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The challenges of hospital ethnography in a palliative care setting

What can ethnographic research contribute to our understanding of palliative care in institutional settings? In this podcast, medical anthropologists Dr Marian Krawczyk and Dr Shahaduz Zaman compare their experiences of undertaking hospital ethnographies in Western Canada and in Bangladesh. They talk about the challenges and strengths of ethnography, and discuss the ethical issues of undertaking… Continue reading

Estar ao Seu Lado: Cuidados Paliativos na Atenção Primária (Brazilian community palliative care project We Are By Your Side)

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nurse treating a patient's leg, courtesy of Estar ao Seu Lado project

Santiago Corrêa writes about his community palliative care project Estar ao Seu Lado (We are by your side) in the south of Brazil. In Portuguese followed by a version in English. O Projeto Estar ao Seu Lado é desenvolvido no município de Rio Grande ao sul do Brasil.  A população atendida pela nossa equipe é… Continue reading

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

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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