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IAHPC Hospice Palliative Care News Digest, January 2020

2020; Volume 21, No 11, November

Photo credit: S. Hermann and F. Richter, Pixabay

Table of Contents

  • Message from the Chair and Executive Director  Hot off the press! Publication of the Palliative Care and COVID-19 Series Briefing Notes Compilation. Also, a reminder that members can access (and contribute to) the Global Palliative Care Database for free.
  • From the Editor  Luck? Good timing? One heartfelt letter may have improved palliative care in a Canadian long-term care residence.
  • Policy and Advocacy  Dr. Katherine Pettus reports on the end-of-year Commission on Narcotic Drugs session, an organizing meeting for the Western Pacific region, a board member’s video at the UN, and preparations for the 148th meeting of the WHO Executive Board.
  • Guest Advocacy column  Dr. Chamath Fernando on palliative care training being developed for primary care physicians in Sri Lanka.
  • IAHPC News & Calendar
    • December fundraising results
    • GLAD on hold; watch for an update in 2021
    • Reader Recommended: 2 must-read books
    • New Terms in Pallipedia  COVID-19 and telehealth terminology predominate
    • New Listings in IAHPC Calendar of Events
  • Featured Story  Julia Downing’s personal reflections on palliative care during COVID-19.
  • IAHPC Book ReviewsPalliative Care Book of the Month

    PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA: Before, During, and After the Holocaust  Both outstanding and disturbing, the best book I have seen on this topic and the best to have crossed my desk in 2020.

    Other Reviews

    GLOBAL PALLIATIVE CARE: Reports from the Peripheries 2015-2020  A collection of stories, blogs and reflections advocating for global palliative care.

    PALLIATIVE SKILLS FOR FRONTLINE CLINICIANS: Case Vignettes in Everyday Hospital Medicine  A collection of clinical cases, giving both the conventional (do everything) approach and the palliative approach.

    NARRATIVE MEDICINE IN HOSPICE CARE: Identity, Practice, and Ethics through the Lens of Paul Ricoeur  A discussion of narrative medicine and meaningful communication in palliative care.

    HOSPICE PALLIATIVE HOME CARE AND BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Nursing Interventions and Supportive Care  A practical resource for nurses working in hospice palliative care in peoples’ homes and in the community.

    CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE ETHICS OF END OF LIFE CARE  A collection of essays on the bioethics of end of life care. Some good, some…

  • Lessons from the LiteratureUnder My Microscope  Duration of palliative care before death comes under IAHPC Research Advisor Dr. Tania Pastrana’s microscope.

    Media Watch: Guidelines  Barry Ashpole highlights guidelines for triage and GPs, as well as a mixed bag of other articles of note.

  • Membership Matters
    • Who Are They? A breakdown of IAHPC members’ professional fields.
    • Member’s Impact: Highlighting notable works by members.
    • Members in this newsletter
    • New & Renewing Members’ List
  • List of Donors

Alison Ramsey, Senior EditorAlison Ramsey
Senior Editor

Katherine Pettus, PhD, AdvisorKatherine Pettus
PhD, Advisor

Liliana de Lima, MHA, Executive DirectorLiliana de Lima
MHA, Executive Director

Danilo Fritzler, WebmasterDanilo Fritzler