Up coming conference dates

With summer rapidly approaching here are a few seminars,  conferences and training dates of interest in the coming weeks and months.

5TH AprilNothing about me without me; how to really involve people in end-of-life care – National Council for Palliative Care NCPC (UK) – London. This conference looks at bringing the patient into the end-of-life care process. Case studies and presenters will illustrate ways in which a patient centred approach has been adopted in caring for patients with from a diverse range of backgrounds.

April 6th & 7th18th Moving points in palliative care conference – Diverse needs at end of life; traditions, transitions and transformations – Our Lady’s Hospice Education centre Harolds Cross. This year the focus of the moving points conference will be on the increasing diversity and change in end of life care needs. The conference programme features speakers from a range of disciplines including Psychology, Physiotherapy and Psychiatry. Speakers include; Dr Tony Bates, founder of Headstrong, Christy Kenneally, who will give the keynote address and Dr Joan Mc Carthy, co author of the Ethical Framework for end-of-life care who will discuss ethical viewpoints in end-of-life care provision.

Kaleidoscope Logo - St Francis Hospice

1st & 2nd  June – 1oth annual Kaleidscope conference  – Palliative care; the human experience’ Dublin Castle

This years St Francis Hospice Kaleidoscope conference will address the human experiences of palliative care  from patient family and healthcare practitioner perspectives addressing topics such as bereavement, talking about death and dying, self care for palliative care workers and supporting people with dementia and intellectual disability with grief.

22nd-24th June – International Society for Advanced Care Planning & End-of-Life Care Conference. London

This conference will address the growing prominence of advance care planning and the emerging trends in advanced care planning policy and practice.

June 25th & 26th ‘Death & dying in the digital age‘ University of Bath Centre for Death & Society.  This conference explores how new technology and digital interaction affects the dying, the bereaved and how we communicate about death and dying.

Europe-wide survey reveals priorities for end-of-life care

Europe-wide survey reveals priorities for end-of-life care.

A new study of end-of-life care preferences in the UK, the Netherlands, Belguim, Portugal, Spain and Italy conducted by Kings College London has revealed that for many the quality of their remaining time outweighs quantity of remaining years.

The study, conducted by EU funded PRISMA consortium (based in KCL) addressed peoples attitudes to issues around end-of-life care like dealing with pain, the buden of being cared for by a loved one and the value of extending life in cases of serious illness.

71% of the 9339 people surveyed indicated they would rather improve the quality of the life they had left with only 4% of respondents stating they would wish to extend life.  Professor Irene Higginson, head of PRISMA sees the findings as an indication that more emphasis needs to be placed on patients priorities for care at end-of-life.


Word cloud of Therese Brady Library reference support queries

Would you like to get reference support from the Therese Brady Library? We offer an annual membership option for people working in bereavement, palliative or end-of-life care – details of which are available HERE

As an overview of the type of material we hold and the type of enquiries we receive here’s an interesting word cloud of the external research enquiries and queries we get.
Wordle: Therese Brady Library - Irish Hospice Foundation

St Patrick’s day closure


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As the Irish Hospice Foundation offices will be closed for the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday on Thursday March 17th the Therese Brady Library will be closed during this time and will re open on Friday March 18th at 9 am.

Wishing you all a very happy St Patrick’s Day!


Smart research – Smart phone apps in palliative care & bereavement

Continuing the theme of smart libraries and smart research tools here are just a few smart phone apps to make keeping up to date with new research in palliative care and bereavement even easier.

PubMed Apps – If you regularly conduct searches for medical literature online you are likely to be familiar with PubMed the National Library of Medicines Medline citation database. PubMed has several smart phone apps both free and fee based.

PubMed on Tap – This app has both a free and a paid version. Pubmed on Tap is the paid version and costs €2.39 while on tap lite is the free version. Both allow for PubMed searching and include reference storage, PDF retrieval from the web, links to full text articles will open in your phone’s browser and both apps integrate the advanced search features of the PubMed database. Of the free PubMed apps  PubMed lite is probably the best though search results are limited to ten items so if you plan on making extensive use of PubMed on your phone it may be worth opting for the full version of PubMed on Tap.

British Medical Journal Logo Like PubMed, The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has a number of apps catering to different specialities from disease specific apps (diabetes, depression) to apps for medical students and a doctors toolkit. Of the BMJ apps, the Best Practice Decision support app is relevant to all allied health professionals. It provides a searchable database of guidelines, evidence and symptom details and facilitates quick access to expert opinion and best practice guides across medical disciplines.

Journal RSS – This is a really useful free app which enables RSS feeds from selected journal publications direct to your phone. You can select journal titles from a range of publishers like Elsevier, Oxford and Nature and  receive RSS updates and table of content alerts.

PalliMed Blog app

PalliMed is a blog dedicated to providing information, research reviews and commentary on Palliative, End-of-Life and hospice care. Its contributors are palliative care physicians and the blog is a valuable resource for new publications and insight on end-of-life issues. The Pallimed app is free  and is available for both iphone and andriod.

Similarly the GeriPal blog aims to provide up to date insight and research reviews on palliative care and geriatrics. The Geripal app is free and provides mobile access to the blog. This is a particularly useful app for anyone with a particular interest in eldercare.

Getting smart at the Therese Brady Library – What is a QR code?

This week (Library Ireland Week) is all about smart libraries, or finding smarter ways to use libraries and access information quickly and while on the move so no better time to introduce you to QR codes.

QR or Quick Response (or Quick Reference) codes are three-dimensional barcodes designed to be scanned by smartphones (iPhone or Android). They act as embedded information links and have begun to appear in magazines, billboards, advertisements business cards and …libraries.

In a library context the QR code works as a rapid route to additional information. To use a QR code you will need a smart phone, or a phone with internet capability (like an iphone, HTC desire or wildfire or Samsung Galaxy to name but a few). The phone’s camera will be able to scan the QR code, or you can download a QR reader app to perform this function. Once scanned the code will open up embedded URL link or information on your phone’s web browser.

Libraries have begun using QR codes to embed quick links in posters and promotional flyers to take you directly to additional support material (for example the posters in the library with QR codes linking to the blog) or to link to subject portals, QR codes can even be seen in some library catalogues to link to further details about the title  (have a look at THIS library catalogue to see QR codes for titles)

To get started check that you have a QR scanner on your phone & scan the code above – for additional details contact Laura in the library.