French bishops’ statement on euthanasia. They condemn euthanasia and deplore the lack of palliative care

They condemn euthanasia and also deplore the difficulty in accessing palliative care in France, as well as the lack of training offered to healthcare workers in this area. Past March, 118 bishops in France signed a statement entitled, “End of life: Yes to the urgency of...

Palliative care and sedation. When is it suitable to sedate a patient and when is it covert euthanasia?

A proportional sedation of intense sufferings patients totally invalidates pro-euthanasia arguments In Italy, the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the death of Marina Ripa de Meana, multifaceted writer and Italian cinema and television celebrity, who died on 4 January at...

Why is not palliative care included in WHO Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals?

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a priority of the “Sustainable Development” objectives programmed until 2030 by WHO (see HERE). Aspects to cover include vaccinations, pre- and neonatal care, antiretroviral treatments and treatments for some serious diseases. They do not,...

Palliative care in Latin America. Patients who require this treatment do not have access to it

Palliative is a patient right  Since its introduction in the 1980s, palliative care has been evolving gradually in Latin America. There are currently 922 services in 19 countries. This corresponds to 1.63 services per million inhabitants, so most patients in the region who...

United States commits to improve both physicians training and palliative care quality

A system to prepare physicians to address this type of medical need that showed a significant improvement in the quality of life expected in patients with serious illnesses. In 1998 in the United States, only 15% of hospitals with 50 beds or more had an official palliative care...

Palliative care in Great Britain. A report shows lights and shadows

Palliative care is well established in the United Kingdom, where its practice began in 1967 by Cicely Saunders in St. Christopher’s Hospital.  However, despite its intrinsic goodness, a report on April this year highlighted several limitations in its use, namely that: it...

Providing death ritual to patients may be a way to decrease burnout among medical personnel

Based on the increasing rates of suicide among medical staff in North America and other countries, many studies have been published and institutions are working to prevent it. In this sense, an article in the Journal of Palliative Care (see HERE) presents one way to decrease...

Euthanasia doctor’s dilemma confronting the new scenario where the Euthanasia Law has been approved

A recent interview published by New England Journal Medicine gives an overview of the doctors’ dilemmas confronting the new scenario in the Americans states where the Euthanasia Law has been approved (read HERE). The interview with Dr Bernard Lo, on aid-in-dying laws and...

African physicians as a whole reject euthanasia and physician-assisted-suicide

Strengthening palliative care for patients with terminally ill ailments across Africa as the main way to fight euthanasia trends The President of The World Medical Association (WMA) – African region, Ogirima has called for a strengthening of palliative care for patients...

Spiritual support may positively affect the quality of life for terminally-ill patients

Spiritual support may represent a crucial element in the medical care received by terminally-ill patients. An interesting article published in JAMA Intern Med (see HERE) describes a study wherein the authors evaluate the spiritual support for terminally-ill patients provided by...
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