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  • An extensive array of palliative care resources including comfort, supportive, hospice, end-of-life, terminal and bereavement care.
  • A design based on the Conceptual Framework of Palliative Care and the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategy for developing palliative care capacity.

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Treat the Pain / LIFE Before Death

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16. 'Pain in China'
16. Pain in China
There is a widespread cultural fear of the use of opioids in China and other parts of Asia. Pain is often treated with a variety of traditional Chinese medicine techniques rather than with essential medicines.

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Barry Ashpole's Media Watch 660: Palliative care skills and new resources for oncology practices: Meeting the palliative care needs of patients with cancer and their families

Oncologists can develop new communication skills that were not included in their fellowship curricula, skills that integrate into their visits the subjects that PC clinicians discuss routinely with patients referred to them. This review offers three questions matched to communication skills that can help oncologists explore key areas: 1) What is happening?; 2) How do you (and I) feel?; and, 3) What is important? … and discusses the "REMAP" strategy for making urgent medical decisions. The authors review the impact of community-based PC resources and telehealth on care quality, patient centeredness, and reducing costs. Full text: view source »

COVID-19: End-of-Life Care

Pandemic palliative care: Beyond ventilators and saving lives

CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL | Online – 31 March 2020 – The severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2) pandemic will likely strain our healthcare system beyond capacity, and palliative care (PC) services will be needed across many different care settings, including intensive care units, hospital wards, emergency departments and long-term care. Shared decision-making between clinicians and patients is a core process in planning for the end of life (EoL); however, in a pandemic, patient autonomy to choose life-prolonging measures or location of death could be severely restricted as a result of public health directives and resource availability, and some patients may necessarily be isolated at EoL. Previous mass casualty events have taught us much about how best to triage patients requiring care, and some of this work can be adapted to PC; but little has been written on how to manage those who are not offered life-sustaining measures. The authors advise acting now to stockpile medications and supplies used in PC, train staff to meet PC needs, optimize our space, refine our systems, alleviate the effects of separation, have critical conversations and focus on marginalized populations to ensure that all patients are cared for equitably. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has been tragic for many people worldwide. Failing to provide Canadians with effective PC would compound that tragedy. Full text (click on pdf icon): view source »

In the lay press

It's time to get serious about end-of-life care for high-risk Coronavirus patients

TIME MAGAZINE | Online – 30 March 2020 – According to a report … published in 2017, in the U.S. just 58% of people have had a conversation with their loved ones about end-of-life (EoL) wishes.1 Only 25% have documented their EoL wishes in the form of an advance directive (AD), and less than 20% discussed those wishes with their healthcare provider. This often leaves families in the incredibly difficult position of making life and death decisions on behalf of their sick loved ones. Ideally, one engages in advance care planning early in life, before a serious illness or medical crisis ensues. But, the reality is, COVID-19 has taken away our control over many things, including, possibly, our final days. In the absence of an AD, an established healthcare proxy or available next of kin, the default approach is aggressive, invasive treatment in the intensive care unit. This traditionally can include placing a thick, hard, plastic tube down your windpipe, inserting needles into your blood vessels, and using machines to maintain your regular bodily functions (a ventilator to help you breathe, a dialysis machine that filters your blood when your kidneys are damaged). In the new era of COVID-19, the protocols aren't as clear. Some hospitals are considering a do-not-resuscitate policy for all infected patients. Bioethicists have weighed in on the need for hospitals to create triage committees, a team of nurses and doctors that evaluate COVID-19 cases and remove the burden of rationing care from the individual providers. Given that we know only a minority of elderly people and those living with serious illnesses who are put on ventilators will survive this pandemic to leave the hospital, this is a reality that must be discussed now. view source »

1. 'Views and Experiences with End-of-Life Medical Care in the U.S.,' Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist, April 2017. [Noted in 1 May 2017 issue of Media Watch (#510, p.3)] Download/view at: view source »

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Crossroads of Grief Project -- Grieving or Bereaved Children: Literature Review (2015-2018)

The Children & Youth Grief Network of Peel Region (in Ontario, Canada) recently published a review of the literature focused on the many different aspects of grief and bereavement among children and young people. The main focus is on the evidence-based studies published in peer-reviewed journals, reflecting current thinking on the many issues identified. You can download/view an overview of the literature (PDF .8 MB) or the full literature review (PDF .8 MB).


Always Changing

Media Watch

EPERC Fast Facts: What's New (open access)
Review the latest EPERC Fast Facts; access all the Fast Facts

JCO Art of Oncology (open access)
New articles posted monthly… also read this special article:

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ELNEC Curricula in Russian and Spanish

  • contact Pam Malloy at for the English version

EPEC-Oncology Curriculum in English


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WHO: Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2011
The noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) situation in 193 countries

ESMO Guide: "How to Get the Most out of Your Oncologist: a Guide for Patients with Advanced Cancer" (PDF 2 MB)
For patients and their family members, it provides practical advice regarding cancer care, communicating with oncologists, important questions to ask, getting information and the challenges of living with an advanced cancer. For practicing oncologists, the guide will serve as a tool to help focus important discussions with their patients and to assist in addressing the many issues their patients are confronting.

I Was Sick and You Cared for Me: a Church-based Response to Palliative Care in Tanzania
A report of a two-year pilot project led by international NGO Tearfund, with support from the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, to introduce palliative care into the hospitals and remote communities of Tanzania's lake zone, in the north of the country. (PDF 946KB)

Palliative Care Development in Africa: How Can We Provide Enough Quality Care? R A Powell, F N Mwangi-Powell, F Kiyange, L Radbruch, R Harding. BMJ Support Palliat Care 2011;1:113-114

Thinking Ahead: My Life at the End
A resource for people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves and stay in control of their lives through the end of their lives. Open access. PDFs available in Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish

Pain Code: Get Pain Under Control Quickly, Charles von Gunten, Provost, the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice on Medscape
How to get the pain under control quickly when there's a pain crisis.

Palliative Care: What Approaches are Suitable in Developing Countries? By Henry Ddungu, MD, Uganda, in the British Journal of Haematology 2011; 154(6): 728–735. PMID: 21707576.

Balsam: The Lebanese Center for Palliative Care
A non-governmental organization that works to relieve patient suffering and improve quality of life.

Variation between End-of-Life Health Care Costs in Los Angeles and San Diego: Why are They so Different? Kaplan RM. J Palliat Med. 2011 Feb;14(2):215-20. PMID: 21314574 Open Access.
Medical care, particularly at the end of life, is significantly more expensive in Los Angeles (LA) (> US $43,000 in the last 2 years of life) than in San Diego (< US $29,000), yet quality measures tend to favor in San Diego. Non-emergent hospital admissions and inpatient care at the end of life are important contributors to the cost differences. There is little reason to believe that the greater spending for health care in LA results in better patient outcomes

Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. Temel JS, Greer JA, Muzikansky A, Gallagher ER, Admane S, Jackson VA, Dahlin CM, Blinderman CD, Jacobsen J, Pirl WF, Billings JA, Lynch TJ. N Engl J Med. 2010 Aug 19;363(8):733-42. PMID: 20818875 Open Access.
Among patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, early palliative care led to significant improvements in both quality of life and mood. As compared with patients receiving standard care, patients receiving early palliative care had less aggressive care at the end of life but longer survival.

ACS: American Cancer Society International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators (ACSBI), Application Deadline November 01, 2011
The ACSBI fellowship emphasizes the transfer of knowledge from the host institute to others at the home institute. It offers the fellow the opportunity to be mentored by experts in the chosen field, receive hands on experience in clinical, behavioural or basic research, intellectual stimulation, research guidance, narrative transfer and many other opportunities to evolve scientifically and academically.

APCA: Special report on Palliative Care by the Africa Health Magazine supported by the Diana Fund (PDF 7.3MB)

Frank D. Ferris presents Goals and Challenges of Palliative Care on UCSD TV

Frank D. Ferris discusses Palliative Care on CFAX Canadian Radio (audio only)

Freedom from Pain, Al Jazeera TV, July 20, 2011

For many in the West pain ends with a pill, but elsewhere the war on drugs is cutting people off from pain medication.

Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control

An initiative convened by the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to design, implement and evaluate innovative, multi-stakeholder strategies for expanding access to cancer prevention, detection and care.

Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa Congress, August 2011

View videos of the congress presentations

Human Rights Watch: Ukraine: Uncontrolled Pain Ukraine's Obligation to Ensure Evidence-Based

This 93-page report describes Ukrainian government policies that make it impossible for cancer patients living in rural areas to get essential pain medications.

IOM Report: Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research (open access)

In this report, the IOM offers a blueprint for action in transforming prevention, care, education, and research, with the goal of providing relief for people with pain in America.

Kenya National Cancer Control Strategy 2011-2016 published in August 2011 (PDF 650KB)

The Lancet: Managing pain effectively, 25 June 2011; 377 (9784):2151 (open access)

An overview of The Lancet's new clinical Series focusing on treatments for postoperative, chronic non-cancer, and chronic cancer pain.

MECC: Can We Overcome the Effect of Conflicts in Rendering Palliative Care? An Introduction to the Middle Eastern Cancer Consortium (MECC) Current Oncology Reports 2011; 13 (4): 302-307, PMID: 21538041

"Pawsitive Pals"

A video highlighting San Diego Hospice's Pet Therapy Program

Republic of Georgia Updates

Watch several recent videos on palliative care; download the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan for Palliative Care

Stop Torture in Health Care, Open Society Foundations

The severity of the pain experienced by patients denied pain relief can be as great or greater than that of traditional torture techniques, and it can last longer. Although not acting out of malice, health workers and policymakers restrict access to pain medicines for inappropriate reasons such as exaggerated fears of addiction, failure to educate or train physicians in palliative care, arbitrary regulations on morphine-derived substances, and preoccupation with drug control rather than concern for people with pain.

Strategic Planning Summit for the Advancement of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy

The Summit was developed by a multidisciplinary advisory board including pharmacists, physicians and nurses to examine the education and development of pharmacists on pain and palliative care across the entire professional continuum.

Switzerland: National Cancer Program 2005 – 2010

Incorporating palliative care…PDFs available in French, German and English.

Wolfson International Bursaries 2011, Help the Hospices

This grant programme aims to increase and improve the provision of palliative care in commonwealth resource-poor countries.

5 Stories: highlights San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine

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IPM International Program Partners

The International Programs at the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice is delighted to have many partners in our international work.

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Funding Partners

The Office of International Affairs, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA OIA: Office of International Affairs, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland
Open Society Foundations IPCI: International Palliative Care Initiative, Public Health Networks,
Open Society Foundations, New York
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund Diana Fund: The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, London, UK
IAHPC: International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care IAHPC: International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

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