 2, 2017

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report is an update on how the National End of Life Care Programme Board is delivering personalisation and choice in care for people at or near the end of life.

Length of publication: 24 pages

Some important notes: The original report can be found here


New study launched into virtual reality as therapy for end of life care

October 2, 2017

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Royal Trinity Hospice has launched a research study to explore the potential of virtual reality as therapy for people at the end of life.  The study aims to understand how virtual reality impacts on the symptom management of people receiving palliative care.

Length of publication: 1 page


Cornwall Hospice Care launches new service to support more people in the community

October 2, 2017

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Cornwall Hospice Care is launching a new series of support sessions in order to reach more patients with terminal conditions in the local community.  The Neighbourhood Hubs will offer free advice, support and information for patients, their carers and families.   They aim to help patients manage their symptoms which will hopefully increase their independence and confidence and help people to live as well as possible.

Length of publication: 1 page