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Reflections on the 4th International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference

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Bristol city centre

What puts the ‘public’ in public health palliative care? A flurry of men and women with name badges and conference bags over their shoulders could be seen in the corridor of the Bristol Marriot Hotel at the start of the 4th International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference. I found myself an empty seat in… Continue reading

Challenges of studying end of life care in the global context

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Dr Shahaduz Zaman

Studying end of life care in the global context poses particular challenges due to the diversity of cultural meanings and expectations surrounding death and dying in different global settings. With culturally specific ideas of the ‘good death’ and ‘bad death’, ‘end of life’ becomes a fascinating topic for me as an anthropologist. In a palliative… Continue reading

Discovering palliative care in Kerala by Athira Unni

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Read this great account from a student who spent time this summer in the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala. Huge thanks to Athira Unni for allowing us to post this piece from her own blog, which can be found at: http://chocolateandink.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/monsoon-ipm-discovering-palliative-care-2/ And thanks to Suresh Kumar for making the introduction.   This summer I met… Continue reading

Cicely Saunders, the 1960s and the USA – by David Clark

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Modern activists in palliative and end of life care work increasingly in a global context, where international links and collaborations have been become a regular feature of day to day activity. But it was not always the case. The early pioneers lived in an era before the internet and instant electronic communication. It is interesting… Continue reading

A salute to Derek Doyle – by David Clark

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Derek Doyle 9 July 2014

I am delighted to report that Dr Derek Doyle  received the award of Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Glasgow at a graduation ceremony on our Dumfries Campus, on 9 July. The award was made by the University Chancellor, Professor Sir Kenneth Calman. It was a special moment for the two of them,… Continue reading

American hospice and Medicare

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Medicare in the USA

  The USA is the only country in the world that has developed a full scale ‘for profit’ system specifically to provide care in the last months of life. This hospice ‘industry’ has expanded considerably in recent years and generated significant financial surpluses for shareholders in the process.  It is attracting a lot of interest… Continue reading