Let's talk about living and dying well, today
Happy Monday to all! In case you missed this, sharing an article from yesterday’s Sunday Times (20/8/2015) titled Let’s Talk About Living and Dying Well.
To read article, click here
News from LCPC : Dying Patients and their Caregivers Make Different Choices
In Early April 2015, there was an illuminating study which compares the willingness of stage IV cancer patients, and their caregivers; to pay to extend their lives by one year against that of other end-of-life improvements. The research, led by members of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care (LCPC) and collaborators from the National Cancer Centre Singapore, was recently published in the journal, Palliative Medicine.
Patients with advanced cancer or other life limiting illnesses often have to consider how much money they are willing to spend on high cost treatments that result in only moderate improvements in length or quality of life. These decisions are very difficult for patients to make, and in some cases the decision is entirely deferred to a family caregiver.
Past research has shown that in addition to extending life, being free of pain and dying at home are important considerations for people nearing the end of their lives. However, the value that patients place on these considerations or their willingness to pay for either was not previously known.
A team led by Professor Eric Finkelstein and Assistant Professor Chetna Malhotra from the LCPC in Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) administered surveys to 211 patients with stage IV cancer and their informal caregivers to find out more about their end-of-life preferences.
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A Palliative Care Filmlet - produced with Team Project Happy Apples
After many months collaborating with the Project Happy Apples team, comprising a group of medical undergraduates from the NUS-Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, a series of posters and a short filmlet were produced. Launched in 12 October 2013, the posters and filmlet aim to raise awareness in as well as increase usage of palliative care services. Special mention to students from the NTU's Wee Khim Wee School of Communications who helped produce the filmlet.
To view the video recording on YouTube, please click here
Click here to view the posters.
Voices for Hospices Charity Concert 2013
Strike Force getting the audience to "Change the World"
The Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) recently held its Voices for Hospice Charity Concert on Saturday, 12 October 2013. Graced by Senior Minister of State (Health), Dr Amy Khor, the concert, which is SHC's main fund raising platform saw a very good crowd turn out at the 1200-capacity Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre. The audience enjoyed themselves thoroughly - not surprising given the excellent and entertaining line up comprising many talented (including) young performers such as Miguel Antonio, Lauren Yeo, students from the School of the Arts, the legendary Rahima Rahim and the energetic percussion group, Strike Force.
In her speech, Dr Khor revealed that the Ministry of Health is keen to expand the palliative care sector. To read her speech in full, click here.
We thank the organising Committee for their collective hard work and until the next concert in 2015!
SHC-LCPC Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Forum
The landscape – the Past, the Present… and the Possibilities
Date & Time: Tuesday, 26th Jan 2016, 1pm to 2pm
Venue : HCA Hospice Care, Level 3 Auditorium 12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308437
Lunch & Registration from 12 noon
1 CME/CNE Accredited Points
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There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through sharing together, praying together, suffering together and working together.