Library Ireland week – Bereavement Bibliotherapy Booklet Launch

To mark Library Ireland Week March 8th to 13th the Library will launch a new bereavement bibliotherapy leaflet on March 9th.

Bibliotherapy is the practice of reading recommended books to aid the therapeutic process. The Irish Hospice Foundation library holds a large collection of bereavement support books and personal stories of bereavement and loss of which a short list of recommended titles for various types of bereavement has been drawn up and compiled in a booklet which will be made available to health and public libraries as well as bereavement support groups.

The launch will take place in the Hospice Foundation, Morrision Chambers, 32 Nassau St and guests will also have the opportunity to tour the  library and to learn more about the library collection and services.

All are welcome along on the night – the event will take place between 6 and 8 and light refreshments will be provided.  If you would like to come please email

For more information about other events during Library Ireland Week  have a look at the Library Ireland Week  event calender.

lies, damn lies & health statistics

Need to find statistical data on healthcare, diseases or mortality?

Here is a roundup of just a few sources for health statistics – not an exhaustive list by any   means but a quick guide for anyone hunting healthcare statistics.

Central Statistics Office Health and Social Conditions – an obvious first port of call if you are looking for Irish statistics on healthcare expenditure, The quarterly statistics provide regular updates on births and death figures.

Department of health & Children statistics

DOHC statistics site with latest key health trends

Eurostat – EU statistics portal

Includes statistical data on healthcare expenditure and life expectancy rates

World Health Organization mortality data

Tables of mortality rates by country including cause of death

Uk Office for national statistics – death and mortality rates

Includes causes of death, mortality by disease

OECD Health Statistics Portal

Health expenditure, mortality rates, chronic illness rates and links to OECD health at a glance publications.

National Library of Medicine health statistics guide

Tips for finding health statistics online

HERC -Health Economics Research Centre

Oxford University Centre for health economics research, a good source of data on healthcare expenditure.

– When you are done gathering all those statistics to help you evaluate all that information and give you some guidelines on evaluating health information online have a look at THIS handy check list from the American Medical Library Association on evaluating online medical information.

End of life care snapshot report

Omega, the UK national association for end of life care has just released the findings of    the most in depth investigation into end of life care in UK primary care.

‘End of life care in primary care 2009 national snapshot’ reports findings of a 2009 audit of 4487 deaths from 502 General Practices. Findings indicate significant increase in the number of GPs using Gold Standard framework guidelines for end of life care with 60% of patients recorded in the audit having had their end of life care coordinated using a care pathway.

GPs difficulty in accurately identifying the need for end of life care was highlighted as a continuing challenge.

The full report can be obtained HERE and examples of the practice reports and action notes are available HERE