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This issue contains updates on new resource trials, spotlights some library titles to help you
write better reports and proposals and gives a roundup of some recent research articles of
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Up coming conferences and dates February 16th – Palliative care for the older person – Our lady’s Hospice, Dublin February 16th - The Dual Process Model – latest thinking – St Christopher’s Hospice London March 3rd - 'Dying out of hours - 24/7 care at end of life' NCPC London March 11th - Dying: the Visible and Invisible Process St Christopher’s Hospice London April 6th & 7th - Moving points in Palliative care; diverse needs at end-of-life, traditions, transitions & transformations – Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin
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Resource Updates Net Library Ebook platform trial access The library is running trial access to ebook platform NetLibrary until March 7 th Net Library is one of the largest and most established academic and educational ebook publishing platforms available. The trial provides access to over 600 titles in the Health & Biomedical sciences collection as well as a range of audio books which can be downloaded for use on portable players like ipods or iphones. Books can be downloaded by chapter and the search tool allows for intext search within titles. Feel free to offer any feedback on the trial and if you have any difficulties with searching or accessing titles through NetLibrary contact Laura in the library.
Resource news, trials and updates
Library Collection spotlight – Need help writing reports?
Do you have difficulty understanding the difference between a report and a proposal or an essay? These library books provide tips and guidelines to help you get to grips with the basics of formatting a report or a proposal and how to differentiate between different writing formats. • How to write reports and proposals – Forsyth, P shelved at 808.665 FOR • Writing a report, how to prepare, write and present effective reports – Bowden, J – Shelved at 808.6655 BOW • The mature student’s guide to writing – Rose, J – shelved at 001.4 ROS Keep an eye on the ‘recommended books’ display in the library for more titles of general interest. View all recent acquisitions HERE
Library Ireland Week 2011 will run in libraries around the country from March 7th to 13th This years theme is ‘Smart people use libraries’ and events will focus on the ways libraries and librarians use new technology to increase access to Library resources. Stay tuned to the library blog for library related spotlights throught Library Ireland Week.
Article overviews ‘study Psychological and physical effects of bereavement examining the
In a study prepublished in Aging & mental health entitled ‘Widowhood and the risk of psychiatric care, psychotropic medication and allcause mortality’ Moller et al indicated an increased risk of outpatient psychiatric admission and psychotropic medication use following the loss of a spouse. They reviewed a cohort of people over the age of 75 who had recently lost their partner Of the recently bereaved cohort almost 53% received some form of psychiatric treatment within one year of bereavement. The administration of psychotropic medication was also common. The most common psychotropic medication administered was sleeping pills, which were prescribed to 28.8% of the group. Findings also indicated that women presented a higher risk for outpatient psyciatric care and for the prescription of psychotropic medication. The association between bereavement and cardiac changes was highlighted in Buckley et al’s article ‘Haemodynamic changes during early bereavement: potential contribution to increased cardiovascular risk’ a pre publication from Heart, Lung and circulation. Results of blood pressure and cardiovascular testing on a cohort of 80 recently bereaved individuals indicated higher heart rates and systolic blood pressure in the recently bereaved than in the control group. These findings present evidence for an increased level of vigilance for cardiovascular incidents in the recently bereaved.
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Palliative Care The December issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine spotlights the meeting point of acute care and palliative medicine in emergency admissions. In ‘Palliative care in the emergency department’ Joanne Kenen indicates that with the majority of patients presenting in emergency departments having chronic long term illnesses like dementia, there is an increasing need for palliative care training in the emergency medical environment. The impact of working with dying patients is examined in the December edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Shane Sinclair’s article ‘Impact of death and dying on the personal lives and practices of palliative and hospice care professionals’ surveyed palliative and hospice care professionals on their exposure to death and dying. Respondents indicated that, far from fostering a negative personal outlook on death, their work afforded a unique and positive opportunity to learn from terminal patients and gain meaning in their own lives.
Reviews An overview of selected articles and publications in bereavement palliative care, hospice and end of life care research All featured articles are available on
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In their editorial entitled ‘As it is at the end so it is at the beginning; legal challenges and new horizons for medicalised death and dying’ from the December edition of Medical Law Review Biggs and Ost indicate that a paradigm shift in legislation regarding death and dying is underway. Ethical, political and legal debates on Endoflife care are becoming increasingly entwined and as they argue, potentially complicating issues further. However, despite the law relating to death and dying having been poised on the verge of change for some time the general trend from a medical, ethical and legal perspective appears to be a slow transitioning toward a model of care more closely aligned to patient preference.
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Approaches to death and dying
The Plastic Mind
By Sharon Begley
Death and dying are a common feature for nursing home staff and it is often assumed medical and general healthcare professionals working in this setting are open to discussion of death, dying and bereavement. Osterlind et al’s
The old adage ‘you cant teach an old dog new tricks’ may be officially
study ‘A discourse of silence; professional carers
debunked, at least from a neurological perspective. Anyone who has
reasoning about death and dying in nursing
watched the recent BBC4 documentary series with Dr Michael Mosley ‘The
homes’ published in the January issue of Aging
brain; a secret history’ knows the human brain is a complex beast and
and Society explodes this notion by exploring the
continues to challenge established theory. Sharon Begley’s ‘The plastic
discourse on death and dying in four Swedish
mind’ documents the new science of neuroplasticity, an exciting new chapter
nursing homes. Findings from a series of focus
in neuroscience. Until recently conventional wisdom on the brain held that
group discussions with staff indicated that far
brain cells, unlike other cells were incapable of transformation or
from being open about death and dying these
regeneration. In essence; the brain you were born with was (at least after
processes were ‘silent and silenced’ with
childhood) the one you would have for the rest of your life. Cells damaged
‘emotions pushed to the background’.
by catastrophic events like stroke or severe trauma resulting in loss of
Overall the results illustrated a culture of death
function were categorically incapable of repair. Begley charts the growing
denial which indicates the need for formal
body of evidence of neurogenesis; the birth of new neurons even in adult
palliative care training and support in developing
brains. Although the creation of new neurons following physical activities is
endoflife communications skills for nursing
established neuroplasticity represents a new departure in the approach to
what the brain is capable of. Mental and behavioral possesses, like thinking or meditating can exert an effect on the brain which is visible and
measurable and Begley recounts studies and case histories illustrating these journeys. The forward by the Dalai Lama and the links with Buddhist teaching could trouble the skeptic but rest assured the findings are laid on a bedrock of hard science.
Compiled by; Laura Rooney Ferris
What ‘The plastic mind’ presents is an optimistic tearing down of
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determinism and evidence that we are in fact even at a neurological level
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