Membership Matters

2021; Volume 22, No 10, October

Members’ Impact

If you have an achievement of note—recently published article, book, award, new program established, etc.—that you wish to share with your IAHPC colleagues, please contact Genevieve Napier.

Dr. William Rosa is the lead author of a research article, Optimizing the Global Nursing Workforce to Ensure Universal Palliative Care Access and Alleviate Serious Health-Related Suffering Worldwide, published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management in July.

The aims were to summarize palliative nursing contributions to PC access, identify emerging nursing roles, and promote nursing leadership development to enhance universal access to PC.

The study concludes that these goals can be achieved by “[s]trategic investments in international and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as policy changes and the safe expansion of high-quality nursing care.”

Dr. Scott Murray paired with Jordi Amblàs to write about how Palliative Care Is Increasing, but Curative Care Is Growing Even Faster in the Last Months of Life, which appeared in the Life & Times section of the British Journal of General Practice after first being published in July 2021 in BJGP Life. The article speaks about: planned care, and how the change from curative to palliative care is becoming less abrupt; and the over-medicalization of death. It concludes that “low-value, high-cost care can cause much suffering” that early palliative care can prevent or ameliorate.

In August, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care published an article by a team of researchers, led by Hammoda Abu-Odah, on Global Palliative Care Research (2002-2020): Bibliometric review and mapping analysis. The review of 19,199 articles identified seven clusters of research: heart failure and cancer prognosis, nursing home, pain and symptoms management, PC knowledge and attitudes, quality improvement of services, PC ethics, and the ongoing assessment of PC services. It concludes that PC research about noncancer diseases needs to expand, and “[m]ore international and cross-institutional cooperation [especially between high- and lower-income countries] is required to address more global PC issues.”

Dr. Gary Rodin is part of a team of researchers, led by Dr. Madeline Li, whose study protocol was published in July in BCM Palliative Medicine. The Medical Assistance in Dying in Patients with Advanced Cancer and Their Caregivers: A mixed methods longitudinal study protocol “is designed to determine the prevalence, predictors, and experience of the DD [desire for death], requests for MAiD [medical assistance in dying], and MAiD completion in patients with advanced or metastatic cancer and the impact of these outcomes on their primary caregivers.” The study is specific to Canada, which established legal criteria for MAiD in 2016.

Links to IAHPC programs mentioned above: Global Consensus-Based Palliative Care Definition, COVID-19 Briefing Notes, and Global Palliative Care Database. Also read the IAHPC Position Statement on Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide.

Members in This Month’s Newsletter

The IAHPC leadership would like to thank the many members who participated in stories and columns in this month’s newsletter.

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List of Members

A list of individuals who joined, or renewed their membership with, IAHPC during the past month.

Membership renewals
Name Country
Jan Phillips Australia
Madeleine Juhrmann Australia
Phuntsho Om Bhutan
LANKOADE Martin Burkina Faso
Gregorio Zuniga Villanueva Canada
Diane A. Dykeman-Sabado Dominican Republic
Gerardo Arturo Orellana El Salvador
Maria Dionysi Galilee Palliative Care Unit Greece
Hammoda Abu-Odah Hong Kong SAR, China
Eva Paoletti Italy
Harre Haren Ramasamy Malaysia
Sheriza Izwa Zainuddin Malaysia
Bhawna Wagle Nepal
Farah Anil Pakistan
Carlo Miguel Matanguihan Philippines
Shannon Odell South Africa
Lucy Watts United Kingdom
New members
Name Country
Gloria Pavey Australia
End-of-Life Care Research Group Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Ghent University, Belgium Belgium
Julia Wildish Canada
Shitsundzuxo Shane Chauke South Africa
Hilary Grey South Africa
Christine Schaeffer United States
Ramya Sampath United States

See the full list of IAHPC members

Do you have any questions regarding membership issues?

Contact Ms. Genevieve Napier

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