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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

Collaboration on Suffering and Autonomy at the End of Life

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Suffering and pain present both practical and theoretical problems. This might be surprising. Having long faced the problem of pain, we might have expected it, by now, to be solved. Pain treatment, however, remains woefully inadequate. Chronic pain is not only often incurable and difficult to manage, it is proliferating. Pain treatment and management are… Continue reading

An invitation to an end of life community event in Dumfries, Scotland

Published on: Author: Marian Krawczyk Leave a comment
Marian Krawczyk and Margaret Dobie

This invitation stems from meeting Margaret Dobie, who I first got to know last fall, shortly after I arrived in Dumfries to join the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. Margaret has attended many of the Group’s community events in Dumfries and Galloway over the last two years, and when I wrote my first post… Continue reading

Intergenerational housing with care

Published on: Author: David Clark Leave a comment
Professor David Clark

There’s a buzz around about ‘mixing’ across the generations, bringing benefits to young and old alike. The Channel Four series about the St Monica Trust ‘Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds’ showed the exciting things that happen when children and older residents spend sustained time together, and also made for great viewing. Hospices like… Continue reading

End of life issues in hospitals: Comparing Scotland, Denmark and New Zealand

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(left to right) Lene Jarlbaek, Merryn Gott, David Clark, Richard Meade

This is a chance to enjoy recordings of three leading academics presenting their research into end of life in hospitals in Scotland, Denmark and New Zealand and hear them comparing the differences between the three countries in a lively public discussion. We’d love you to join in the discussion, so please leave your comments or… Continue reading

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

Published on: Author: David Clark 1 Comment
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