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Living and dying in pain – it doesn’t have to happen

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Kate Jackson, editor of ehospice International, on Shapinsay, Orkney

75% of the world’s population have no – or inadequate – access to controlled medicines for pain relief. This means that, for many people, a diagnosis of a serious illness such as cancer brings not only a traumatic confrontation with mortality, but also the fear – and reality – of excruciating pain. Pain serves the evolutionary… Continue reading

Understanding hospital palliative care as an affective economy

If, like me, you are a citizen of the global North, the statistical probability is that you–after a protracted illness–will spend your last days and die in an acute-care hospital. Increasingly, a good death in these institutions calls for a specific form of medical expertise–palliative care. As a medical anthropologist, one of my main research… Continue reading

Estar ao Seu Lado: Cuidados Paliativos na Atenção Primária (Brazilian community palliative care project We Are By Your Side)

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nurse treating a patient's leg, courtesy of Estar ao Seu Lado project

Santiago Corrêa writes about his community palliative care project Estar ao Seu Lado (We are by your side) in the south of Brazil. In Portuguese followed by a version in English. O Projeto Estar ao Seu Lado é desenvolvido no município de Rio Grande ao sul do Brasil.  A população atendida pela nossa equipe é… Continue reading

Euthanasia and the EAPC – philosopher Lars Johan Materstvedt responds to David Clark

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Lars Johan Materstvedt, image courtesy of trygve@finkelsen.no

Lars Johan Materstvedt, a professor of philosophy working in medical ethics, writes in response to Professor David Clark’s post Assisted suicide, euthanasia and the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC). Lars Johan is former Chair of the Ethics Task Force on Palliative Care and Euthanasia at the EAPC. The EAPC on euthanasia, 2003 and 2016 After reading… Continue reading

Spinal column: matters of life and death by Melanie Reid

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walkway at the SECC, Glasgow

Melanie Reid’s article appeared in The Times Magazine on Saturday 19 March 2016, and is republished here with the kind permission of the author. Spinal column: matters of life and death ‘I’m very happy to talk about death. I’ve learnt it isn’t remotely the worst thing that can happen’ An icy night in early March,… 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