Posts by David Clark

Palliative care or assisted dying? We just need to start talking more about ‘the right to die well’

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the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group meeting in a cafe

In most parts of the world the proponents of palliative care and of assisted dying do not see eye to eye. Palliative care activists say the problems that lead to assisted dying requests can usually be dealt with in ways that do not hasten death. They promote quality of life and reject the idea of… Continue reading

Assisted suicide, euthanasia and the European Association for Palliative Care

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europe map

When this month’s issue of the journal Palliative Medicine dropped through the letter box, I was interested to see that the headline article is a ‘white paper’ from the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) – on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. I often remark that there is no consensus on how we should die. The… Continue reading

First steps towards a palliative care research forum for Scotland

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As academics in palliative care in Scotland (David Clark, Marie Fallon and Scott Murray) we are delighted to see the prominent place given to research in the recently-published Scottish Government Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care (2016-21).  The Framework and the supporting evidence report not only draw heavily on recent… Continue reading

Cicely Saunders’ book Beyond the Horizon translated into German

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Martina Holder Franz

Published in German 10 years after the death of Cicely Saunders, Der Horizont ist nur die Grenze unserer Sicht  is a worthy tribute to her and a significant contribution to the continuing Saunders legacy. Diverse in content, liberal leaning in its theology, Beyond the Horizon has roots deep in tradition and draws on several cultures,… Continue reading

Scottish Government launches its Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care

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Professor David Clark, Wellcome Trust Investigator, University of Glasgow

I believe that the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care has captured the core issues that face us in improving care in Scotland for people with life limiting illness and those close to them. The Scottish Government’s document avoids the pitfalls of ‘top-down’ and ‘checklist’ directives, but provides a clear vision and… Continue reading

Join the discussion about hospital inpatients in Scotland who are in the last year of life

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Professor David Clark

It is a rare experience in an academic career to carry out a project with a simple research question, to publish the findings and then to find there is unprecedented interest from many quarters.   That was how things worked out with our study of the imminence of death among a national cohort of hospital inpatients,… Continue reading

A symposium on the life and work of Cicely Saunders (Un simposio sobre la vida y el trabajo de Cicely Saunders)

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Martina Holder Franz, Enric Benito, David Clark, Isabel Neto, Carlos Centeno (L-R) at the Hospital San Juan de Dios, Pamplona

Can you imagine fifty medical students and fifty palliative care practitioners giving up what might be the last warm, sunny Saturday of the year to attend a symposium about someone who was born ninety seven years ago? The attendees’ attraction and motivation would have to be high. And so they were on 17 October at… Continue reading