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Health authorities with the best ideas for stopping potential cancer patients "bouncing between GPs and hospitals" are to be given a share of a £200 million funding pot. NHS England has made the funds available to regional Cancer Alliances to help find innovative ways to diagnose the disease earlier and…
Dementia and Alzheimer's disease has become the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time, new figures show. An ageing population and better diagnosis of the condition has led to dementia and Alzheimer's knocking ischaemic heart disease from the top spot, statisticians said. Of the 529,655…
This report focuses on the role of nurses in the care and support of older people and has been developed in partnership with Age NI. The work has seen the development of a co-design model of participation that can be used when working with key stakeholders including service users to…
Researchers investigating the emotional impact of cancer are looking for people affected by the disease to take part in an international study. Led by researchers at the University of Chester Research Unit for the Psychology of Health, the research is being conducted in collaboration with academics from Queen’s University of…
Palliative care is often thought of as care in the last days or hours of life but in reality it can be offered to anyone with a life limiting illness to support them throughout their disease journey. Four years ago, Lancaster University were part of a European consortium awarded a…
A new study conducted by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool (MCPCIL) shows the positive impact and reach podcasts can have on palliative care globally. MCPCIL was formed in 2004 and is a partnership between the University of Liverpool, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and…
Information on the breadth of Scotland's palliative care has been brought together for the first time by a team of academics. Described as a "Scottish atlas", it provides data on the availability of palliative care services across the country, which had previously been encompassed within UK data. Created by a…
A new computer test is helping doctors work out how long women with advanced ovarian cancer may survive. The test, developed by experts at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, highlighted a "staggering" difference between those patients who would live for five years or more and those who would…
An understanding of death is at the heart of social work practice through direct interaction with the dying and their families, encountering bereaved service users, and with the risk of death across safeguarding procedures for children and adults. It was this topic on September 6 that saw the first conference…
Doctors often get it wrong when predicting how long terminally ill people have left to live, new research suggests. A review of more than 4,600 medical notes where doctors predicted survival showed a wide variation in errors, ranging from an underestimate of 86 days to an overestimate of 93 days.…
Greater effort should be made to introduce palliative care options to elderly patients who often miss out on such services, according to a new report. Those aged 70 and over have more unmet pain and less access to generalist and specialist palliative care than younger patients, the study from the…
Significant effort needs to be made to improve out-of-hours support for people who are dying and their families in Scotland. A Freedom of Information request made by Sue Ryder revealed that only one of Scotland’s 14 health boards provides a comprehensive out-of-hours service for people who are dying. With official…
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