February 2014 News Roundup


With just two months left until NHDD 2014, conversations about advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life-care have been heating up all over the country (and the world) over the past month. Since our last roundup, the news cycle’s focus has covered the entire spectrum of issues associated with ACP. It has run the gamut from struggles to have living wills respected—one in Texas and one overseas— and new found support for ACP initiatives to living wills, advance directives and do not resuscitate (DNR) orders as Valentine’s Day gifts.

 

Here’s a quick look at articles that have shaped the conversation around ACP over the past month.

About the practice of ACP, related advances and laws:

Alliance for Living and Dying Well Receives Grant for Developing Advance Care Planning Center http://www.noozhawk.com/article/alliance_for_living_and_dying_well_grant_20140205

New Study Evaluates the Concept of "Advance Care Planning" http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-02-concept-advance.html

Implementing an Advance Care Planning Program in German Nursing Homes http://www.aerzteblatt.de/pdf.asp?id=152957 

Dying Enters New Era http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Dying+enters/9510510/story.html

Need for End of Life Care for Older Homeless, Report Finds http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/need-for-end-of-life-care-for-older-homeless-report-finds-1.1673728

Knowledge Lacking on of End-of-Life Rights http://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/2014/02/12/knowledge-lacking-end-life-rights/ 

Draft Legislation for Bill Allowing Terminally Ill to Make ‘Living Wills’ http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/draft-legislation-for-bill-allowing-terminally-ill-to-make-living-wills-1.1679634

96% of Canadians Want to Choose Where They Die, Poll Finds http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/96-of-canadians-want-to-choose-where-they-die-poll-finds-1.2508304

 

About personal ACP:

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-cooper/valentines-day-gifts_b_4756890.html

Why Can't We Talk About Advance Directives Together? http://www.xojane.com/healthy/advance-directives

Living Wills Help Families in Difficult Times http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/26/3053913/living-wells-help-families-in.html#storylink=cpy

Advance Directives: Important at Any Age http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Advance-Directives-Important-At-Any-Age-242871581.html

 Records Crucial in an Orderly End to Life http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/02/14/organizing-orderly-departure/7eyLcZsPl4uUsMPpzdhlkM/story.html

 Program Encourages People to Plan for End-Of-Life http://www.kare11.com/story/news/health/2014/01/21/honoring-choices-program-plan-health-care-directive/4731597/

 Expert Advice on Preparing for Critical Medical Decisions http://spacecoastdaily.com/2014/01/expert-advice-on-preparing-for-critical-medical-decisions/

 Life’s Last Milestone: Why a ‘Good Death’ Matters http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/the-hospital/lifes-last-milestone-why-a-good-death-matters/article16896444/

How Does National Healthcare Decisions Day Benefit the Nutrition Support Clinician? http://ncp.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/12/0884533614522652

 

About controversial ACP cases, opinions and decisions:

Explicit Guidelines for Advance Care Plans http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/letters/explicit-guidelines-for-advance-care-plans-1.824543

 Mark Nejame: Pregnant Brain Dead Woman Case Shows Need for Living Will

http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/2/6/living_will_battle.html

 Muñoz Lesson: How the Law Fails Us at Beginning and End of Life http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/1/the-munoz-lessonhowthelawfailsusatthebeginningandendoflife.html

 Case of Marlise Muñoz Serves as Launchpad for Future Rulings http://thedailycougar.com/2014/02/12/case-marlise-munoz-serves-launchpad-future-rulings/

 Alzheimer's Patient Must Be Fed Despite Living Will, Court Rules http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/alzheimer-s-patient-must-be-fed-despite-living-will-court-rules-1.2521964

Centre Opposes Living Will, Die with Dignity Plea http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-02-12/news/47269801_1_life-support-wills-cji-p

 

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