I hope you enjoy this selection of articles (and some links to photos and videos) about palliative care, research and related topics. If you make it to the bottom, I’m interested to know what you think of the last link. Please share your thoughts, and any recommendations, in the comments section.
“Why is so difficult to prognositicate?” asks neurologist Jules Montague, examining cases of poor prognostication throughout history. (Why doctors get it wrong, The Guardian UK)
Team Palliverse still have a place in our heart for textbooks, and we love it even more when their editors write blog posts. To mark the release of the fifth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, the OUP blog is publishing a 3-part series titled “Facing the challenges of palliative care”. Part 1 (Continuity) and Part 2 (Development) are available now. (Oxford University Press)
I have so many links to share with you. Here are a few of them:
Australian critical care doctor and blogger Andy W writes about death and taxes and asks, “…why is it that we seem to spend so much time talking about the taxes, and not nearly enough about death?” Thought-provoking stuff. “The Things That Are Certain“, The Flying PhD
The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office released its report on the provision of palliative care services in the state this week. It’s findings and recommendations are both heartening and worrying. Mainstream and palliative care media responses can be found here and here.
The Australian Medical Association also released its position statement on Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care Facilities earlier this week.
Many of us love a great TED talk. Haven’t heard of them? Or simply looking for a few more to feed your addiction? Check out this playlist on “New ways to think about death”.
A few reflective pieces to fill your head and heart this weekend:
I’d recommend the current issues of New Philospher (#7: Health) and Quarterly Essay (#57: Dear Life) for some palliative care-related reading. If you can’t make it to the book shop here are some online reads:
Hi and welcome to the first “Elsewhere in the Palliverse” for 2015. There is an (unintentional) geriatric flavour to this week’s links. This is possibly because today marks the end of a six-month geriatrics rotation for me, or maybe because another year has ended and birthday has passed. Regardless, I hope that Palliverse readers enjoy the following links:
Professor Rod McLeod gives some background on his article in this month’s European Journal of Palliative Care, ‘Making it easier to die at home – an innovative programme in New South Wales, Australia’. (Making it easier to die at home – EAPC Blog)
If you’re lucky enough to have a break over the summer holiday season, I would advise that you to avoid anything work-related. However, if you just can’t pull yourself away from the worlds of palliative care and research, here (in no particular order) are some related links:
Check out the short films from Little Stars TV, sharing stories of paediatric palliative care.
Need a last-minute gift for an older person? See GeriPal’s list of Gifts for Seniors (although my Dad didn’t seem to appreciate it when I shared it with him!)
A medical conference with rapping and singalongs? I’d love to attend this “creative medical conference“, which explores “the spaces between medicine and humanities and media and technology.” (Dotmed conference via Irish Times)
Some of our readers will be able to relate to this piece on the post-PhD slump. I am slowly working my way through the rest of this excellent blog, Patter, from Professor Pat Thomson.
The Heart Sisters blog (@HeartSisters) is a great read for a patient’s perspective of living with heart disease and navigating the health care system.
Another patient blog I recommend is Living with Bob (Dysautonomia) (@RustyHoe). She writes detailed, thoughtful posts about living with chronic illness. Her descriptions of dysautonomia symptoms are eloquent. I can’t do it justice. Check it out.
Social media is a broad term that includes all sorts of online platforms and interactions, from the blogs* I follow (and share) via my RSS reader, to Youtube videos, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, slideshare and beyond. This week’s “Elsewhere in the Palliverse” visits the intersection of social media, palliative care and research.
I’ll be spending the weekend enjoying the sunshinereminiscing over holiday snaps catching up with tweets from #CancerCongress, #PPCConference, #COSA2014 working on an ethics proposal. If you’re looking for something to do, try this reading list.
The Conversation takes a look at problems with peer review. “Many now believe that long-standing metrics of academic research – peer review, citation-counting, impact factor – are reaching breaking point. But we are not yet in a position to place complete trust in the alternatives – altmetrics, open science, and post-publication review.”
Finally, join the weekly (zombie-free) #hpmglobal tweetchat on Monday (17/11/14 at 11pm AEDT) to discuss an article from BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care about support networks of end-of-life carers. #hpmglobal chat is hosted by Aussie ex-pat Dr Jim Cleary (@jfclearywisc), with participants from several continents. For instruction in how to participate in a tweetchat, see Sonia’s post Twitter 102.
I hope you enjoy these and stay safe from zombies!