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Activating Patients and Families to Improve Palliative Care: The Waiting Room Revolution

We need to support and educate palliative care specialists and generalist providers, especially family physicians, on how to integrate an early palliative care approach into care for those with a serious illness. However, there are very few care providers compared to the number of patients and caregivers in society. To increase access to palliative care at a population level, we need a waiting room revolution, one where patients and families shift from being passive to being active in shaping their experience with serious illness.

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 16:37

Who Cares About Care? Family Members as Moral Actors in Treatment Decision Making

The article focuses on the discussion by highlighting the role of family members as moral actors within and beyond the hospital setting. Topics include the commentary draws on concepts of intersectoral care and family ethics as well as on our own research in the long-term home care setting, the background of demographic changes and shifts in morbidity structures, and the family caregivers often accept care takeover without hesitation.

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 16:16

COVID-19 and Intellectual Disability: Supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families

In March 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, or COVID19, as a pandemic, due to its rapid spread around the globe. Ireland, along with other countries around the world, is taking action and putting in place plans to curtail the COVID-19 virus. However, people with intellectual disabilities are a group at a significantly higher risk than others.

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 12:09

Protecting the elderly through and beyond the Covid-19 lockdown

Extract: ...Add to this the knowledge that assaults and domestic murders surge by as much as 25% during a festive season - a time of increased financial strain and closer proximity of family members - and the present Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, the current environment for older people looks deeply concerning.

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 13:40

Carers need respite from care. COVID-19’s limiting the options & pushing many to breaking point

One in ten Australians provide care for a loved one, sustaining families and saving governments huge sums on care services. But what do they do now?

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 13:00

Survivorship and Caregiver Issues in Neuro-oncology

Opinion Statement: As cancer care has evolved so has the awareness of the issues cancer patients, their caregivers and families face during and after treatment, giving rise to the cancer survivorship care initiative. The body of research pertaining to quality of life, health-related quality of life, and multidimensional symptom burden of neuro-oncology patients and their caregivers has grown significantly, yielding a wealth of data and information indicating interventions and actions targeting symptoms and needs are both warranted and desired.

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 12:03

Commentary: The psychosocial needs and quality of life of family caregivers of patients with organ transplant

The reviewed study addresses the needs of the family caregivers of transplant patients in Iran and as the title suggests examines both psychosocial needs and quality of life (QoL), the results of which highlighted the importance of the provision of assurance and information for family caregivers.

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 13:31

Global Convergence: Aging and Long-Term Care Policy Challenges in the Developing World

Aging around the world poses a global challenge in eldercare. This challenge is particularly felt in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where population aging outpaces the development of aged care policies and services. This Perspective highlights the phenomenon of global convergence in several unsettling trends and challenges shared across LMICs.

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:36

Supporting carers in their careers

In the June edition of the British Ecological Society Bulletin The Niche, an article appeared that I wrote about student carers in the UK.  The BES is a huge network of people who work in the environmental sector in the UK, but also around the world, it’s a network of peers that I hope to move into in my career. I’m very happy to have appeared within it, but also a little daunted given the nature of the article. I have reproduced the article here, followed by a discussion about it.

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 11:52

Family matters! - The caregivers' perspective of Mental Healthcare Act 2017

Mental health continues to fight for acceptance in health care all over the world. The need for a separate act for mental illnesses proves this fact even more. The very nature of the mental illness has necessitated legislation to aid the service providers and service users.

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 15:32

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