End of life issues take the floor at Orkney International Science Festival

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Shahaduz Zaman, Hamilton Inbadas and Lynne Collinson on the island of Shapinsay, Scotland

We invited Orkney International Science Festival visitors to take part in a series of discussions about spirituality, ethics and compassionate communities at the end of life in September 2016. The festival’s director Howie Firth describes the annual event as, “something for the whole community to enjoy, something fresh and creative, with surprises and excitement and sheer… Continue reading

Palliative care declarations: mapping a new form of intervention

Published on: Author: Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas 1 Comment
Reverend Dr Hamilton Inbadas, University of Glasgow

When we started our study of palliative care declarations little did I know that this apparently small-scale desk-based study would unfold into an exciting expedition, offering opportunities far beyond its original scope. Well over a year ago, in May 2015, I wrote a blog outlining our plan for studying palliative care declarations listing the declarations… Continue reading

Maureen Lipman on Dame Cicely Saunders for Great Lives on BBC Radio 4

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Great Lives is a much-loved biographical programme on Radio 4, the BBC’s current affairs and factual radio network. I have often listened to Great Lives at home or in the car and always enjoy the choice of subject, the perspectives of the contributors and the ideas that flow between them. At the time of writing this… Continue reading

Understanding hospital palliative care as an affective economy

If, like me, you are a citizen of the global North, the statistical probability is that you–after a protracted illness–will spend your last days and die in an acute-care hospital. Increasingly, a good death in these institutions calls for a specific form of medical expertise–palliative care. As a medical anthropologist, one of my main research… Continue reading

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

Published on: Author: David Clark 1 Comment
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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