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End of life issues in hospitals: Comparing Scotland, Denmark and New Zealand

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(left to right) Lene Jarlbaek, Merryn Gott, David Clark, Richard Meade

This is a chance to enjoy recordings of three leading academics presenting their research into end of life in hospitals in Scotland, Denmark and New Zealand and hear them comparing the differences between the three countries in a lively public discussion. We’d love you to join in the discussion, so please leave your comments or… 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

Podcast: Joanne Lynn and David Clark on MediCaring Communities

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Professor David Clark and Dr Joanne Lynn

What is a MediCaring Community? In this episode Dr Joanne Lynn and Professor David Clark discuss the ideas and practicalities behind the concept. Joanne is a geriatrician, hospice physician, health services researcher, quality improvement advisor, policy advocate and is Director of the Altarum Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness. Her book, MediCaring Communities: Getting… Continue reading

Podcast: Bridget Johnston and Carlos Centeno discuss Dignity Therapy

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Professor Bridget Johnston and Dr Carlos Centeno

In this episode, Professor Bridget Johnston and Dr Carlos Centeno discuss Dignity Therapy from their perspectives as academics and palliative care clinicians. Dignity Therapy is a therapeutic approach which aims to help patients with terminal illnesses to think and to talk about things that are most meaningful to them, and to document their legacy. The… 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

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