Nursing Times article examines delayed hospital discharge for patients with palliative needs

The current issue of Nursing Times features the findings of a (UK) audit of patients with palliative care needs. The findings point to poor communication,  equipment shortages, difficulties transferring patients to care pathways and lack of cooperation between hospitals and social care networks as causing delayed discharge for palliative patients.

View the full article here; Why do patients with complex palliative needs experience delayed hospital discharge? | Practice | Nursing Times.

Also in the current issue, Clare Lomas examines why nurses should adopt a systematic approach in facilitating patients end-of-life preferences in her article ‘Hospital nurses should be ‘systematic’about end-of-life care’

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Research in End-of-life & Palliative care – 2 new articles

Two recent articles spotlight some of the issues arising for palliative and end-of-life care researchers both in conducting searches for literature and conference abstracts and also in delivering their own research output.

In ‘Not published, not indexed: issues in generating and finding hospice and palliative care literature‘  published in the current Journal of Palliative Medicine Tieman, Abernethy and Currow address the challenges in conducting definitive searches for palliative care literature and conference abstracts. Their findings indicated a conversion rate of conference abstracts to journal publications of just 15.9%

Anyone reading Tieman et al’s article should note their reference to the Australian site Care Search – a resource well worth keeping an eye on as it provides updates on new publications and research in palliative care and bereavement.

In ‘Delivering research in end-of-life care;  problems, pitfalls and future priorities’ in the current issue of Palliative Medicine, Bennett, Davies & Higginson review challenges to presenting end-of-life care literature in light of shifting health care policy and priorities.  Members of the Therese Brady library can obtain full text copies of this article by contacting the library.

Howth Walk – Saturday June 26th

Summer afternoon;  to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language‘  Henry James

Looking for a good way to get some air into your lungs on a summer afternoon? The Irish Hospice Foundation’s annual Howth Walk takes place this Saturday (June 26th)

This sponsored walk around Howth head is open to all and donations will support the Irish Hospice Foundations children’s hospice home care programme.

It promises to be a fun family day out with facepainting, balloons, refreshments and goodie bags. To join in register at Howth Dart station between 10 and 12 on Saturday.

More details are available HERE or by calling Lisa Ryan at the Irish Hospice Foundaion on 01 6793188

So, get your walking shoes on!

Bank Holiday Monday June 7th

The Therese Brady Library will be closed for the bank holiday on

Monday June 7th

& will be not be staffed on Tuesday June 8th (although it will be open to our  postgraduate students for access)

Wishing you all a very relaxing bank holiday weekend.

Best of luck to all our Flora women’s mini marathon participants on Monday, hopefully we get good weather for a run – I’ll see you at the finish   line (If I make it that far!)

Kaleidoscope Conference 2010

Kaleidoscope, the annual palliative care conference organised by St Francis Hospice took place in Dublin Castle yesterday and today (June 2 & 3).

The conference which focuses on palliative care brought together delegates from Ireland, The UK, Australia, The USA and New Zealand.

Among the keynote speakers was Dr Michael Kearney whose address on ‘Being a healer’ drew upon greek mythology and Jungian archetypes in discussing the movement toward clinician self-awareness and fostering of the innate healing ability.  Dr David Oliviere of St Christopher’s Hospice addressed the resilience inherent to the spirit of palliative care.  Of the many speakers, a personal favourite had to be Dr Sinead Donnelly, palliative medicine consultant at Wellington Regional Hospital, New Zealand whose talk  ‘The Ends of the Earth: Cultural and Social Diversity in Palliative Care’ skillfully blended her own experience of adapting to practising in New Zealand with touching, beautifully detailed accounts of patients she had treated during her time in Wellington. Dr Donnelly closed the Wednesday afternoon session with the Irish premier of her documentary ‘Going home’, an intimate portrait of four families’ personal experiences of their loved ones death. The documentary distilled both the philosophy of palliative care to enable a ‘good death’ and the central theme of the conference; to promote connection and caring in palliative care practice.

Conference presentations and handouts are available HERE . Well done to the team at st Francis Hospice for a very well organised conference