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Dr Clare Roques – My PhD Journey

In January 2012 I began studying for a cross-disciplinary PhD supervised by David Clark and Sandy Whitelaw from the End of Life Studies Team at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries Campus. My thesis, entitled ‘The Treatment of Pain in India: power and practice’, was borne from the notion that global health improvement initiatives, despite being… Continue reading

‘Passive euthanasia’ is legal in India: what difference does it make?

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On 9 March 2018, in a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of India ruled that “‘passive euthanasia’ is lawful and legally permissible in this country”. What is the significance of this judgement, what are its implications for end of life care in India and what will the general public understand about this constitutional development? The key… Continue reading

Truth is the first casualty in the war against pain

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Clare Roques

Pain is a far-reaching phenomenon, present in all of our lives, whether it be the daily pain of hunger, the pain of loss, of bereavement, or following trauma, a heart attack or long-term disease, even terminal cancer. Untreated pain is a great burden – to individuals who suffer emotionally and are predisposed to further complications… Continue reading

Clare Roques presents research into pain management in India at two Indian conferences

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Clare Roques

Arriving in Mumbai, the city I am most familiar with in India, I reflected on how much had changed for me back home in the last year: a new home, a new job, and a husband. The noise, smells and sights of India felt reassuringly familiar. Less than 24 hours later I boarded a flight… Continue reading

தமிழகத்தில் ஆதரவு சிகிட்சை Palliative care in Tamil Nadu

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Reverend Dr Hamilton Inbadas working with a patient

வேலூர் கிறித்தவ மருத்துவக் கல்லூரி மருத்துவமனையில் ஆதரவு சிகிட்சைத்துறையில் ஆயராகப் பணியாற்ற 2004 – ம் ஆண்டு அழைப்புப் பெற்றேன். அப்போது தான் குணப்படுத்த இயலாத கொடிய நோய்களால் பாதிகப்பட்டவர்கள் மற்றும் மரணத்தருவாயில் இருப்போரைக் கவனிப்பதற்காக சிகிச்சை பிரிவு என்று ஒன்று இருப்பதை தெரிந்து கொண்டேன். அனைத்து மக்களும் ஒரு நாள் மரணத்தை சந்தித்தே ஆகவேண்டும். கொடிய நோய்களின் பாதிப்பால் மரணத்தை சந்திக்கிறவர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை நாளுக்கு நாள் அதிகரித்துக்கொண்டேயிருக்கிறது. புற்று நோய் போன்ற கொடிய உயிர்க் கொல்லி… Continue reading

Community participation in palliative care: A conversation with Dr Devi Vijay and Dr Shahaduz Zaman

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Dr Shahaduz Zaman in conversation with Dr Devi Vijay

As a medical anthropologist on the Wellcome Trust funded project  Global Interventions at the End of Life, I am interested in community participation in palliative care. In our study we are investigating the transfer and translation of a range of end of life interventions, across cultures and settings. One of these is the Neighbourhood Networks in Palliative Care… Continue reading

Researching pain and palliative care in India

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Clare Roques

So, another year and another trip to India. During the last three years I have travelled to various cities of India to attend the yearly conferences of the Indian Society for the Study of Pain (ISSP) and the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) in order to collect data for my social science doctorate, looking… Continue reading

Dr Saunders and Dr Rustomjee – an early example of #hpmglobal

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  Just before Easter 1961, Cicely Saunders sat down to send greetings to a colleague. It was someone who shared her interests in developing special facilities and approaches for the care of the dying – especially those with advanced cancer. Nothing unusual in that. She was now getting into her stride with a growing ambition… Continue reading