The challenges of hospital ethnography in a palliative care setting

What can ethnographic research contribute to our understanding of palliative care in institutional settings? In this podcast, medical anthropologists Dr Marian Krawczyk and Dr Shahaduz Zaman compare their experiences of undertaking hospital ethnographies in Western Canada and in Bangladesh. They talk about the challenges and strengths of ethnography, and discuss the ethical issues of undertaking… Continue reading

A bibliography of the publications of Cicely Saunders

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CS publications

When I first became seriously interested in the life and works of Cicely Saunders, back in 1995, I asked Dame Cicely for a copy of her CV. I noticed and was duly impressed that there were even a half-dozen publications listed from the decade before St Christopher’s Hospice opened, in 1967. I had no idea… Continue reading

Estar ao Seu Lado: Cuidados Paliativos na Atenção Primária (Brazilian community palliative care project We Are By Your Side)

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nurse treating a patient's leg, courtesy of Estar ao Seu Lado project

Santiago Corrêa writes about his community palliative care project Estar ao Seu Lado (We are by your side) in the south of Brazil. In Portuguese followed by a version in English. O Projeto Estar ao Seu Lado é desenvolvido no município de Rio Grande ao sul do Brasil.  A população atendida pela nossa equipe é… Continue reading

Refugees and slum dwellers dying without palliative care are among the world’s hidden people, or ‘Huldufólks’

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Shahaduz Zaman and community palliative care workers in Korail slum

I followed community palliative care volunteer Samina through a maze of narrow, crowded alleyways to visit the invisible world of Korail, Bangladesh’s secret slum. Home to an estimated 200,000 people, Korail remains largely uncharted territory. Mapping giants Google show no record of its existence, even though the slum’s population is greater than many UK cities.… Continue reading

Inner light: curating art and therapy at the end of life (Lumière profonde: organisation d’une exposition de travaux d’art-thérapie réalisés en milieu hospitalier)

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visitors at Luz Profunda (Inner Light) exhibition: courtesy of Nadia Collette

What challenges are there in exhibiting art which has used to help terminally ill patients and their relatives? Nadia Collette, art therapist and curator of Inner Light, talks about the project which resulted in an exhibition in Barcelona in the first half of 2016.  This interview was a French-English collaboration, and the blog begins with a translation, followed by… Continue reading

A hospice visit reveals the ‘noun’ and the ‘adjective’

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St Margaret's of Scotland Hospice, Glasgow

I’ve visited many hospices over the years so there’s a sense of familiarity about them, but amongst the ‘pattern recognition’ there’s always a unique feature that jumps out, grabbing the attention. No matter how much one believes rationally in the ‘main-streaming’ of palliative care into the whole healthcare system, there is still something about the individuality of hospice… Continue reading