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EOL Essentials Project News

EDITION 22 - March 2018

What's New in the Project?

Do you have trouble choosing the right words when discussing end-of-life care? If you do - you are not alone! Euphemisms for end-of-life and dying are so common. Deb Rawlings, with others, has researched this fascinating area and you can read about it in this article published in The Conversation

Deb joins End-of-Life Essentials on the Executive Team.  Deb has valuable experience across a range of education and research in her current position at Flinders University.

Deidre Morgan also joins the Executive Team. Deidre is passionate about ways to optimise patient function at the end-of-life and also the best timing for allied health interventions. Deidre also is an academic at Flinders University.  

The team are currently updating all the modules to ensure the material is current and relevant to you. Access will not be interrupted during this time.

Below: Deb Rawlings, Deidre Morgan and Kim Devery (Project Lead)   

Sector News

  • The first step to making a person’s stay in hospital safer is to understand the different forms of cognitive impairment, the people who are at risk, and what we need to be alert to. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is running the Caring for Cognitive Impairment campaign aimed at improving our knowledge and care practices, providing better outcomes for patients, hospitals, staff and loved ones, and reducing the risk of harm in hospitals.
  • How do we define compassion? Is it an emotional state, a motivation, a dispositional trait, or a cultivated attitude? How does it compare to altruism and empathy? The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science presents critical scientific evidence and provides a foundation for this new and rapidly growing field.  With chapters on compassion in action, in leadership and in health care, this book comes highly recommended for anyone interested in quality end-of-life care. 

Latest Evidence

  • Advances in medicine have helped many to live longer lives and to be able to meet health challenges. Being able to talk about death is seen to be important in normalising death as part of life, and supporting preparedness for death. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide opportunities for the community to engage in collaborative learning and enables participants to openly and supportively discuss and learn about issues around living, death and dying. This article explores the normally unheard opinions and views of Australians and what effect the MOOC had on participants’ feelings and attitudes towards death and dying.

    Tieman J, Miller-Lewis L, Rawlings D, Parker D, Sanderson C. The Contribution of a MOOC to Community Discussions Around Death and Dying. BMC Palliat Care. 2018 Feb 20;17(1):31. doi: 10.1186/s12904-018-0287-3
  • The importance of emotional support for dying persons and their families is well established, yet we know less about how careworkers understand emotional processes related to death and dying, or how these understandings are connected to care practices and emotional labour at the end of life. This study explores how healthcare workers interpret and respond to emotional needs of dying persons and their families. 

    Funk LM, Peters S, Roger KS. Caring about dying persons and their families: Interpretation, practice and emotional labour. Health Soc Care Community. 2018 Feb 20. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12559. [Epub ahead of print] .

For your Notice Board

Each month we will feature a fact sheet, a poster or other resource that you can print and share on your notice board or in your tearoom.

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April 2018 

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End-of-Life Essentials is based on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care, and the Commission provides ongoing advice to the project.

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