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End of life care: how to save hospices from collapse? Less medicine and some lessons from India

Published on: Author: David Clark 1 Comment

David Clark, University of Glasgow For the first time ever, one of Britain’s 200 independent hospices has closed its doors. St Clare’s in Jarrow near Newcastle had been serving its community in the north east of England for 30 years, raising most of its annual costs of £2.2m from local charitable giving. But after a… Continue reading

What do ‘declarations’ tell us about palliative care and euthanasia/assisted dying?

Published on: Author: Hamilton Inbadas Leave a comment

It was in one of our first meetings of the ‘Global interventions at the end of life‘ project in early 2015 that we initiated discussions on the possibility of studying ‘declarations’ on end of life issues. Nearly four years on, I am delighted that our third paper on research into declarations is now published –… Continue reading

The Mitori Project – keeping a ‘watching brief’ on end of life issues in Japan and the UK

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In summer 2018 I spotted a call from the Economic and Social Research Council seeking proposals to build collaboration between researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom, with no constraints on the subject matter. It looked an interesting opportunity. I quickly reached out to my Japanese colleague the philosopher Hirobumi Takenouchi and within a few… Continue reading

PhD Opportunity: Innovation in Community Models of ‘Housing with Care’

Published on: Author: Amy McCreadie 1 Comment

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates for our shortlisted Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith (LKAS) PhD research project: Innovation in Community Models of ‘Housing with Care’ Ageing is often depicted as a burden for society, but there is now a growing realisation that it also provides many opportunities for economic growth and innovation in housing, care and co-production.… Continue reading

Watch With Me – Velai Comigo

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My name is Franklin S. Santos, I am a geriatric doctor, and 11 years ago I started working in teaching, research and assistance in the areas of Thanatology and Palliative Care in Brazil. Since then, I have had the opportunity to organise courses and interdisciplinary books that address these issues. These books became a reference… Continue reading

In touch with the dead

Published on: Author: Marian Krawczyk Leave a comment

One of the most fundamental ways we show love and connection is through touch. This behaviour is so central to our understanding of what it means to be in relationship with another person that visual representations of touch have become one of the most common visual forms of ‘shorthand’ to indicate compassionate caring, including at… Continue reading

The challenge of caring for frail older people as they enter the last year of their lives

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One of the greatest challenges facing the NHS, in this its 70th anniversary year, is the care of  ageing and increasingly frail older people.  End of life care is not something that we as doctors seem to want to talk about, which means that when patients are admitted as an emergency to hospital the default… Continue reading