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Why we compared the level of provision of specialist palliative care services in Scotland with European benchmarks

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L-R Michelle Gillies, David Clark, Hamilton Inbadas, José Miguel Carrasco

Our latest study on the provision of palliative care in Scotland has a focus on the delivery of specialist services. We recognise of course that much  palliative care is also delivered in non-specialist settings: in general practices, across hospitals, in care homes, and in the community. A big driver within the Scottish Government’s 2015 Strategic… Continue reading

Podcast: Helle Timm and David Clark on mapping palliative care

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Professor David Clark and Professor Helle Tim (L-R)

In this conversation Professors Helle Timm and David Clark talk about the purpose and the challenges of mapping palliative care at a global and a European level, and on a more local basis in Denmark and in Scotland. Preview Helle Timm is a cultural sociologist and is Professor of Palliative Care at the Videncenter for… Continue reading

Podcast: ‘Compassionate Korail’ delivering palliative care in a slum of Bangladesh

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Dr Shahaduz Zaman and Dr Nezamuddin Ahmad

In this episode, medical anthropologist and global health expert Dr Shahaduz Zaman speaks to palliative care consultant Dr Nezamuddin Ahmad about a community project which delivers palliative care to people dying in the slums of Dhaka. The project, Compassionate Korail, was founded as a partnership between the Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) in Dhaka and… Continue reading

Truth is the first casualty in the war against pain

Published on: Author: Dr Clare Roques 2 Comments
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

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

A public launch for the Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care

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detail from the Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care

The first national atlas of palliative care in the world, the Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care, received considerable attention on the day it was launched. On Thursday 22 September 2016 I travelled to the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, to launch the Scottish Atlas at the annual conference of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. Everyone at… Continue reading

Maureen Lipman on Dame Cicely Saunders for Great Lives on BBC Radio 4

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Great Lives is a much-loved biographical programme on Radio 4, the BBC’s current affairs and factual radio network. I have often listened to Great Lives at home or in the car and always enjoy the choice of subject, the perspectives of the contributors and the ideas that flow between them. At the time of writing this… 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