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Assisted dying, suffering and dying as a work of art

Published on: Author: Gitte Koksvik 2 Comments

As an anthropologist, I am interested in assisted dying as a cultural practice and in the discourse surrounding it. What does it tell us about our culture and about its values? In line with historian Shai Lavi, I too contend that the most interesting ethical question pertaining to assisted dying is not “what should we do” but… Continue reading

Thinking critically about the Liverpool Care Pathway

Published on: Author: David Clark Leave a comment

It is almost 20 years since ideas about an integrated pathway for the care of the dying were formulated by John Ellershaw and his colleagues in Liverpool. When I first heard the originator speak about it at a lunchtime seminar in Sheffield in November 2001, I recall a two-fold reaction. On the one hand it… Continue reading

A new world map of palliative care development

Published on: Author: Nicole Baur Leave a comment

  For those who seek to advocate for the development of palliative care as an aspect of Universal Health Coverage, having access to good global data is important. There is much interest in trying to understand how and to what extent palliative care is developing in each of the countries of the world. The World… Continue reading

A moment for compassion

Published on: Author: David Clark Leave a comment

In recent times I have been struck by the widespread use of the term ‘compassion’. It is being colonized by many groups, organisations  and discourses – sometimes with rather opposing purposes. Widely used by the supporters of palliative care, it has also been adopted by those that promote assisted dying. It is found in the… Continue reading

A year spent between Spain and Scotland with two end of life research projects

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José Miguel Carrasco

Having returned this week to Spain after a year spent working with the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group at the University of Glasgow, it is time to reflect on the experience. I’d like to weigh up the balance of my experiences there, and to try to explain what has changed for me and why.… 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

Palliative care declarations: mapping a new form of intervention

Published on: Author: 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