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A hospice visit reveals the ‘noun’ and the ‘adjective’

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St Margaret's of Scotland Hospice, Glasgow

I’ve visited many hospices over the years so there’s a sense of familiarity about them, but amongst the ‘pattern recognition’ there’s always a unique feature that jumps out, grabbing the attention. No matter how much one believes rationally in the ‘main-streaming’ of palliative care into the whole healthcare system, there is still something about the individuality of hospice… Continue reading

Palliative care or assisted dying? We just need to start talking more about ‘the right to die well’

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the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group meeting in a cafe

In most parts of the world the proponents of palliative care and of assisted dying do not see eye to eye. Palliative care activists say the problems that lead to assisted dying requests can usually be dealt with in ways that do not hasten death. They promote quality of life and reject the idea of… 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

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

‘চিকিৎসা বনাম উপশম‘ Curative versus palliative care (in Bengali and English)

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hand with stethoscope in colours of Bangladesh flag

I wrote this article on curative and palliative care during a research visit to Bangladesh, and it was first published in Bengali newspaper Prothom Alo in February 2016. It is reproduced here with kind permission of the paper’s editors. Following the Bengali text is a version in English. চিকিৎসা এবং উপশম বিষয়ক এই লেখাটি আমি… Continue reading

Assisted suicide, euthanasia and the European Association for Palliative Care

Published on: Author: David Clark 2 Comments
europe map

When this month’s issue of the journal Palliative Medicine dropped through the letter box, I was interested to see that the headline article is a ‘white paper’ from the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) – on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. I often remark that there is no consensus on how we should die. The… Continue reading

First steps towards a palliative care research forum for Scotland

Published on: Author: David Clark 6 Comments

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

Scottish Government launches its Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care

Published on: Author: David Clark 4 Comments
Professor David Clark, Wellcome Trust Investigator, University of Glasgow

I believe that the Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care has captured the core issues that face us in improving care in Scotland for people with life limiting illness and those close to them. The Scottish Government’s document avoids the pitfalls of ‘top-down’ and ‘checklist’ directives, but provides a clear vision and… Continue reading