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IAHPC Hospice Palliative Care News Digest, November 2020

Message from the Chair and Executive Director  Lukas and Liliana announce winners of the IAHPC Members’ Recognition awards, and offer their perspective on both World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and how palliative care intersects with COVID-19.

Policy and Advocacy  Dr. Katherine Pettus on IAHPC tactics to hold countries to their commitments on palliative care under universal health coverage.

WHO Executive Director Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus

IAHPC News & Calendar

  • IAHPC to lead Civil Society Roundtable with WHO Executive Director on Nov. 25. Anyone can join via live link.
  • My Care, My Comfort: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
  • Calendar of Events expands to facilitate access to all of 2020’s video & audio.
  • Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1, but you don’t have to wait!
  • Reminder  Take part in the Global Palliative Care Database.
  • In other news  Researchers specifiy “goals of care,” APHN launches 2020’s pediatric palliative care directory.
  • What’s New in the IAHPC Calendar.

Some of the COVID-19 survey respondents who told us how they were managing workplace issues.

COVID-19 Survey: Workplace issues  How our members around the world have been adapting to workplace challenges during the pandemic.

  • Plus  One physician writes about facing his fear of death.

Featured Story  7 persuasive arguments you can use to press for palliative care, as listed by IAHPC Board Member Gulnara Kunirova.

IAHPC Book Reviews

Book of the Month  CHILDREN’S PALLIATIVE CARE: An International Case-Based Manual  A good review of palliative care for children, with an international flavour.

Other reviews

PALLIATIVE CARE IN NEPHROLOGY: Integrating Palliative Care  Integrating palliative care into nephrology. Long overdue.

INNOVATIONS IN HOSPICE ARCHITECTURE 2nd ed.  Is the architecture itself a therapeutic modality?

HIPPOCRATES’ OATH AND ASCLEPIUS’ SNAKE: The Birth of the Medical Profession  Logical and well-written, it argues to uphold the traditions of our profession, rather than regard medicine as just a technical trade.

DEATH AND SOCIAL POLICY IN CHALLENGING TIMES  About the need for more social policy and infrastructure related to death and dying in the UK.

App Reviews  3 0pioids calculators: MDCalc, FPM’s Opioid Calculator, eOpioid

Lessons from the Literature

Under My Microscope  IAHPC Research Advisor Dr. Tania Pastrana selects an article that provides practical clinical guidance on treating patients with heart failure.

Media Watch  Barry Ashpole highlights a mixed bag of research: a course to teach the public about care for the dying, care during a crisis, and a survey on palliative care in public policy.

Membership Matters

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  • Members who took part in this issue
  • New & Renewing Members’ List

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