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


What is the impact of population ageing on the future provision of end-of-life care? Population-based projections of place of death

November 3, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine 2017 Oct 10. [Epub ahead of print].

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The study’s aim was to project where people will die from 2015 to 2040 across all care settings in England and Wales.  It is expected that annual deaths are expected to increase and more deaths are likely to occur in care homes.  More investment in care homes and end of life provision is needed otherwise hospital deaths will increase.

Length of publication: 8 pages

 


Campaign highlights the therapeutic value of gardening for those with terminal illnesses

November 3, 2017

Source: Marie Curie

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell:  The campaign, The Good of Gardening, led by Marie Curie and the National Garden Scheme has launched. The campaign aims to highlight the therapeutic potential of gardening for those with terminal illnesses and their families.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: In 2016 the report ‘Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice’ was published by The King’s Fund.  The National Gardens Scheme commissioned The King’s Fund to write an independent report on the benefits of gardens and gardening on health.  It can be found here.


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

 


Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says

October 2, 2017

Source: BBC 

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: A judge has ruled that legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state if both doctors and relatives are in agreement and it is also in the best interests of the patient to withdraw nutrition.

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