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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

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

End of life care in Scottish hospitals: opportunities for further engagement

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the panel at the End of Life Care in Scottish hospitals seminar, Glasgow, November 2015

Marie Curie Scotland and the University of Glasgow co-hosted a seminar End of life care in Scottish hospitals: opportunities for wider engagement. Full coverage of the event is now available. The seminar provided a platform for discussion about end of life care in Scotland, focusing on the healthcare and policy implications of research into the imminence… 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

Identifying those requiring access to palliative and end of life care

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Professor David Clark, University of Glasgow

In this short video presentation I discuss what we know about ways to identify people who are in the last year of their life or who might have palliative care needs. I start by setting out the global context, showing how many people in the world currently die every year, and explaining why this is… Continue reading

Hospitals and end of life care – reactions to a paper

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Letter to the Times

Labouring in the fields of academia can so often result in a product that is consumed only by a few like minded folk. So it can be quite a surprise when our efforts resonate widely with a larger community of interest.  On 17 March we published our paper on Imminence of death in hospital patients … Continue reading

How many people in hospital today will die within a year?

Published on: Author: David Clark 5 Comments

Some time ago a colleague of mine in Ireland, Eugene Murray, then CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, raised the idea of whether it was possible to work out what proportion of people in hospital at any one time are in the last year of life. Knowing the figure, he argued, would assist in advocacy… Continue reading