Podcast: ‘Compassionate Korail’ delivering palliative care in a slum of Bangladesh

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Dr Shahaduz Zaman and Dr Nezamuddin Ahmad

In this episode, medical anthropologist and global health expert Dr Shahaduz Zaman speaks to palliative care consultant Dr Nezamuddin Ahmad about a community project which delivers palliative care to people dying in the slums of Dhaka. The project, Compassionate Korail, was founded as a partnership between the Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) in Dhaka and… Continue reading

Podcast: Joanne Lynn and David Clark on MediCaring Communities

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Professor David Clark and Dr Joanne Lynn

What is a MediCaring Community? In this episode Dr Joanne Lynn and Professor David Clark discuss the ideas and practicalities behind the concept. Joanne is a geriatrician, hospice physician, health services researcher, quality improvement advisor, policy advocate and is Director of the Altarum Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness. Her book, MediCaring Communities: Getting… Continue reading

Podcast: Bridget Johnston and Carlos Centeno discuss Dignity Therapy

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Professor Bridget Johnston and Dr Carlos Centeno

In this episode, Professor Bridget Johnston and Dr Carlos Centeno discuss Dignity Therapy from their perspectives as academics and palliative care clinicians. Dignity Therapy is a therapeutic approach which aims to help patients with terminal illnesses to think and to talk about things that are most meaningful to them, and to document their legacy. The… Continue reading

Common or multiple futures for end of life care around the world? Ideas from the ‘waiting room of history’

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Dr Shahaduz Zaman, University of Glasgow

Around the world there is a growing interest in the ways in which dying people are cared for, but there is little or no agreement on what ‘good death’ really means. With such fundamentals left unresolved, should we address the global challenge of end of life care around the world in a unified way, or… Continue reading

Glasgow End of Life Studies Group members reveal their highlights of 2016

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What were your milestones, highlights, top tips and even low points in 2016? Our bloggers start the conversation with their notable moments from the year: David Clark It has been a terrific time for the project. In March I was able to lay out the scope of our ambitions at the Palliative Care Congress in Glasgow. During… Continue reading

Christmas 1965, Cicely Saunders writes to American sociologist Anselm Strauss

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Cicely Saunders

As Christmas approached in December 1965, Cicely Saunders could look back on a year of considerable achievement. After seven years, she had decided to leave St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, where she had learned in-depth the craft of caring for dying patients. She was now devoting the whole of her time to the planning of… Continue reading

To Comfort Always: lessons from the past to inform the future at Hospice UK 2016

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David Clark at Hospice UK conference (image copyright Jonathan Goldberg jongoldberg.co.uk)

I have had close links with Hospice UK for many years, serving first as a Trustee and now as a Vice-President. So it was a real honour to be invited to give the opening plenary at the charity’s annual conference in Liverpool, in a splendid riverside setting overlooking the Mersey.  The timing was good too. … Continue reading